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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 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 4pm - 6pm 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.

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.”

Further information on the sessions can be found here


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