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Published on July 10th, 2014 | by admin


Free Running Facility Opens In North Solihull

A new facility  designed for the sport of free running – also known as parkour – was opened  in Meriden Park, North Solihull today by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Kate Wild.

The sport involves finding new ways of crossing urban landscapes by vaulting, leaping and climbing, is gaining popularity in the UK.

Money raised by local Fordbridge community group, CAFE, from an Awards for All grant was used to purchase and install the free running equipment which consists of walls and bars.

The sport originally termed Art du Deplacement was founded in France in the 1980s by a group of nine young men. The term ‘Parkour’ deriving from the French word Parcours meaning ‘route’ or’ course’ was first introduced in 1998. The term ‘Freerunning’ was introduced  to communicate this new sport to an English-speaking audience.

What is Parkour / Free Running / Art du Deplacement? 

Parkour / Free running / Art du Deplacement is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement.

The sport aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline and self-reliance, and responsibility for one’s actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and for one’s environment, self-expression, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery and safety at all times.

Official Opening

Officially opening the new facility, the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, said: “This is a brilliant, much needed resource for Solihull and brings huge benefits to the local community. It will give our local young people the opportunity to remain active and enjoy a unique hobby in one of the borough’s beautiful parks.”

Following the official opening free coaching sessions, wrist bands and t shirts were available to the young people present.


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