Parkour site opens in Lancing

The Offical opening of Parkour at Monks Recreation Ground, Lancing W43517h11
The Offical opening of Parkour at Monks Recreation Ground, Lancing W43517h11

LANCING proved it is listening to the village’s youth after it opened a permanent parkour site.

The new facility at Monks Recreation Ground, in Crabtree Lane, has been praised by young and old alike, with those using the site saying it’s a great way to practise.

Parkour, also known as free-running, is best known as a sport where users leap from one obstacle to another in the fastest and most efficient way.

Parkour fan Sam Phillips, 16, of Lisher Road, Lancing, started fighting for the facility a couple of years ago.

He said: “I originally thought nothing was going to be done as many people thought we were just yobs jumping up on things.

“Once I started talking about it as my passion and how much I loved it, they started to listen.”

He said by having a parkour site in Lancing it was putting the village on the global map.

He said: “The community is massive around the world – people from Denmark are planning to come next March and people from Australia and America want to come over next year.”

Alister O’Loughlin, from Urban Playground, said the park was a great place to learn the fundamentals of Parkour.

He added: “Parkour is simply about expressing yourself through movement which is safe, efficient and fluid. It’s not a danger sport, and it’s not competitive.

“It’s open to everyone, and the council here is being incredibly long-sighted in providing this free facility for those local people already interested and others who may become interested.”

For the full story and more pictures buy the November 3 edition of the Lancing Herald.