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Parkour Staff

Kieran Wylde

Kieran has been training Parkour for around ten years. Three years ago, he took the jump and opened Aspire Parkour Academy, where they now support the learning of Parkour to 200+ weekly participants. Parkour has led Kieran to his current studies of a Bachelors in Sport & Exercise Science and sought-after voluntary work in both Parkour UK and Parkour Earth. Aside from Parkour, Kieran has worked in special education settings and currently cares for children with profound disabilities. Kieran is on board to assist Parkour UK for a temporary period with support from Sport England.

Chris Grant

Chris Grant was one of the early trailblazers in Parkour’s development in the UK starting Parkour in late 2004. In 2008 Chris founded a Glasgow Parkour Coaching developing the sport as a tool for social change. Working in a number of contexts and countries he has delivered Parkour projects in the UK, Jamaica, Trinidad, Sweden, Hong Kong and the US. In 2014 Chris moved into a full time career in community development and youth work and brings those skills back into the role at parkour UK – starting as development manager in September 2020.

Dan Newton

Dan is no newcomer to Parkour UK. Since September 2019, Dan has held the role of Interim CEO whilst on part-time secondment from his 9-year role as Development Director with Rounders England. During this period, Dan has worked closely with the Board of Parkour UK, the wider Parkour community as well as partners and stakeholders, to develop a strategy, built on solid governance foundations, that will enable the NGB to drive growth and sustainability.

Having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Development and Coaching, Dan began his sporting career as a Development Officer with South Yorkshire Sport. This led to a role as Governing Bodies Officer for Derbyshire Sport and from here he went on to play an instrumental part in the strategic delivery, funding drive and intellectual development at Rounders England.

Throughout his career, Dan has made a huge commitment to advancing his own skills and expertise, completing many renowned professional development programmes. Most notably, in 2015, Dan graduated from the highly acclaimed, Sport England Leadership and Management Programme, affiliated to the Cranfield University School of Management. He then went on to mentor others through a Sport England led Mentoring Programme.