Parkour site in Flackwell Heath will be good for community, says local coach

Bucks Free Press: Parkour equipment similar to planned facilities in Flackwell Heath Parkour equipment similar to planned facilities in Flackwell Heath

A NEW sports facility to be built in Flackwell Heath could unite the community, not tear it apart, claims a Parkour coach from Chesham.

The building of a controversial Parkour facility is to start within the month, despite fears from residents that the new site would be a haven for anti-social behaviour.

Parkour is a fairly new high-adrenaline sport similar to free-running where participants have to navigate their way around obstacles.

Reece Chapman, a Parkour coach said: “There is a surprisingly big market for Parkour, and I was really happy when I saw a new facility would be built in Flackwell Heath.

“We have found that these activities are good for the community. At the end of the day you will get trouble anywhere, even at parks. It is only up to the individual and how sensible they want to be.

“There is nothing we can do to control that, if there is a way to police it I am sure that will be looked in to.”

He added despite what people see on the television Parkour isn’t all about running and jumping off buildings and it is instead quite controlled.

Mr Chapman said: “There is a slight difference between free-running and Parkour. It is basically movement from point A to B. However, there are a lot more tricks and flicks."

He added: “It is great that people now have a place to train locally.”

The new Parkour facility will be built on the recreation ground near Straight Bit road.

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10:46pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

'a Parkour coach said: “There is a surprisingly big market for Parkour, and I was really happy when I saw a new facility would be built in Flackwell Heath.'

An unexpected bonus for Parkour coaches and other yobs.
'a Parkour coach said: “There is a surprisingly big market for Parkour, and I was really happy when I saw a new facility would be built in Flackwell Heath.' An unexpected bonus for Parkour coaches and other yobs. Undercover Euro Yob
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1:13pm Mon 17 Mar 14

stir up says...

Another waste of money
Another waste of money stir up
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1:15pm Mon 17 Mar 14

stir up says...

Should have added what will the resident living near to this do when it becomes a gathering site. We can only hope it is good for the youth to at least have something for them, but will it be a white elephant as the other bits and pieces are near to it.
Should have added what will the resident living near to this do when it becomes a gathering site. We can only hope it is good for the youth to at least have something for them, but will it be a white elephant as the other bits and pieces are near to it. stir up
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6:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Look after the younger generation says...

The recreation ground is for everyone to enjoy, including the younger generation. The Parkour has already been proved to be popular in so many other villages/towns - and there've been no 'yobs' congregating. Where would you suggest that the youth of Flackwell Heath meet and have fun, if not at the village recreation ground?
The recreation ground is for everyone to enjoy, including the younger generation. The Parkour has already been proved to be popular in so many other villages/towns - and there've been no 'yobs' congregating. Where would you suggest that the youth of Flackwell Heath meet and have fun, if not at the village recreation ground? Look after the younger generation
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9:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Yeah - it's not as if the site has been the centre for yob behaviour for some miles around in the past is it?
Yeah - it's not as if the site has been the centre for yob behaviour for some miles around in the past is it? Undercover Euro Yob
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