REPOST: Parkour site is given the thumbs-up

With more cities opening up new facilities for parkour, enthusiasts can have better access to a fast-growing sport that can potentially serve a cost-effective but equally beneficial alternative to gym-based exercise routines. Read the following story for more insights.

Parkour fans from across the Midlands came to Loughborough to enjoy the first Parkour Park in the area.

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HAILED as the only park of its kind in the Midlands, scores of free-running enthusiasts from Loughborough and beyond came for the opening of the town’s first Parkour playground.

Parkour is an urban sport, where participants use their entire bodies to jump, flip and crawl from one location to the next using the natural environment.

This can be from walls, rails, benches and bins.

The sport derived from the French, but in Loughborough, it was a small group called the Flowflys that really set the trend.

The council has been working with the group as well as Natural Sports and Jump Parkour to bring the bespoke park to the people of Charnwood.

It was officially opened at Southfields Park on Saturday, October 18.

Andrew Lloyd, known as Floyd and founder of the Flowflys, told the Echo: “It is amazing. The community will benefit so much from it.

“It is a permanent base for us and this will enhance what we have already got in Loughborough and will be a place to train and practice.”

The new park includes a number of obstacles and has been funded by £42,000 of Section 106 money, which is money gained from new developments.

Marcus Reader, managing director of Natural Sports, which builds Parkour parks, told the Echo: “It is very important. There is a big desire for people to train in Parkour.

“People have had the wrong idea in the past. There is an anti-social preconception about it, but it is the complete opposite.”

Dan Timms, of coaching organisation Jump Parkour, added: “Sites like this get to show people the community side of things and it is a safe place to train.

“We have got people all over the Midlands here from Derby and Rugby. This will be the destination park for the whole Midlands.”

Coun David Snartt, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, attended the event with Coun Hilary Fryer and Mayor of Charnwood Coun Paul Day.

He said “I am excited to see this new facility brought alive by the Parkour community and would once again like to thank the youngsters who helped us to create this space.

“We already have a small Parkour community within the borough and we hope this new facility will introduce the sport to even more people.”

I am Brent Morgan Waco, a fitness buff and parkour enthusiast. Follow me on Twitter to know more about how parkour works.


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