Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF)

What does this qualification cover?

The objective of the Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) is to provide a benefit to learners through an introduction into the principles and practice of safe, ethical and effective management of assistant coaching Parkour/Freerunning sessions in an appropriate environment.

Who is this qualification designed for?

This qualification is designed for aspiring Parkour/Freerunning coaches to be supported in the development of their knowledge of how to effectively assist the coaching of Parkour/Freerunning sessions.

Qualification Number 6000492/7
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 7 (21–49)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/0492/7
Entry Age 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/04/2011
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2017
Certification End Date 31/12/2018
Qualification Specification Download

The Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) has been developed in partnership with Parkour UK, the governing body of sport for parkour/freerunning and is the first qualification on the parkour/freerunning coaching ladder. The qualification is designed to provide learners with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching parkour/freerunning. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of parkour/freerunning. Learners who complete this Award will be able to assist other, more qualified coaches in delivering parkour/freerunning coaching sessions to participants of all ages.

This qualification is equivalent to Level 2 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Learners are required to:

  • be accurately identified
  • be at least 16 years of age (prior to attending the course)
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish
  • hold a valid first-aid certificate (minimum of three hours) recognised by Parkour UK in the last three years
  • have attended a child protection/safeguarding workshop recognised by Parkour UK in the last three years

The first aid and/or safeguarding prerequisites, for those who do not already hold the appropriate evidence, will normally be provided as part of the learning programme at an additional cost.

Additional requirements:

If you have any injuries, illnesses, permanent, long-term or temporary disability, a learning difficulty or indisposition, you must inform Parkour UK so you can apply for special consideration from 1st4sport by completing and returning an Access Request Form.

The Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) qualification is divided into the following Tasks;

Task 1 – Introduction to the Role of an Assistant Coach
Task 2 – Effective Communication: Learning and Coaching
Task 3 – Plan for Parkour/Freerunning Coaching Activities
Task 4 – Health, Safety, Accidents and Emergencies
Task 5 – The Spirit of Parkour/Freerunning
Task 6 – Written Assessment Paper
A 45 minute written assessment covering Introduction to Safe and Ethical Coaching, Preparing to Deliver Coaching Activities and Deliver and Review Coaching Activities to assess your knowledge and understanding of coaching and Parkour/Freerunning. 85% (49/58) is required to pass the written assessment.
Task 7 – Assisting the Delivery of Parkour/Freerunning Coaching Activities
Assist the delivery of the planned activity, incorporating appropriate skills and techniques of Parkour/Freerunning at this level that you will have planned in Task 3. The tutor/assessor will observe you delivering the activity and assess you using the criteria listed on the Level 1 Parkour/Freerunning Practical Coaching Assessment Checklist.

Tasks 1 – 7 should have been completed during the course, but in your own learning time.

Post Course:
Task 8 – Supervised Coaching Sessions
Learners are required to assist qualified Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Parkour/ Freerunning (QCF) coaches or recognised equivalent for ten sessions post-course;

  • All 10 sessions must be completed
  • Each session must be a minimum of one hour in length
  • All sessions must be supervised and signed by a Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) qualified coach or recognised equivalent
  • All sessions cannot be supervised and signed off by the same Level 2 coach 

It is recommended that this is completed within 3 months of the course; however you do have a maximum one-year registration period in which to complete this. These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to experience real life coaching and gain an understanding of what it is like to be an assistant to a Level 2 coach, therefore fundamental to your learning.

Once you have completed your supervised coaching session, you will need to send a copy (either photocopy or photograph/scan) of the completed supervised coaching record to:
Post: Parkour UK 4th Floor, Burwood House, 14 – 16 Caxton Street London SW1H 0QT
Please keep the original supervised coaching record in this learner pack. You will not receive certification for the qualification until you have sent the signed record back. It is your responsibility to arrange and complete these sessions within the one-year registration period.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Accreditation Number GLH Credit
101 Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport D/601/3531 6 1
102 Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Activities in Sport H/601/3532 10 1
103 Understanding the Principles of Conducting Coaching Activities in Sport K/601/3533 10 1
104 Understanding the Principles of Evaluating Coaching Activities in Sport M/601/3534 7 1
105 Planning Parkour/Freerunning Coaching Activities T/602/5698 6 1
106 Conducting Parkour/Freerunning
Coaching Activities
A/602/5699 7 1
107 Evaluating Parkour/Freerunning
Coaching Activities
H/602/5700 3 1

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) Learner Pack
  • Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) Learner Resource
  • Internal assessment tools
  • Information handouts
  • Sports Coach UK Code of Conduct for Sports Coaches.

For our tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification, including a recommended learning programme
  • Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance Pack
  • Internal assessment tools.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a Parkour UK 1st4sport Learner Pack and Learning Resource.

Type Pre-Requisite fee Course Fee Discount requirements
Standard £45pp per pre-requisite £360.00pp  n/a
Registered Individual £45pp per pre-requisite £340.00pp When booked by an individual with a valid Parkour UK registration. Please contact us with your registration number for a discount code.
Associate Member Organisation £45pp per pre-requisite £340.00pp When booked by an organisation with a valid Associate membership with Parkour UK. Please contact us with your membership number for a discount code.
Affiliate Member Organisation £45pp per pre-requisite £320.00pp When booked by an organisation with a valid Affiliate/Affiliate+ membership with Parkour UK. Please contact us with your membership number for a discount code.

The Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK guide provides details about funding available to support coaches. Produced by sports coach UK in partnership with the England Coaching Network, Governing Bodies of Sport and the Home Country Sports Councils the interactive PDF allows the user to quickly identify the right funding for them. Download the Funding Opportunities for Coaching in the UK guide by clicking here.

Funding support for coaches continues via Twitter where the @scUKCoachFund account will provide up to the minute funding information for coaches.

Learners are able to book on the courses by clicking the links below.

Please note that the dates, locations and courses may change throughout the year. Additional courses may be added throughout 2017 to meet sufficient need and demand.

This qualification sits on the QCF. Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.