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What To Expect At Your First Parkour Jam

Parkour jams are events organised by the parkour community. The structure of these events is usually very loose and relaxed.

A jam session is where community members come together to train at a specific location, town, or city. These are also typically arranged on social media. Within the last five years, jam announcements have risen on platforms like Instagram, which has slowly been taking over from forums and Facebook groups that came before it.

For someone new to the sport, attending a jam session can be very daunting, especially if you’re travelling on your own. In this piece, we will give you some information about attending a parkour jam, some of the unwritten dos and don’ts, and some of the key bits of information you need.

A Parkour Jam in the rain… No Excuses!

Starting and Finishing

When a jam is announced and advertised, there will most likely always be a meeting time (Usually around midday). Although this is the time the jam “starts”, the structure and timings are very loose. You can reach the spot early if you wish and start training then. Usually, if a jam starts at 12:00 PM, there will be some people who get there at 11:00 AM to get an early warm-up in.

It is also very rare that a jam will have an end time (This is different if the jam is held at an indoor facility, like Fluidity Freerun in Wales, or Team Reality in Grimsby.) Because of the loose structure of these jams being arranged by people who practice the sport, practitioners will tend to train until they feel like it.

Here, it is important to not wait for a structure. Jams are just like any other training session you may have, just with a few more people and set in a specific location. If you’re ever unsure, ask someone! The community is really welcoming, and there will be loads of people who are willing to help newcomers.

Don’t Be Afraid To Approach People

Parkour jams are incredibly sociable events. Don’t be too shy and approach people. Ask people questions like how long they’ve been training and where they are from. These are typical questions that usually pop up when parkour practitioners first meet each other, but they can help spark conversations between people.

It can be scary approaching random people for the first time, but everyone is really understanding and helpful.

It is worth keeping in mind, however, that if someone looks like they are just about to go for a jump or challenge, or they are in the middle of filming a clip for someone, then it may be best to wait a moment before speaking to them.

Also,

Let People Know You Are New

There are loads of individuals within the parkour community who are willing to help people who are new to the sport. It’s also very likely that some of the jam’s attendees are also parkour coaches. Although they will be off the clock, they will happily share some of their coaching knowledge with you and would be able to help you learn while training.

The York Takeover 2022 Event

The Community’s Advice

Jams, typically (but not always), are usually held in cities, which requires a little bit of traveling.

We put out a story on Instagram asking for the community’s tips and advice for parkour jams, and there seemed to be a hive-mind-styled agreement on the following;

Introduce Yourself – One member of the community put it very well. “Introduce yourself to the people you’ve never met. They could be just as nervous as you.”

Stay Aware – Parkour jams can become very busy and crowded places. It’s important to stay aware during a parkour jam and try not to stand in the way of someone’s jump or challenge. It can also be a very easy mistake to make when walking from one side of the spot to another to walk without looking. Much like crossing the road, we encourage everyone to exercise their awareness at these events, and it’s something the community is very passionate about.

Be Respectful of People The Public – Unless it’s a jam session arranged at an indoor facility, like a parkour gym, the majority of jams are hosted at outdoor spots in public places. It is important to remember in these public places, that the public comes first. If your jump or challenge goes across a path or a walkway, make sure you check to see if any members of the public are approaching before you jump, and always give them the priority to pass first.

When you’re training at these spots, you are representing parkour and the parkour community, and your actions and behaviour could positively influence someone’s view of the sport.

Public spaces are for everyone to use, and with parkour, we challenge the conventional use of public spaces, but it is important to respect the community outside of parkour too.

Be Respectful of the Environment – As mentioned above, a lot of parkour training takes place in public spaces. Be respectful of the area you are training in, we’ve listed some tips below;

  • Don’t use walls that are fragile or breaking.
  • Clean up your litter (Leave no trace)
  • Clean up others’ litter (This can really help your relationship with the spot)
  • If you’re playing music, keep it at a respectable volume.
  • Be respectful regarding where you put your bags – Don’t leave them obscuring walkways or paths.

Be respectful of other Practitioners – Everyone is at a different stage of their parkour journey and when it comes to parkour, there is a reason we focus so much on the term “community“.

When at these sessions, be respectful of everyone’s ability, age, identity, background, race, gender, or story. Parkour is for everyone, and jams are a great safe space for groups and individuals to feel safe within their community.

Regardless if you’ve been training for 1 week or 10 years, everyone does parkour to progress their own movement. Let’s be supportive of one another!

Bring Portable Chargers – These aren’t always essential, but if you’re using Google Maps to try and navigate the busy streets of London or Liverpool, you’re going to need some juice to keep your phone going, especially if you want to capture any of the action later in the day. Again, these aren’t essential, but they’re a nice touch to bring and alleviate worries throughout the day. (Don’t forget your cable!)

Portable chargers can be handy if you’re attending events like the Sheffield or York Takeover (Read Here), having a portable charger is essential in order to capture the number of challenges you do.

Water – Where portable chargers are more of a choice, there is no denying the essentials of water. Some spots at jams are a fair bit of distance from the nearest shop, so bringing a bottle (or two!) of water will keep you hydrated throughout the day. Parkour is exercise, and you need to keep yourself hydrated when exercising.

Location Pins for Maps – As mentioned above, most jams are organised casually, usually being announced in the form of an Instagram post. An address and a location would be given for this, but sometimes the location isn’t always clear. We always encourage people to ask about locations, trying to get information like street names, postcodes, etc. If you can, put it into Maps and “pin” the location – this will save you from having to search for it each time you open the map.

Do you have any more tips for people attending their first parkour jam or event? Let us know by reaching out to us on Instagram, @ParkourUK

Parkour UK Monthly Update – December 2022

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Parkour UK Monthly Update December 2022.

This month’s monthly update will look a little different. It will be full of all the updates that happened during December, but will also highlight all the work the Parkour UK team has done throughout 2022!

First of all, the updates!

Level 1 & 2 Course Dates

In the closing weeks of the year, we announced an entire year’s worth of dates for 2023 for both the Level 1 and Level 2 courses, for the first time.

Our Level One Parkour Coaching Qualification Dates Have Been Announced.

For those looking for more information on the Level 2 coaching qualification, follow this link here for the full information, or take a look at this graphic below, designed by our digital team.

Our Level 2 Coaching Qualification Course Information for 2023

The Level One course bookings are now live on our website. Our Level 2 coaching course bookings will be live on the site very soon.

We will be announcing the Level 2 booking on our website and social media, so keep an eye on those for any updates.

MHFA Peterborough

At the start of December, we ran our second MHFA course, this time at Aspire Parkour Academy in Peterborough.

The Aspire Parkour Team was also joined by Parkour UK Tutor Dan Timms and Parkour UK Tutor and Elected Director for England, Chris Keighley.

Parkour UK MHFA Course, December 2022.
Our MHFA Course in Peterborough

UK Coaching Awards – Leeds

At the start of December, the Parkour UK team travelled to Leeds for the UK Coaching Awards.

Parkour UK nominated a number of parkour coaches for the 25th Annual UK Coaching Awards, with three of our nominations being selected as finalists.

In its 25-year history, this was the first time Parkour coaches were nominated and become shortlisted as finalists;

Sam Coppack – “The Parkour Coach Companion,” was nominated for the “Podcast of the Year” Award – Parkour Coach Companion continues to keep people connected with regular interviews and engaging episodes, bringing together international voices of parkour and curating coaching knowledge from the community.

Adam Romaine – Change a Life Award – Adam has had a profound impact on a young person named Matthew, who has Down syndrome and other complex needs. He has helped Matthew overcome significant barriers to taking part in parkour, having previously tried many other sports.

Callum Windsor – Young Coach of the Year Award – In multiple ways, Callum goes above and beyond with his sessions. His session planning extends to 3D modelling of floor plans with a detailed analysis of the optimum use of equipment. He then cascades this knowledge down to the assistant coaches and volunteers, ensuring participants enter an environment that feels structured, safe, and directed.

Although none were chosen as winners, their selection as finalists demonstrates the impact they are having and the importance of sports like parkour.

We loved the celebration of coaches and coaching, from the grassroots and the elite all the way to the volunteer/paid and new/lifelong coaches.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, all of whom demonstrate the impact of sport on people’s lives.

The evening was also an opportunity to enhance the relationships that we are building with other system partners to support the Sport England strategy #UnitingTheMovement.

We were joined by other members at Parkour UK, our chair Dr Tracy Rea, and Elected Director Chris Keighley. They entertained some leaders from the sector, with whom we are building strategic partnerships.

We were also joined by;

Hayley Lever from GreaterSport, which are an active partnership for Greater Manchester. They lead, support, and connect the Greater Manchester system to create conditions to enable Active Lives for All by uniting communities and creating more equal and inclusive places so people can lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives.

James Hope-Gill from Skateboard GB, the official governing body for skateboarding in the UK, a membership-based and not-for-profit organisation set up to improve, support, and develop skateboarding. They aim to encourage the development of world-class facilities, help community groups get local skate parks built, create accredited coaching courses, and run competitions. 

Clare Freer from UK Coaching, supports the development of coaches and coaching, with the main focus on equality and inclusive practice. They do this directly with coaches through workshops, e-learning, virtual classrooms, and communities of learning.

We were also joined by Greg Clements from Sport England, who met and heard the stories of the parkour finalists and listened to the progress that we are making through our system and the governing roles that are supporting the national strategy.

The Parkour UK Team at the UK Coaching Awards, December 2022.
The Parkour UK Team In Leeds at the UK Coaching Awards

Our All Hands Team Meeting

On the Wednesday and Thursday following the UK Coaching Awards, the team spent some time together at the UK Coaching offices in the center of Leeds.

It was the second time that Callun LavingtonLynn JungKieran WyldeSimon VardyChris Grant, and Dan Newton have come together as a team, and highlighted all of the key work they have done since our last all-hands meeting in September. It was also really valuable to enhance relationships and understand each other’s work.

Mark Gannon, UK Coaching’s CEO, spent some time with us, speaking passionately about their work and the progress they have made in the last few years.

This year, we have been working with Lizzie Campbell, who has helped us with the review of our Level 2 coaching course, and we look forward to extending our work with UK Coaching in 2023.

Parkour UK Team at the UK Coaching Awards, December 2022
The Parkour UK Team at the UK Coaching Office in Leeds

Our AGM

We hosted our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 29th. During December, the recording and minutes from the 2022 Annual General Meeting were made available. You can watch that below.

Parkour UK – AGM 2022 Recording

Our 2022 Highlights

With the updates from the month of December listed above, we wanted to take the time to reflect on everything that Parkour UK achieved in 2022.

Throughout 2022, Parkour UK has been a strong force within the UK Parkour community, and we are grateful for the support and enthusiasm we have seen from the parkour community.

We have had a number of highlights this year, and we have mapped those out below.

We received £1.5 million from Sport England. This funding is to help support and grow parkour participation and use the sport to tackle inequalities in England over the next 5 years. Following this, our Head of Development, Chris Grant went onto the Motus Podcast, one of the leading podcasts in our sport, to discuss how Parkour UK will spend the funding from Sport England.

Chris Grant, Parkour UK’s Head of Development, on The Motus Podcast.

We expanded our team. Kieran Wylde handed over his previous role as Workforce Lead to Simon Vardy. Kieran now works as our Membership Lead for Parkour UK. We also welcomed Callun Lavington and Lynn Jung in digital support roles and held a second wave of recruitment, which will be announced soon.

During 2022, Parkour UK team members also attended numerous Parkour events, including Project Underground, Storror Big Wall Open, and the Sheffield Takeover Event.

We highlighted members of our organisation and community on Instagram with our “Weekly Clips” series.

Also on Instagram, we started our “Week in Review,” series, delivered by Chris Grant. This series gives the community the chance to engage and ask questions regarding the work that Parkour UK is doing, and is a really useful tool to keep the community engaged with the work the organisation is doing.

This year, we enhanced the learning options that are available to the parkour community. We held two Mental Health First Aid courses to provide the parkour community with the tools they need in the event of a mental health crisis.

We spent a lot of time redeveloping our Level 2 coaching qualification, and for the first time, announced full-year Level 1 and Level 2 course schedules for 2023.

And, as mentioned above, we nominated Parkour coaches for the UK Coaching Awards for the first time in its 25-year history, and 3 coaches were shortlisted as finalists

And there was so much more, those highlights only scratch the surface of what Parkour UK achieved last year.
2022 was a brilliant opportunity to serve, elevate, and add value to the broad spectrum of the Parkour community, and we cannot wait to continue this momentum of growth in 2023.

Level 2 Parkour Coaching Courses – 2023

Parkour UK is happy to close 2022 with some updates regarding our Level 2 Parkour Coaching Qualification. We have broken down the course information below.

The Level 2 Journey

The new Level 2 journey has now been broken down into three phases.

  • Online course – 3 x 4-hour sessions on Zoom

You will participate in 3 online sessions on Zoom. These will be a mix of online discussions, small group activities, and workbook activities.  

  • Face-to-face course –  3 & ½ consecutive days outdoors  

You will participate in 3 & ½ days face-to-face in an outdoor location. These days will be a mix of practical & coaching sessions and workbook activities.  

  • Final Assessment – 1 day outdoors 

You will take part in your final assessment up to 1 year after the course. This is a formal assessment day where you demonstrate a mix of technical and coaching criteria including delivering a coaching session 

SAVE THE DATES

In 2023, we have a Spring and Summer intake.

SPRING INTAKE

Online Course: 13th-15th March 0930-1300PM 

Followed by our face-to-face courses (Learners will choose one) 

London
14th – 17th April
Day 1 – 13:00 PM – 17:30 PM
Day 2/3/4 – 09:00 AM – 17:30 PM 

OR 

Cardiff
2nd – 5th May
Day 1 – 13:00 PM – 17:30 PM
Day 2/3/4 – 09:00 AM – 17:30 PM

SUMMER INTAKE

Online Course
5th – 7th June 09:30 AM – 13:00 PM 

Followed by our face-to-face courses (Learners will choose one) 

London
5th – 7th July
Day 1 – 13:00 PM – 17:30 PM
Day 2/3/4 – 09:00 AM – 17:30 PM

OR 

Glasgow
7th -10th August
Day 1 13:00 PM – 17:30 PM
Day 2/3/4 – 09:00 AM – 17:30 PM 

Assessment Dates 

You will choose a final assessment day after the face-to-face course.

On our Assessment Days, you will take part in your final assessment up to 1 year after the course. This is a formal assessment day where you demonstrate a mix of technical and coaching criteria including delivering a coaching session.

  • Cardiff – 1st September 
  • London – 6th October 
  • London – 7th October 
  • Cardiff – 27th November 

Further assessment dates will be released in 2024 in Glasgow, Sheffield, and London 

Booking And More

Full Details of the course, criteria and materials, and booking links will be available on 1st February 2023.

On Tuesday, December 6th, we attended the UK Coaching Awards event for the first time.

In its 25-year history, this was the first time Parkour coaches were nominated, and we had three very talented and inspiring coaches become shortlisted as finalists;

Sam Coppack – “The Parkour Coach Companion,” was nominated for the “Podcast of the Year” Award – Parkour Coach Companion continues to keep people connected with regular interviews and engaging episodes, bringing together international voices of parkour and curating coaching knowledge from the community.

Adam Romaine – Change a Life Award – Adam has had a profound impact on a young person named Matthew, who has Down syndrome and other complex needs. He has helped Matthew overcome significant barriers to taking part in parkour, having previously tried many other sports.

Callum Windsor – Young Coach of the Year Award – In multiple ways, Callum goes above and beyond with his sessions. His session planning extends to 3D modelling of floor plans with a detailed analysis of the optimum use of equipment. He then cascades this knowledge down to the assistant coaches and volunteers, ensuring participants enter an environment that feels structured, safe, and directed.

Although none were chosen as winners, their selection as finalists demonstrates the impact they are having and the importance of sports like parkour.

We loved the celebration of coaches and coaching, from the grassroots and the elite all the way to the volunteer/paid and new/lifelong coaches.

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Parkour UK, Our Finalists & Friends at the UK Coaching Awards

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists, all of whom demonstrate the impact of sport on people’s lives.

The evening was also an opportunity to enhance the relationships that we are building with other system partners to support the Sport England strategy #UnitingTheMovement.

We were joined by other members at Parkour UK, our chair Dr Tracy Rea, and Elected Director Chris Keighley. They entertained some leaders from the sector, with whom we are building strategic partnerships.

We were also joined by;

Hayley Lever from GreaterSport, which are an active partnership for Greater Manchester. They lead, support, and connect the Greater Manchester system to create conditions to enable Active Lives for All by uniting communities and creating more equal and inclusive places so people can lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives.

James Hope-Gill from Skateboard GB, the official governing body for skateboarding in the UK, a membership-based and not-for-profit organisation set up to improve, support, and develop skateboarding. They aim to encourage the development of world-class facilities, help community groups get local skate parks built, create accredited coaching courses, and run competitions. 

Clare Freer from UK Coaching, supports the development of coaches and coaching, with the main focus on equality and inclusive practice. They do this directly with coaches through workshops, e-learning, virtual classrooms, and communities of learning.

We were also joined by Greg Clements from Sport England, who met and heard the stories of the parkour finalists and listened to the progress that we are making through our system and the governing roles that are supporting the national strategy.

Our All Hands Meeting

On Wednesday and Thursday, the team spent some time together at the UK Coaching offices in the center of Leeds.

It was the second time that Callun LavingtonLynn JungKieran WyldeSimon VardyChris Grant, and Dan Newton have come together as a team, and highlighted all of the key work they have done since our last all-hands meeting in September. It was also really valuable to enhance relationships and understand each other’s work.

Mark Gannon, UK Coaching’s CEO, spent some time with us, speaking passionately about their work and the progress they have made in the last few years.

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This year, we have been working with Lizzie Campbell, who has helped us with the review of our Level 2 coaching course, and we look forward to extending our work with UK Coaching in 2023.

A brilliant week for us all at Parkour UK, and we are looking forward to what 2023 has to bring for us and the sport of Parkour.

https://parkour.uk/uk-coaching-awards/

Parkour UK Monthly Update – November 2022

As the year draws to a close, we’re here to deliver the final update article of the year. 2022 has been a huge year for Parkour UK, with many exciting pivotal points in the organisation’s history. Here’s Parkour UK’s Monthly Update for November 2022.

December’s update should be out in the first week of January 2023.

UK Coaching Awards

Next week, the UK Coaching Awards take place in Leeds.

Last month, we announced that 3 coaches from the parkour community had been shortlisted as finalists for the awards.

This is the first time in the awards’ 25-year history that parkour coaches have become finalists and is a huge achievement for both the coaches involved and the sport as a whole.

Once again, Parkour UK want to congratulate our 3 finalists for their achievements, and we look forward to seeing you in Leeds on 6th December!

Finalists:

Callum Windsor – Young Coach of the Year
Sam Coppack – Coaching Podcast of the Year
Adam Romaine – Change A Life Award

Parkour UK Jobs – UPDATE

Following the success of expanding the workforce earlier this year, throughout October/November, we hosted our second wave of recruitment.

We were hiring for two new part-time roles.

  • Finance Support
  • Workforce Support

Also, we have been looking for subcommittee members in the areas of.

  • Finance, Audit & Probity
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Applications have now closed for these roles and recruitment has concluded. Expect an update from us regarding these soon.

Mental Health First Aid – Peterborough

Parkour UK is running its second Mental Health First Aid England course, delivered by Parkour UK’s Head of Development, Chris Grant at the start of December. The course will take place over two days, ( The 1st and 2nd of December) in Peterborough.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

The MHFA course costs £85, a heavily discounted rate, and is perfect for individuals, coaches, or members of organisations who are looking to learn something that may benefit their everyday life or workplace.

We will be looking at running more Mental Health First Aid courses in 2023. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or your coaching organisation are interested.

Our First MHFA Course – Brighton July 2022

2023 Course Dates – UPDATE

So far, no 2023 dates have been officially announced for any upcoming Level 1 or Level 2 Parkour UK courses. As stated in our last monthly update, we have mapped the dates for Level 2 courses through 2023.

The Good News!
Course dates will be announced by the end of the year, with information regarding the new Level 2 format coming early next year. The Level 2 course is expected to start in March.

We will send out an email once these dates are confirmed and announced.

Our Latest Level 1 Course – Peterborough

All Hands Meeting

Following our attendance at the UK Coaching Awards in Leeds on December 6th, the team is spending the following two days together. This is for our quarterly all-hands meeting. We previously held our all-hands meeting in Brighton.

The last all-hands meeting meant we were able to report our progress in a way that we hadn’t before, with Lynn, Callun, Simon, and Kieran all presenting to the board in their area of expertise, following answering the questions the board had asked them.

There is no board meeting this time round, but with it being the last all-hands team meeting of the year, it gives us the chance for the team to update everyone on their progress, and the steps we are going to take in 2023.

Teachers CPD Qualifications

As 2022 closes, we have had a surge in demand for Teachers’ CPD courses. Our CPDs allow for parkour to become part of the PE syllabus in schools and help equip teachers with the skills they need to deliver safe and efficient parkour coaching.

If you are interested in a Teacher CPD course in your school or area, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Simon. ( simon.vardy@parkour.uk )

Our Latest Teacher’s CPD in Durham in November

That’s it for our monthly updates for the year.

Remember, our Parkour UK members get these updates early VIA email. You can sign up for a membership here.

Our next update will be available in the New Year.

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

The Parkour UK Team

Getting Started With Parkour – Training In The Winter

Training parkour in the winter, or in wet, rainy conditions in a safe and controlled manner is encouraged here at Parkour UK.
The UK is notorious for horrible weather during the winter. Lots of rain, heavy snowfall, and dark, cold evenings approaching quicker seem to be regular, but we strongly believe you should still practice parkour, whatever the weather!

Here are some examples of training in different weather conditions.

Glasgow Parkour Coaching – Winter Girls Class
Glasgow Parkour Videos – Snow Training November 2010

We also have information, advice, and guidance (IAG) on our website which details a little bit more regarding training outdoors.

Parkour/Freerunning is a sport that needs and requires the same dedication, discipline, and attention as any other sport.

Parkour encourages humility, respect for others and for one’s environment, self-expression, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery, and safety at all times.

Our IAG outlines some important practices for parkour traceurs and practitioners to follow. We have also listed this below, but will highlight some of the key points for training in winter conditions, and build on them for some extra information.
Of course, it goes without saying. All of our recommendations are important, regardless of the weather or situation you are training in, but being able to adapt is a key skill of parkour, and some additional details need to be focused on.

It is recommended that practitioners:

  • Select an appropriate training area
  • Be respectful of your surroundings
  • Check your surfaces and structures
  • Leave the area you’re training in as you found it (or tidier than it was!)
  • Be courteous to members of the public, other practitioners, and those around you
  • Think of the health of your body, both in the short and long-term
  • Appropriately assess the level of the movements being performed against your own skill level
  • Train in an overall safe and healthful manner: remember the central motto of Parkour/Freerunning is ‘To Be and To Last’
  • Through your actions and conduct always be a good ambassador for Parkour/Freerunning

Selecting An Area, Be Respectful of Your Surroundings, and Checking Your Surfaces

When it is dark, cold, wet, or covered in snow, it is always crucial to select an appropriate training area. Some areas might be out of reach during these times, particularly in the snow. Whilst we do recommend trying to hit your regular training spots, please don’t put yourself at any risk trying to access these areas.
When heavy snow falls, individuals and businesses have to slightly adapt. Because of this, training in some highly populated areas might not be possible. Again, use your initiative and previous history at spots to gain an understanding of the wider picture.

Checking your surfaces should be done during any training session, regardless of the conditions you are training in. In parkour, our trust should come 100% in our abilities and what we are able to do. Leaving even the smallest bit of faith on an unchecked surface could result in injury. Go through the usual checks, the weather may have weakened some structures. Of course, if you’re training in the rain, check the surfaces you are landing on also. Adapt to the environment around you, understand your ability, and do not put yourself at unnecessary risk.

Parkour jump in the snow. Parkour in winter
Glasgow Parkour Videos – Cat Leap / Arm Jump in the Snow

Appropriately assess the level of the movements being performed against your own skill level / Training in a safe manner

Building on the last point, appropriately assess the level of the movements being performed against your own skill level. Training in dark, wet, icy, or snowy conditions may not be the best time to see how far your running precision (A jump from one precise point to another) is.

Use this time to drill technique, practice landings, or explore different styles of movement. If you deem anything unsafe to try, listen to your body and mind. It isn’t worth risking injury for the sake of a movement.

Through your actions and conduct always be a good ambassador for Parkour/Freerunning

No matter the weather, being a good ambassador for Parkour & Freerunning is always something to follow when out training. Members of the public might be confused as to why you’re training during these conditions. Take the time to engage with members of the public, explain what it is you’re doing, and the benefit it has on you, and leave every conversation and interaction better than how it started.

Other Tips

Undercover Spots: If you’re lucky, your local training area may have some undercover spots that are sheltered from the worst of the weather conditions. This does not mean it will always be perfect. Some of these spots might be damp or icy still, so all of the points above still remain. Try mixing it up a little bit. Have the undercover spot as part of your training day, rather than the sole focus.

Indoor Facilities: There are a number of parkour gyms open across the UK that run open jam sessions throughout the winter. These indoor facilities can be used to practice some techniques and movements in a safe environment. You can check out a list of member organisations and gyms here.