Encouraging kids to get out side to play can be hard work in an age of computer games and working parents.
Encouraging kids to get outside to play can be hard work in an age of computer games and working parents.
Family Works mentor coordinator, Darlene Purdie, has found the answer in Parkour, “the sport you do when you don’t do sports”.
Parkour is the art of moving through a space in the most efficient way using running, climbing and jumping.
For Darlene, setting up a Parkour Club in Blenheim will resolve many issues: “We’ve attracted a whole new team of mentor/ trainers and we’ve found an activity that the kids think is cool, that is all about personal progress and that has them motivated to be outside, working on their moves all day.”
Blenheim Primary school will host the Club from 26 April. Initially, children will attend for free. “Most of the families we work with just don’t have the money for after school activities,” says Darlene.
Local firm, Crown Sheet Metal, has chipped in to help cover costs. Parkour New Zealand is also on board.
Darlene is on the lookout for one or two more local supporters to meet the cost of ongoing training and development.