FSB 2023 to include a live event area devoted to parkour
FSB, the International Trade Fair for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities, will once again present pioneering trends and innovative facilities from 24 to 27 October 2023. This year’s exhibition will include parkour. For the first time, the increasingly popular emerging sport will have a dedicated live event area at the trade fair. Visitors will not only be able to familiarise themselves with the latest parkour products – they will also be able to see them in use in live performances and try them out first-hand in workshops.
Parkour: an up-and-coming sport
Parkour’s popularity has increased enormously in recent years. It outgrew the niche-sport category some time ago. More and more people are enthusiastic practitioners of this innovative sport, which was originally established in France. Their goal is to get from one point to another, overcoming any obstacles they encounter in the urban or rural environment using only their own physical abilities. The discipline’s basic elements are running, balancing, rolling, jumping, vaulting, landing and, of course, climbing.
Parkour is also attracting growing interest from schools and youth centres because it does not only improve physical fitness and coordination skills. Tackling a parkour course requires creativity, the ability to assess one’s own capabilities, and a willingness to take risks. Parkour can also be integrated exceptionally well into urban public spaces and areas for exercise. Cities and local authorities should therefore start considering how they can include this innovative discipline in their plans for existing outdoor facilities.
Solutions that get people moving
FSB 2023 will present a parkour live event area in October. It will be designed and built by TraceSpace, a design studio specialising in parkour parks and other movement areas. TraceSpace plans and designs parkour courses for both outdoor and indoor facilities. In addition to designing exercise parks, the Berlin-based studio also focuses on developing temporary, mobile and modular items of sports equipment. With their decades of experience in parkour training and coaching, the founders of TraceSpace have a unique perspective on the discipline and the design of movement areas.
The Parkour live event area will also feature product presentations by other exhibitors with offerings for the emerging sport. They will include the modular indoor training system Springbokx, which was developed as part of a partnership between Eurotramp and Turnbar. Another product that will be on display in the special event area is parkourDEX, a temporary indoor and outdoor product developed by industrial designer and FLEXDEX founder Susanne Mossal-Wagner.
Live performances and workshops: Experience parkour first-hand
ParkourONE, the oldest and biggest parkour school in the German-speaking region, will also be represented at the live event area. Daily performances will open up the parkour experience for visitors, giving them an up-close and personal taste of the discipline. But that’s not all: In a variety of workshops, interested visitors will be able to put their own abilities to the test and improve their strength, skills, balance, coordination and spatial perception.
Further information on the live performances and workshops will follow shortly.