Global urban sports stars fly in to see new Airborn Academy in Liverpool

World champions in parkour show off their talents
Pro Jam Free Running event at Airborn Academy in Boundary Street is a roadblock

International sports stars competed in Liverpool at the weekend in what is thought to be the biggest free-running event ever held.

World champions in parkour, an urban skill which involves climbing, leaping and flipping from place to place, gathered at the new Airborn Academy on Boundary Street to show off their talents.

Experts such as celebrity free-runner Cory Demeyers from Los Angeles flew in for the Pro Jam showcase.

Free-running expert Anthony Doyle, 30,from Huyton, said: “It’s really rare to get all these athletes together in a room, everyone’s really excited.Free-running isn’t really competitive so it’s more of an exhibition than a contest.The only time we really compete is with videos on You Tube, every team has their own style. We’re taking a video of the athletes this weekend which we hope will go viral.”

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Airborn Academy, the first ever urban sports centre in the UK, opened its new base in Liverpool Film Studios on Boundary Street last month and offers lessons in activities such as free-running, trampolining, break-dancing and cheerleading.

As well as the experts showing off their talents at this weekend’s event, they also gave teaching to those less experienced in the sport.

Anthony, 30, said: “Lots of people are coming to train with their heroes. We’ve had members of the public flying in from other countries so they can make the most of the chance to get help from them.”

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