Parkour Adventure Trail
York High School’s Technology department embarked on the ultimate challenge to design a play park for the site on Cornlands Road back in September 2015. The pupils had the privilege of working with York based company Playscheme of Elvington to create an area that would improve fitness, fun and wellbeing for all involved and their creative ideas and collaborative working led them toward an outdoor adventure trail based on the Parkour concept of free running.
Playscheme brought the pupils ideas to life through Computer Aided Design with the final trail consisting of a range of vaults, jump boxes, wall jumps, ramps, agility course and a trampoline.
The pupils, now in Year 10, were delighted to hear that a bid to Awards for All for a significant proportion of the funding required had been successful, meaning their excellent ideas could become a reality. A non-uniform day also supported the fundraising alongside a generous donation from a local company, Bulloughs Cleaning Services Ltd.
Crucially, some of the equipment is specifically designed to be used by wheelchair users who attend the school as well as other students with a range of physical disabilities. The exciting equipment will accommodate young people regardless of their level of physical skills and will help to develop balance, coordination, agility and spatial awareness as well as improving confidence and self-esteem and develop life skills including team working and leadership.
The project has inspired future projects in the Technology Department at York High School with pupils further enhancing their creativity and computer Aided Design skills. The facility was installed in early June and is now being enjoyed by all the pupils at York High.
For further information please contact Amanda Underwood (Subject Leader Technology) at York High School, on 01904 555500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Names (from l-r): Jessica Cowey (Yr10 pupil), Mark Chester (Playscheme), Michael Beckett (Yr10 pupil), Amanda Underwood (Subject Leader Technology), Ashleigh Cleet (Playscheme).