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IN a spin and head over heels, youngsters took to the air for a modern twist on urban life.

Children across Sunderland are taking part in energetic activities, including free running and BMX-ing in the Urban Games, part of the Sunderland in 2012 Adventure Week, which is travelling around the city over the Easter holidays.

Craig Cheel  from the Apeuro Free Running group giving a demonstration at the Urban Games event at Fulwell Skate park.

Craig Cheel from the Apeuro Free Running group giving a demonstration at the Urban Games event at Fulwell Skate park.

Yesterday marked the start of 13 days of fun, beginning at Fulwell Skate Park.

The games are now on the move and will visit Silksworth Skate Park tomorrow, Herrington Country Park on Saturday, and Washington Skate Park next Wednesday.

They finish at Hendon Young People’s Project on Saturday, April 14.

Those aged 10 to 19 can take part in workshops and competitions between 1pm and 4pm, including BMX-ing, urban dancing, free running and DJing.

Bmx riders at the Urban Games event held at the Fulwell Skate park.

Bmx riders at the Urban Games event held at the Fulwell Skate park.

A soundtrack will include live music from Corine Andrews, Memoria, Any Age and The Blitz, and medals and prizes are up for grabs.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “The Urban Games include a fantastic mix of activities and entertainment for young people to enjoy over the Easter break and importantly, we have kept the events free to attend.

“I’m sure that young people will thrive on taking part in some really contemporary activities like BMXing and free running.”

The council aims to have at least 50,000 people taking part in some element of Sunderland in 2012 and is also aiming to attract 2,012 new volunteers by the end of the programme.

Chris Card,15 on his scooter at the Urban Games event at Fulwell Skate park.

Chris Card,15 on his scooter at the Urban Games event at Fulwell Skate park.

The scheme a series of sporting and cultural events to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Events and activities are being added to the programme all the time.

For more information and for details on how to register to take part, visit www.sunderlandin2012.co.uk.

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Picture Corrina Atkinson.

Picture Corrina Atkinson.

Josh McClelland, 14 on his BMX at the Urban Games event  on Fulwell Skate park.

Josh McClelland, 14 on his BMX at the Urban Games event on Fulwell Skate park.