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New activity for teenagers at Memorial Park, Fleetwood

Parkour poster Published Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Wyre Council, in partnership with Active Lancashire are launching a 10 week pilot project to offer parkour at Memorial Park, Fleetwood.

Parkour, also known as Free-running is a non-competitive physical sport where you train your body to move freely over and through open spaces using only the abilities of your body. Movements can include running, swinging, rolling, jumping, climbing and vaulting, and can be practised anywhere.

Practising parkour can help increase fitness and strength as well as balance, coordination and control. It can also be good for developing a creative vision.

The exercise, enjoyed mostly by teenagers, can build confidence and self-discipline whilst inciting responsibility for one’s actions and environment.

The project will be launched at a private lunchtime session at Cardinal Allen High School in Fleetwood on Wednesday 4 July where pupils will be offered the chance to have a go at this unique sport.

The sessions held at Memorial Park are aimed at 14-19 year olds, but are not exclusive to that age group. They will be taking place every Wednesday evening from 6pm - 8pm beginning on 4 July and will run for 10 weeks.

The sessions will be delivered by Tom Redfern, a level 2 UKCC Parkour coach from Project Z Parkour. They are completely free and Wyre Council along with Active Lancashire are encouraging many young people to come along and trial the sport. We do not however, encourage young people to try the sport themselves, without supervision or training, as it can be quite dangerous and they could hurt themselves or others.

As well as providing an opportunity to improve fitness levels and be creative, parkour also provides young people the opportunity to meet others, socialise and free run together.

Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scenes and Park and Open Spaces at Wyre Council comments: “I am pleased to be able to work with our partners in this way to offer a variety of activities for young people to take part in. It’s great to be able to offer something new using our existing facilities at the park.”

Councillor Roger Berry, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Community Safety comments at Wyre Council comments “I hope that this might go some way towards helping to reduce antisocial behaviour and I look forward to more of these diversionary activities which are planned for this summer.”

For more information about Project Z Parkour visit their website

Also taking place this summer at Memorial Park is Saturday games night. The multi-sports sessions will take place on Saturday evenings 6pm-7pm beginning Saturday 14 July. The sessions, offered through Active Lancashire are for young people aged 14-25 years old and are free but will need consent forms completed for each participant. Activities include football, boxfit, free running, basketball and many others. 

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