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Posted On: 29th Aug 2014

Freerunning Fix On ITV

Jay Coomber demonstrates his freerunning skills
Fixer Kaylum Sapseid
PSCO Stephanie Biggs, Wiltshire Police

Concerned that some people consider freerunning to be an anti-social activity, Salisbury Fixers are highlighting its benefits and encouraging others their age to give it a go.

 

Their story was shown on ITV News Meridian (W) on Thursday 4th September.

 

Led by Jay Coomber (19) and Kaylum Sapseid (17) the group want to show that there’s more to the sport than jumping off walls, and that it requires training and discipline to practice it safely.

 

'The best part of freerunning from my point of view would be the friendship,' explains Jay, who credits the activity with helping him turn his life around.

'It just creates a really good bond for everyone when you are training and it helps everyone to progress.'

Kaylum adds: 'Some teenagers do drugs and smoke and they're not into sports.

'I know of people who have been like that, but then they've got into freerunning and they have completely changed as a person.’

With Fixers, the team have helped create a leaflet to show others the dos and don’ts of freerunning - a type of acrobatics that incorporates jumps and flips in outdoor urban areas.

'Do start somewhere safely, in a gym with crash mats, padded floor and foam pits,' Kaylum urges.

'Don't go out and straight away jump on a wall or off something high without knowing what to do.’

PSCO Stephanie Biggs from Wiltshire Police appears in the broadcast to support the campaign and the safe practice of freerunning in the area.

'From a police perspective we have no problem with it,’ she says.

‘That’s providing they are sensible, show respect for other people's property and make sure they participate with proper training.'

Jay adds: ‘Before I started freerunning I was on a downhill track.

‘But then everything turned around – I now have a good job, lifestyle and friends.’

Kaylum continues: ‘I would be happy if more people got into freerunning and understood what it’s about.

‘We’re not acting stupid. We train to do something we love.’

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Author: Cara Laithwaite

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