Look out for us this week in Exeter’s Express & Echo Newspaper. Full page writeup about the Street Motion Exeter Freerunning Academy and a big photo of our club members using the air pad.
Read the full article here:
“THE wise, experienced and holders of bus passes invariably think that young people should not hang about in parks and should join a club instead.
Now Exeter has the ideal club for such youngsters. They join up and hang about in parks – and leap, jump, perform aerial tricks, bounce off walls and generally run themselves into the ground with an imagination and verve that is as admirable as it is fascinating.
It is the Exeter Street Motion Freerunners which is as good an example of how to have fun and let off steam as you could wish to find.
Freerunning is powerful, explosive movement involving and using everyday objects as a creative space to run, jump, climb, flip and perform all manner of aerial tricks.
Dom Rott is the man behind the group which was set up at St Luke’s just over a year ago and has since attracted some of the fittest youngsters – boys and girls – in and around the city.
Freerunning – also known by the French name of Parkour – is just that, the basics being learned and refined in the gym, the full freedom being expressed in public open spaces.
To help things along the club has invested in the UK’s largest Air Pad inflatable training surface, custom built by Tracks 2000, which all but covers the dance hall floor at St Luke’s Science & Sports College and provides the extra bounce and indoor safety that allows for even more freedom of expression – without the bruises to match.
Said Dom: “It is a substantial piece of equipment which has been on the wish list for a long time. It is the largest Motion Air Pad of its kind in the UK and the only one in the whole of Devon and Cornwall.
“It is specially designed for tricking and street stunts and will allow us to introduce a whole new set of movements which would not have been possible to learn on mats alone.
“The large surface area makes it particularly good for twisting moves like corkscrews and butterfly twists which can incorporate a lot of sideward travel.”