Well it is finally happening. Crawley Parkour's VERY FIRST indoor Parkour facility opens to the public on February 10th 2018 at 13:00.
Traversal gym is an indoor Parkour, weights and aerial sling/fitness facility promoting individuals to Believe, Perform & Achieve.
We cannot begin to explain the amount of hard work and effort that has gone into getting this up and running. What started off as an idea has finally happened. It all started 2007, when Drew and Dave first met. Drew was an aspiring young Parkour athlete with a dodgy haircut and Dave was the Extreme Sports Developement Officer at Crawley Borough Council.
Liz Hart, the community arts officer for CBC originally started professional Parkour practice with UPG by visting schools in the area.
In 2009, Crawley Borough Council, along with UPG (Urban Playground Team, a team that mix Parkour with contemporary performance dance), opened the Bewbush Parkour Training Area (PKTA). This became the base of Crawley Parkour's classes, which first started as Crawley Parkour back in 2013.
Since then, 11 years later, Crawley Parkour has expanded into a strong and hard working team consisting of talented athletes from West Sussex, all with different sporting backgrounds. The team consists of;
Dave Downey (Director)
Drew Ratcliff (Head Coach/ Director)
Josh Lee (Co-Director)
The idea of an indoor Parkour facility was always floating around, but it was only 18 months ago when the ball really started rolling.
With all the highs and lows, ups and downs, stress, fun, laughter, tears, Crawley Parkour found a facility, located in Linchmere Place, Crawley to open their very first indoor Parkour facility.
The gym, named "Traversal" has been a huge project for all of us involved, and with it being the first indoor Parkour facility in West Sussex, we know it is going to be a success.
Of course, none of this could have happened without all the community interest, the students coming to our sessions, the parents for taking them. All the people who voted in the Aviva Community Funding scheme, which we secured £5000 for new safety flooring, similiar to the one at the Bewbush Parkour Training Area. This goes hand in hand with our idea of teaching safe and efficient Parkour movement. We also received funding from Courage Dyer Recreational Trust & West Sussex County Local Committee's Community Investment Fund, we owe a massive thank you to them, because without them this project wouldn't of gone forward. We would also like to thank the Government Start Up Business Loan Scheme, which gave us significant funding towards the project.
With an unhealthy amount of hours going into painting, designing, planning, constructing, testing, trialing, erroring, everything finally started coming together. With the blocks built and the warehouse complete, we are ready to open to the public this Saturday! (FEB 10TH) at 1:00pm.
If you wish to book on to our classes, click the link attached!
We hope to see you one day trying out our indoor facility!