Young People in Edinburgh Offered the Chance to

Young people in Edinburgh are being offered the chance to have a go at ‘freerunning’ as part of a series of events taking place across the country.

The activity – made famous in the James Bond movie Casino Royale – marks the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s Know the Score campaign, which raises awareness amongst Scotland’s young people of the dangers of using cocaine.

A freerunning event, in association with Know the Score, will be held tomorrow (Friday, April 16) at the Dance Base in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket from noon until 3pm.

At this event, 30 young Scots aged 16-25 will get the chance to try out freerunning (also known as parkour) free of charge. It is a non-competitive sport that combines physical strength and endurance with critical thinking and is about moving through any environment regardless of obstacles.

They will also get the chance to see a freerunning demonstration by two of Scotland’s premier instructors, Chris Grant and Scott Houston. Both trained with Sebastien Foucan – the French founder of freerunning who appeared in the opening scenes of Casino Royale with Brit actor Daniel Craig.

Having launched in Glasgow last month, freerunning sessions have already also taken place in Kilmarnock, Dumfries, Dundee and Aberdeen while the final event will be held in Inverness next week.

To take advantage of the 30 places available, young people in Edinburgh are being encouraged to register now at to reserve their place.

Further information is also available by visiting the campaign’s Facebook page at

The 2010 Know the Score campaign, which was launched in January, is aimed at informing young people about the dangers of using cocaine and empowering them to make positive choices in their lives. The increasing popularity of freerunning demonstrates one such activity which many young people are enjoying.

Chris Grant of Glasgow Parkour Coaching, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the 2010 Know the Score campaign. You need a healthy body and mind to do freerunning and anything which alters your mind set or physical ability isn’t going to help you when it comes to trying new moves and getting about.”

He added: “We’re seeing more and more young Scots take up freerunning, which is great because it’s a really positive lifestyle choice.”

Many young Scots are misinformed about cocaine, believing it to be glamorous and safe. In fact it is highly addictive and can cause real problems. 

Immediate effects from using it include increased heart rate, palpitations, sweating and chest pain. Users can also become agitated and anxious, which can turn into panic or paranoia as well as increasing their chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

Added to this, cocaine is now thought to be only 10% pure and cut with agents including benzocaine or Levamisole, which can lead to life-threatening conditions. The message behind this year’s Know the Score campaign is that you really don’t know what you’re getting with cocaine and it’s just not worth the risk.

Peter Gabbitas, chairman of Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership, said: “Young people aren’t always aware of the risks involved in cocaine use, but by giving them the information they need in a way they appreciate and trust, means they can make informed, positive choices based on knowledge of the dangers.

“Cocaine is highly addictive and can have a serious impact on your short and long-term wellbeing.”


Notes to the editor:

The Know the Score Edinburgh freerunning event will be taking place at The Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU on Friday, April 16 from noon to 3pm.

You don't need to have any previous knowledge of freerunning – complete beginners are welcome. For more information visit

Contact: Graeme Watson or Josie Saunders at The BIG Partnership
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