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Adventurous youngsters are winners on extreme sports project in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 12:37 18 July 2011

Children enjoying the adventure play project

Children enjoying the adventure play project

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»Youngsters had fun testing out a host of thrilling sports and activities in an adventure play project.

The scheme, held at Valence Park in Dagenham, saw around 500 children riding BMX bikes, skateboarding and try in-line skating and free-running.

They were lent free equipment and guided by a team of professionals from companies Team Extreme and Parkour Generations.

The project aims to encourage youngsters, aged from seven to 16, to take part in “risky play” and as a result grow in confidence.

On Wednesday last week, participants showcased their skills for parents and friends during a grand finale.

‘Exciting’

Ranger Ruth Taylor, said the week was a big success.

She said: “There were children who came along who were a bit unsure at first, but really enjoyed it once they’d given it a go.

“To do something you’ve never done before is exciting.”

The Adventurous Play Project has also been held at Castle Green in Dagenham, with a grand finale taking place this evening.


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