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In the early 1980’s, France was the birth place of the sport now known as Parkour or Freerunning.

It is widely believed that the sport was founded by nine people – David Belle, Yann Hnautra, Chau Belle, Laurent Piemontesi, Sebastien Foucan, Guylain N’Guba Boyeke, Charles Perriere, Malik Diouf and Williams Belle – and their network of friends.

Tell me more about Parkour!

In Parkour or Freerunning, runners use only their bodies to move freely through and over any terrain. It primarily involves running, jumping, climbing, and quadrupedal movements. The goal is to develop the fundamental attributes that are necessary for this type of movement, including functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control, and creative vision, in order to be successful.

In addition to his or her physical and mental limitations, the sport encourages self-improvement on all levels. The practice involves training your body and mind so that you can be as fully functional, effective, and liberated as possible in whatever environment you find yourself in.

Taking part in the sport builds confidence, determination, self-discipline, self-reliance, and responsibility. Play, discovery, and safety are all important components of learning. It promotes humility, respect for others, appreciation of the environment and self-expression.

Where can I learn Parkour?

The good news is we have classes here at West Coach Academy, with passionate qualified coaches.
Our classes run 7 days a week, so you are sure to find a class to fit in with your schedule.

Click here to see our timetable, and then head to the home page to book a trial through our portal!

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