VIDEO: Soldiers and free-runners dazzle in Sheffield Parkour display

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Daredevil membership of a Sheffield activity group is climbing - after a dedicated practice facility was created in a park.

Parkour - where people use their body to move between places as efficiently as possible - is booming in the city.

21 Feb 2015......Armed forces join Sheffield's Parkour movement for 'free running' event in Endcliffe Park.Sheffield Parkour's Ahmed Saricicek and army resrvist Damien Brown. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/25d

21 Feb 2015......Armed forces join Sheffield's Parkour movement for 'free running' event in Endcliffe Park.Sheffield Parkour's Ahmed Saricicek and army resrvist Damien Brown. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/25d

On Saturday soldiers and members of Sheffield Parkour Movement demonstrated the practice in Endcliffe Park - wowing passers-by with their jumps and flips and encouraging youngsters to give simpler moves a try.

A training space opened at the park - providing an alternative to the urban setting people usually practice in - last year after a five-year campaign secured £20,000.

It is the only one of its kind in the north of England.

Ahmed Saricicek, aged 24, and of Abbeydale, said the number of people taking part in Parkour in Sheffield had ‘tripled’ in six months.

He said: “When this facility first opened we came and practiced for 12 hours.

“It’s so important because it gives us the freedom to train as much as we want.

“You’d be surprised how many people have started doing Parkour - a lot more women are too.”

Ecclesall Coun Diana Stimely has been involved with the campaign for five years.

She said: “Sometimes when you walk past you can’t see the frame for people using it - it is so wonderful.”

The facility was paid for with funding from the Ministry of Defence through a community covenant grant scheme.

Sheffield Council’s covenant has, since 2011, encourage people to support the armed forces locally.

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