Walkden High School Wowed By Parkour Display
Parents, pupils and teachers at Walkden High School were stunned by flips and tricks performed in the opening act of their annual Express Yourself Showcase – an event organised by the Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation.
Young people, all aged between 11 and 14, have been attending a weekly parkour/free running club delivered by Sporting Foundations for Life (SF4L), a multi-sport community engagement programme which aims to provide alternative sporting activity for those who do not normally participate. Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation, the charitable arm of LCCC, lead on the programme, alongside Salford Red Devils Foundation and supported by Trafford Housing Trust and City West Housing Trust.
The club was established following a consultation exercise carried out by SF4L staff in Eccles Recreation Ground last summer. A small group of young people stated they enjoyed free running but there were few safe opportunities for them to practise. Discussions with Walkden High School’s PE department saw the club begin in November and since that time over 50 young people have taken part, with a regular turnout of 25 and has begun to attract girls as well as boys. Some have even established their own group, the Goldan Eagl Stunt Team, giving them a collective identity.
The opportunity to put together a routine for the school’s Express Yourself showcase was eagerly taken on, with the young people given the responsibility of selecting the song to perform to and the routine, lighting and video. Despite some nerves beforehand, they all performed superbly and are all keen to repeat their display in the near future.
Helen Tattum, a parent governor at the school thought the Showcase was excellent, adding ‘It was a privilege to be in the audience. What comes across is the enthusiasm of the pupils for what they are doing and above all that they are having fun being a part of such a positive production. It was great to see so many boys taking part and well done for providing the opportunity for them to be involved in activities that they looked very comfortable in.”
Yair Yifrah, one of those who attended the initial consultation event said: “We wanted to do free running at the Showcase because we thought it would be fun and a good way to show everyone what we have been doing over the past few months. We have enjoyed it so much that we wanted to promote the sport to a wider audience!”
Sporting Foundations for Life staff are keen to work with youth and community groups, including uniformed services, across Salford and Trafford to provide new sporting opportunities. If you are a member of any such group, please contact Howard Shore at Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation via email: email@example.com.