In partnership with Essex County Council’s Youth Service, we developed a 6 week program aimed at helping young people manage stress and anxiety. The course combines Parkour with informal education and addresses key factors in stress and anxiety from relationships, to diet, to exercise.
We have so far been funded to run the course in 3 schools (West Hatch, Boswells and Forrest Hall) and are hoping to deliver it in two further schools in Chelmsford.
We hugely enjoyed delivering the courses and if nothing else, we all had a lot of fun. We have been given some great feedback after completing these first 3 projects. And we hope the young people have learnt skills that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.
Everyone who took part did amazingly and showed some great progress in the 6 short sessions we spent together. It was great to see members of the group, who were shy at the start, become more confident and more determined to succeed in the challenges we set them, as the weeks progressed.
Parkour in it’s very nature, requires self confidence and self belief. Without either of these, many of the movements we practice would be much harder or possibly even impossible to achieve. We hope to show people that these two traits, when applied correctly, are important skills to learn and use to overcome all of life’s challenges.
So we would like to say a big thank you to Essex County Council, the three schools and of course all the young people involved for giving us the opportunity to use our passion for Parkour in such a positive and constructive way.