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£150m investment in School Sport, welcomed by Parkour UK

This morning the government has announced new funding for school sport and PE worth £150m a year for the next two years.

Schools will be able to pay for extra coaching sessions to improve the quality of sports and PE provision.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We can create a culture in our schools that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport.”

The Government says the new scheme will involve:

  • Lump sums for schools – a typical primary school with 250 primary-aged pupils would receive £9,250 per year, the equivalent of around two days a week of a primary teacher or a coach’s time
  • A greater role for sporting and voluntary organisations, including sport’s National Governing Bodies (NGBs) – such as Parkour UK, who will increase the specialist coaching and skills development on offer for primary schools
  • Tougher assessment of sport provision by inspectorate Ofsted to ensure the funding is bringing the maximum benefit for all pupils, with schools held to account for how they spend the money
  • Sport England investing £1.5m a year of lottery funding through the County Sport partnerships to help schools link up with local sports coaches, clubs and sports governing bodies
  • More primary teachers with a particular specialism in PE via a new teacher training scheme.

Eugene Minogue, Parkour UK Chief Executive

“This investment in school sport is very much welcomed by Parkour UK. We share the view of the Youth Sport Trust, that if young people are to develop a lifelong enjoyment of PE and sport then the focus must be on ensuring primary schools get the support and expertise they need. By providing a greater role for NGB’s to provide specialist coaching and skills development, such as our Parkour UK ADAPT 1st4sport Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour/Freerunning course for Teachers, is the way to secure a high quality experience of PE & Sport.”  

PK Peers Certificates

Following the first official delivery of our new Parkour UK ADAPT Sports Leaders UK Award in Leading Parkour / Freerunning, in Grimsby at the Oasis Academy Wintringham on the 22nd February 2013, the certificates are beginning to be sent out.

The award, also known as ‘Parkour Peers’ or ‘PK Peers’, is a new introductory course to develop leadership skills in young people aged 13+ within a school or community setting, enabling them to activate intertest in Parkour and to support a Parkour session or class led by a qualified teacher or coach. The award goes hand-in-hand with the Parkour UK ADAPT 1st4sport CPD Award in Teaching Parkour / Freerunning, which helps qualified teachers understand and implement fundamental Parkour concepts into lessons.

PK Peers is a fantastic ways for schools / clubs / organisations to engage young people in an inspirational physical activity and Parkour has proven to be a massive success in schools.

Since the first course in Grimsby we have delivered two further courses. Certifying over 36 young people. If you would like more info on the new course or to arrange a course then please contact us.

IGNITION by Northern Focus Parkour & National Theatre of Scotland

Great work being done by affiliate organisation, Northern Focus Parkour & our Scotland Representative Chris Grant of Glasgow Parkour Coaching in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland in Sheltland, one of the most northernly points of the UK.

Book you tickets now to go and see #IGNITION