Parkour UK

Time to Talk Day 2021 – End Mental Health Stigma

We invite our community and members to participate in Time to Talk Day on February 4th this year.

The day is ran by Time to Change in England & Wales; Change Your Mind in Northern Ireland and See Me in Scotland.

“Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

We need your help to start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – together we can end mental health stigma.”

This year with Time to Talk Day happening mostly online and with no face to face events events, the focus is around sending a message to another person and on creating a buzz around the day online.

You can order or print free postcards here by 20th January:

On the day we would encourage you to film or photograph creative ways to get a postcard delivered to someone with a message about mental health using Parkour and movement Skills.

You could film yourself on the way to hand a postcard to a friend, find a fun way to put it in a postbox or come up with your own ideas. Then post your media with the tags #TimeToTalk and #EndMentalHealthStigma and tag the following organisation for your country:

  • England: @timetochange
  • Wales: @TTC Wales
  • Scotland: @SeeMeScotland
  • Northern Ireland: @CYMAntiStigma

As always – please follow COVID rules in place in your area when creating your media.

Please contact us if you have any questions and we look forward to having you involved.

Thanks

The Parkour UK Team

Qualification Statement – Parkour UK

Since 2017 Parkour UK’s qualifications have been separate and distinct from the ADAPT Qualifications Ltd. certifications and do not form part of the same system or pathway of qualification.

The delivery, awarding and administering of these qualifications is completely distinct and not related.

Holding a certificate in ADAPT Level 1, 2 or 3 does not also transfer to the Parkour UK qualifications listed below. This means that currently an ADAPT qualified coach cannot sign off hours for a Parkour UK qualified coach and vice versa.  This has been a subject of some confusion for our workforce over the last 4 – 5 years and we are aware the distinction has not been communicated clearly.

We recognise that there are a small cohort of Level 2 coaches who participated in courses around 2015 – 18 who were unaware of the changes emerging and may have been left with no clear distinction of who recognises their qualification. This could prevent access to Parkour UK insurance or prohibit them from signing off Level 1 coaches.

To rectify this and allow Parkour UK and our workforce to progress we are offering a reduced rate reassessment for any Level 2 coaches who have both:

  • A Level 2 certificate which does not feature the Parkour UK Logo AND
  • Completed their Level 2 qualification between 2015 and 2018 in the UK.

Reassessment dates will be set as soon as possible and you can contact Chris Grant – Development Manager at Parkour UK for further details. On completion of reassessment you will be issued with a Parkour UK Level 2 Qualification.

Parkour UK recognises that the early relationship with ADAPT has been fundamental in the growth of the Parkour workforce and are pleased to see that ADAPT Qualifications Ltd. continues to thrive around the world.  Our role is distinctly to develop the UK workforce and we believe our qualifications and infrastructure should be led directly by our staff & tutors in-house. The direction of our qualifications offering can be influenced by our members through the Workforce sub committee which is made up of representatives from our membership, tutors, board and external qualifications experts.

Parkour UK’s Current Qualifications:

Parkour UK – as the national governing body for Parkour in the UK – offer the following qualifications listed below.

They are valid for coaching Parkour in the UK and also recognised as the only valid qualifications that must be held under Parkour UK’s insurance. This insurance is accessed through professional or affiliate + membership.

Assistant Coach:

1st4 Sport Level 1 Assistant Coaching in Parkour and Freerunning (RQF)

Coach:

1st 4 Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Parkour and Freerunning (RQF)

Teachers:

Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour and Freerunning (QTS)

These qualifications are Awarded by 1st 4 Sport, regulated by Ofqual and mapped to CIMPSA professional standards.

The qualifications are subject to assessment and internal/external verification in line with our awarding body.

Please direct any queries in relation to this statement to the following contacts.

Contact:

Dan Newton – CEO Parkour UK – [email protected]

Chris Grant – Development Manager – [email protected]

This Statement was agreed by Parkour UK’s Workforce Sub Committee on 11/01/2021.

All mentioned parties were sent the statement prior to its publication.

COVID GUIDANCE UPDATED

With the announcement of new restrictions this week, our COVID guidance has been updated and can be viewed here.  We understand these restrictions will be putting strain on our members in a number of ways – personal and professional. Please check our guidance for advice and do not hesitate to contact us with questions. We hope that our members, their students and the community stays safe over the coming weeks.

One Minute Brief: Advertise Parkour

They say when popular culture starts to joke about you, you know have hit the mainstream. For Parkour –  to the amusement and annoyance of parkour athletes everywhere – this has come to be known as THAT clip from the American office. I will say no more……..

Parkour has entered the zeitgeist in lots of ways with and without the help of the community itself – some funny, some silly, some annoying and some creative. This week, the popular Twitter account @OneMinuteBriefs jumped over the proverbial Parkour wall. The account has a simple premise. Each day they post a short design brief for marketers, designers and creators who then respond with their designs in the comments. We were really excited to see this brief appear last week:

One minute briefs also chose their favourites and hosted them on facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=OneMinuteBriefs&set=a.1672226656272743

It was really interesting to see what came out and exciting to think that Parkour is now in the popular culture ‘canon’ enough for designers to come up with ideas quickly.

Some were fun, some were slick, some reinforced stereotypes – but all shine a light on our sport in their own way. Our community can be a little guilty (ourselves included) of being precious about messaging. Sometimes it’s important to allow people to have fun and be creative with our perceptions of Parkour and we welcome this!

 We’ve featured some of our favourites below – full credit to all the entries and you can explore their twitter accounts by clicking through to the original tweets.

Enjoy!

Chris

‘P’ is for Parkour and Progressive… by Hannah Holland

Hi, I’m Hannah, I am hugely passionate about the sport sector, having had the privilege to have worked in the sector, and also been active and involved in sport all of my life.  It was an honour to have been asked to reflect on Parkour UK’s November Board meeting.  My role at Parkour UK is still relatively new, having joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in April this year.  What an exciting, but unsettled time it has been for Parkour, and the sport & fitness sector in general.

What has struck me time and time again since joining the Board is the momentum at which Parkour UK is moving forward. Dan Newton, a visionary CEO, has only officially been in his role since July; Dan was joined in September by Chris Grant, Development Manager, and Omar Jackson, Development Co-ordinator – and the breadth and depth of work coming from a small executive team is outstanding. I have no doubt in my mind that Parkour UK can achieve what it sets out to, plus reach Tier 3 of the Code for Sports Governance and become a High Performing Board. As a national governing body (NGB) still in its infancy (and within its first year of public funding), the team are already doing everything possible to over deliver.

With the last board meeting coinciding with the AGM, and with new staff just one week in, it’s incredible to see so much has already happened in such a short space of time.  This meeting was scheduled for three hours and it was packed to the brim with exciting developments. I am going to share information below on four key areas which definitely pack a punch!

Covid Response

There is strong support from the board to be proactive and not allow the Parkour community to suffer exponentially at the hands of Covid. As we navigate through these unprecedented times, the board have discussed the current impact of Covid19 and the potential impact on the structured community if an extended period of lockdown happens. The community’s voices are being heard louder than ever before and we are listening and taking action.  There are various ways that the community is being impacted, as a board we considered the projected monthly running costs for Parkour companies, the number of coaches who will have been impacted and the exact levels of participation. All of which are having an effect on their bottom line.

There is an appetite to prepare a ‘build back better’ model, through which support could be offered to Parkour companies and practitioners. Exactly how this looks is yet to be determined, but there was an unanimous vote at this meeting in favour of taking action, so the wheels are now firmly in motion. 

Development Associate Programme

Parkour UK has devised a leadership programme to bolster the executive capacity of the NGB in 2020/21.  The executive team have recruited eight sports development professionals to form the first cohort.  Importantly, this will secure an additional 40 days capacity between November 2020 and January 2021 to support the team to ‘run the governing body’ and ‘grow the sport’. The primary driver for the participants is that the experience they will gain will be aligned to an area of the CIMPSA sector standards that they have selected.

They will be working on one of four projects, which include a Toolkit for Emerging Parkour Businesses, Education Partnerships (School), Education Partnerships (University/Higher Education), and a Funding Directory.

I am looking forward to seeing the direct impact from these projects in the Parkour community, both at a local and national level.

Diversity & Inclusion Brains Trust

“Parkour is for everyone”… this is how Independent Board member Natasha Preville started her recent blog on this very important subject, which we as a governing body embed into everything we do.  Not content with thinking we know our community and where they stand on this subject, we held a consultation event on the 11th November with 20+ members of the Parkour community and guest speakers from Women in Sport, Stonewall, Sporting Equals ad UKEMI to openly discuss equality and diversity and how we as a sport and a NGB are faring.

We have since orchestrated the Brains Trust, which will take place on the 14th December. We have invited organisations working in the sports sector to this session which will shape our ambitions and plans for the future.

We are also championing Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign which gets behind LGBT inclusion in sport. We have sent out rainbow laces to the Parkour community to get behind the campaign and we plan to amplify the social media posts shared by our community on Rainbow Laces Day, 9th December.

Governance Ambitions

In the last couple of months, a 24-point action plan has been prepared to satisfy the requirements of Tier 2a of the Code for Sports Governance and lay the foundation for Tier 3. Board appraisals have been scheduled for this month, along with a CPD session for all Board members in January. A small number of Board members, including myself, will oversee the progress being made and keep us on track.

Dan Newton is most definitely a mover and a shaker.  Watch out for how the structure of Parkour UK shifts over the next few months…our ambition for the NGB is that of a modern, progressive governing body that is customer facing and works collaboratively to co-produce with and through the community. To this end, we are exploring a potential scheme of delegation so not only can we ‘build the governing body’, but we can ‘grow the sport’ too.

In conclusion, how have I found my first eight months in post? 

Well, exactly what I hoped for… I am constantly inspired.  I actually get quite choked up with the passion of everyone involved, and I am really excited for Parkour and Parkour UK’s future. In 2021 I will take the opportunity to get out and #GiveParkourAGo as well as meeting practitioners and members of the community.

Parkour Earth Issues Letter to IOC 

Parkour UK stand by Parkour Earth and the letter they issued to the IOC on 1 December 2020. The letter calls for their executive board to reject any FIG submission to include Parkour in the Olympic programme on the 7 December 2020. Parkour is a recognised sport in its own right and as such cannot be considered a discipline or subsidiary to gymnastics or any other sport. Parkour has its own community, ethos, infrastructure and governance and our community are not behind this movement towards the Olympics that is being driven by FIG. 

You can find out more on Parkour Earth’s Progress here – parkour.earth and if you are interested in the previous work in relation to FIG’s encroachment of Parkour you can find out more here – EDITORIAL – The FIG Saga: The Story So Far | Parkour Earth