GALLERY: Youngsters get the chance to enjoy some high energy freerunning as �42,000 play area opens

YOUNGSTERS got some free lessons in the high-energy sport of freerunning when a �42,000 play area was opened in Chatteris on Friday.

They watched a group of experts demonstrate the bewildering series of jumps, vaults and backflips that are possible on the equipment that has just been installed at Wenny Road recreation ground.

Freerunning is an increasingly popular, non-competitive sport. The new site is the first of its kind in Fenland.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for open spaces, cut the ribbon at the official opening.

He said: “The demonstration of the skills involved was amazing. It showed there is something here for everyone – all age groups and all levels of fitness and ability. It’s great fun and it’s safe, so I hope it’ll get very well used.”

Cllr Murphy was joined for the opening by representatives from Lappset, the company that has provided all the equipment.

The new site has been funded by Section 106 development money.