Parkour UK Return to Move Guidance

We understand this is an incredibly tough and confusing time for our members, coaches and gym owners around the UK. In this current phase while gyms are re-opening there are frequent changes to lockdown conditions – nationally and locally.  

Here in our Return to Move page we are supporting members in a number of ways: 

  • A Parkour & COVID toolkit – this is a downloadable file of examples of best practice from a number of our members of risk assessments, coaches guidance and other examples. These are free to use and adapt for your own gym.
  • A weekly update of general guidance from Parkour UK.
  • Links to the UK and devolved nation’s live guidance, and that of the corresponding sports bodies

Please note that these are general recommendations and you should refer to guidance regarding any local lockdowns in your area which may have further restrictions. 

Online Coaching

Many of our workforce have moved to an online coaching model during lockdown. 

Below is Parkour UK’s general guidance and links to an extensive document by CIMSPA in regards to online coaching 

We have included a template risk-benefit assessment created by Parkour UK an example risk assessment shared with us by Access Parkour which shows and alternative format.  

Thanks to Access Parkour for sharing this document. 

Our general recommendations for online coaching are: 

  • Provide a written/digital disclaimer in line with your existing practices for delivering coaching and have as short meeting with the participants beforehand to cover the contents of this. 
  • Host the session on a secure, closed platform such as Zoom or a closed facebook group. 
  • Risk assess the sessions using the same systems you apply to face to face coaching. 
  • Hold a qualification for the activity being delivered. 
  • Have appropriate insurance cover 
  • Works to the coach:participant ratio as prescribed by your qualifications and insurance provider. 
  • Record the session and store this securely for 3 years – ideally just record the coach delivering.  

If you are operating under Parkour UK qualifications and insurance you must meet the conditions above.  

Outdoor training

You may want to consider how you move some of your students to more outdoor training. 

You can read some advice from Hedge at Access Parkour that may be useful here

If someone at my venue tests positive: 

It is possible that a member of staff or a participant in your gym could test positive for COVID-19.  

In the first instance we would advise that you ensure this person has alerted test and trace. This means that the local Test and Trace teams will contact you with specific advice on your venue and any potential chains of transmission. 

If you have been coaching in an external venue it would be the venues responsibility to contact Test and Trace who would contact you with any advice. 

If you or a member of staff are asked to self isolate you must do so. 

General Advice: 

  • Unless advised by Test and Trace you should not have to close your gym but may want to take a day of closure to ensure you have addressed any issues or additional measures.  
  • Identify and inform any staff or students who were working in the person’s group of 6Particularly if there was close contact among the group. 
  • Thoroughly clean all equipment in the venue and pay particular attention to touch points like doorknobs, benches and in waiting areas and any equipment used. 
  • If you have any concerns that your staff should be self isolating you may decide to contact Test and Trace for more specific advice. 

If you have any further concerns please contact us directly.  

Current live guidance from governments and sports bodies: 

The UK government and each of the devolved Nations have the latest and frequently updated guidelines available, and we would encourage individuals and organisations to look at the relevant local guidelines in the first instance for implementation.   

Feel free to contact us directly if you have a specific question or need. 

Parkour UK has further provided this information to help individuals and member organisations to implement these guidelines with practical tips and considerations:

England – Updated 5 January

Live Updates:  

UK Government (England)   

Sport England  

England has entered a national lockdown from 5th January. This is currently in effect until February 22nd. You must stay at home and indoor venues must close.  

Indoor Classes:  

These cannot go ahead 

Outdoor Classes  

These cannot go ahead with the exception of meeting one other person for personal training and only one meeting per day.  

Parkour practice 

You can exercise in a public outdoor place: 

  • by yourself 
  • with the people you live with 
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one) 
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare 
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household 

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. 

Scotland – updated 4 January

Live Updates 

Scottish Government 

Sports Scotland 

As of 5 January mainland Scotland will be in lockdown with enhanced measures over and above the previous Tier 4 guidance. The islands will remain in Tier 3. This is effective until 1 February at least.  

You must stay at home and indoor venues must close.  

Indoor Classes:  

These cannot go ahead 

Outdoor Classes  

Organised sport and exercise can only take place within a single household group, or a group containing no more than 2 people from 2 different households.  Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.  – Scottish Government Guidance 

Outdoor classes cannot go ahead with the exception of small group classes for under 12s and 1:1 adult training 
For under 12s we would advise that you work on a 6:1 student:coach ratio. You must ensure parents do not mix, travel together in groups or have any other contact at classes. 

Parkour practice 

A maximum of 2 people from 2 separate households can meet outdoors for training. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number. 

The members of an individual household or extended household can meet outdoors for training.

Northern Ireland – Updated 21 December

Northern Ireland 

Sport Northern Ireland 

Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, additional restrictions are being introduced for people living in Northern Ireland from 26 December for 6 weeks. 

All indoor venues must close and no indoor training can take place. 
Individual outdoor training can still take place – with one person or one household bubble or two individuals from different households.  

1:1 coaching cannot take place 

Outdoor sport is not permitted. 

Wales – updated 21 December 

Live Updates:  

Welsh Government   

Sport Wales  

ALL OF WALES IS CURRENTLY AT ALERT LEVEL 4. 

Alert Level 4  

All indoor venues must close and no indoor training can take place. 
Individual outdoor training can still take place – with one person or one household bubble 

1:1 coaching cannot take place – you cannot meet with anyone outside of your household bubble. 

Outdoor classes/organised sport cannot take place for any age group. 

You can find the full information on all alert levels here – Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert Levels in Wales (gov.wales) 

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