Video: Youngsters learn the art of parkour

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Brave youngsters put their trust in a group a top professionals to learn the art of parkour - ready for a public show in a week’s time.

Six young people from north Kirklees have been getting lessons from The Urban Playground Team on the James Bond-style stunts which involves running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping and rolling across a city or town centre area.

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The experts - who have appeared on TV programmes including Blue Peter - are preparing for their show ‘STEAM’ which will be set on a skeletal steam train structure in Batley and Dewsbury on September 4-5.

They have spent the past four days rehearsing with a group of youngsters - drawn from a variety of backgrounds - for a special scene which will be fed into the outdoor show.

Vicky Holliday, a producer at Creative Scene, the arts council-funded project which organised the sessions, said: “They young people have come on in leaps and bounds in terms of confidence and team work. There’s a big part of the show that relies on them trusting each other - that people are in the right places at the right times - so they don’t injure themselves. I think it’s been a massive learning curve for them and given them something really positive to focus on.”

The Urban Playground Team’s STEAM performance takes place outside Batley train station on September 4 at 5.40pm and 6.40pm and at Dewsbury train station, as part of Westival, on September 5, at noon and 2.40pm.

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