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North East-based Muckle helps parkour gain recognition as a sport

23 February 2017

Solicitors are used to jumping through legal hoops while being given the runaround by the other side, the government, and even the courts, but one North East-based law firm has helped its client turn obstacle evasion into a recognised sport.

Acting pro bono, sports lawyers John Devine and Anthony Coultas at Newcastle-based Muckle played a key role in helping shape the governance of a new governing body, Parkour UK, in advance of its application to have parkour/freerunning recognised as a sport.

Originating in France as l’art du déplacement in the 1980s, the sport is principally the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move ‘freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body’, particularly through running, jumping, climbing, and quadrupedal movement.

The sport became famous thanks in part to a...

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