The Government via the Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation exercise having committed to doing so in 2015, which could have an implication for the way that Parkour/Freerunning is delivered as part of the PE curriculum within the examination element of the subject, which can be a significant driver for schools’ engagement with Parkour/Freerunning, and as a result participation in it.
CALL TO ACTION: Let’s get Parkour/Freerunning added to the published GCSE, AS and A level physical education activity list!
This review is open to the public and the DfE will consider all responses. However, the DfE has advised that if respondents which to put forward a sport which has a National Governing Body (NGB) – therefore Parkour Uk for Parkour/Freerunning – that they contact the NGB for the sport in the first instance to check if it is planning to submit a response. Parkour UK is currently preparing a response focused on 7 sections of the consultation – as well as more broadly. This will based on insight and observations from the education sector and wider Parkour/Freerunning community that we have gained over the last 10 years of Parkour/Freerunning being delivered in Schools across the UK.
We know that there is a huge amount of support, passion and willingness to support the inclusion of Parkour/Freerunning to the list of assessed sports, not just from our community but also from schools, teachers and our partners the Association for Physical Education (afPE) & the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and we hope that our community and member organisations will be able to help us to achieve this. The more responses there are, the more likely we are to be successful, so please help to spread this message among your networks and encourage feedback to Parkour UK.
Parkour UK have been directly and indirectly lobbying the DfE since 2015 – in the lead up to the formal recognition of Parkour/Freerunning as a sport & Parkour UK as the NGB in 2017 – for Parkour/Freerunning to be included in the list of eligible activities.
We are pleased to bring this to your attention, as a NGB we encourage our community and member organisations, in the first instance, to submit your input to build into our response. Please share your responses to the consultation with our CEO Eugene Minogue by the close of business on the 18th December 2018 at the latest.
Responses to the review can be submitted here. The deadline for responses is Thursday 20th December 2018.