Parkour UK 1st4sport Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour/Freerunning

What does this qualification cover?

The objective of the Parkour UK 1st4sport Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour/Freerunning (QTS)  is designed to introduce teachers to the fundamental concepts and training principles of Parkour/Freerunning for use as part of a physical education / school sport in an education setting. It serves as an introduction, and enables teachers to initiate basic Parkour/Freerunning training within the school environment. This CPD award is limited to indoor activities only. If a school wishes to embark on a more developed Parkour training programme for its students, we strongly recommend engaging a Parkour UK 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning qualified coach (please refer to our comprehensive guide to introducing Parkour/Freerunning to schools).

Who is this qualification designed for?

This is a one day teaching CPD course for qualified teachers (QTS) in the UK. It is not a coaching qualification.

Learners are required to:

  • be accurately identified
  • be at least 18 years of age (prior to attending the course)
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing). Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.
  • hold or working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Additional requirements:

If you have any injuries, illnesses, permanent, long-term or temporary disability, a learning difficulty or indisposition, you must inform Parkour UK so you can apply for special consideration from 1st4sport by completing and returning an Access Request Form.

The CPD is built around the principles of Discovery, Challenge and Play. Spotting, use of equipment and health & safety are concepts taught throughout the course.

  • Introduction ‘Wake-Up’ Route
  • Parkour as a Concept:
    Definitions and misconceptions. History/notions of journey / challenge / methodology of training / indoor training. Parkour as discovery, challenge and play for young people.
  • Warm-up and Cool-down:
    Introduction and practise of the core elements of a warm-up for parkour training, including parkour specific activities such a quadrupedal movement techniques, CNS activation, aerobic, muscular and joint preparations for physical activity. The importance of physical conditioning.
  • Attributes over Technique:
    Quality of movement, natural, quiet, soft, control, balance, agility, co-ordination, spatial awareness, fluidity, instinctive movement.
  • Basics of Displacement:
    Introduction to passement (Step/speed/reverse/pop vaults), jumping and balance: how to spot for these activities and manage the practise of them in a group. Teaching points, progressions, adaptations, extensions, support.
  • Health & Safety for Indoor Training:
    Spotting, use of equipment, managing enthusiasm, importance of managed risk-benefit.
  • Basics of Displacement:
    Landings and Rolls, arm jumps, passement 2 (saut de chat, tic-tac, slide monkey, passe muraille): how to spot for them and manage the practise of them in a group.
  • Teaching Safety, Supporting and Leadership in Parkour:
    Pupils supporting, pupil risk-benefit assessment and personal responsibility, leadership tasks, group challenges and individual challenges. Use of Activators.
  • The 3 Pillars of Parkour/Freerunning:
    Maintaining the ethics and philosophy of the art within training.
  • Combinations and the use of games:
    How to utilise the day’s learned movements in combination to create routes of movement which encourage practise of a variety of movement types and techniques. Focus of the concept of fluidity and unbroken movement.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Parkour UK 1st4sport Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour/Freerunning Learner Pack

For tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Parkour UK 1st4sport Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour/Freerunning specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification, including a recommended learning programme
  • Parkour UK 1st4sport Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour/Freerunning Tutor/Assessor Guidance Pack
  • Internal assessment tools

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Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a Parkour UK 1st4sport Learner Pack and Learner Resource Cards.

Type Course fee Assessment Fee Discount requirements
 Standard £125.00 Included  n/a
afPE/YST Members  £115.00 Included When booked by an individual with a valid afPE membership or YST Membership. Please contact us with your membership number for a discount

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Payments for course must be made in full prior to the commencement of the course.
  2. The course fee covers all reasonable costs associated to complete the qualification, and where a no-show for assessment or a re-assessment is necessary. There is an additional fee payable to cover the cost of a re-assessment.
  3. In order to qualify for the registration and/or membership discount, learners must have the correct level of membership prior to booking.
  4. In order to qualify for the membership discounts, the learner’s organisation must be members of Parkour UK prior to booking.
  5. Learners must arrange their own personal accident insurance cover for the duration of the course.
  6. Learners must attend all course dates unless an exemption is granted in writing by the course organiser.
  7. No refunds shall be given for learners who fail to attend any course dates
  8. Learners who withdraw from the course for any reason will be subject to the following cancellation policy:
    • Cancellation within 7 days of the course start date – No refund of course fee, a 25% fee will be discounted from the cost of a future course.
    • Cancellation within 14 days of the course start date – 50% of course fee refunded, minus a 10% handling fee. A 25% fee will be discounted from the cost of a future course.
    • Cancellation up to 28 days prior to the course start date – 100% refundable upon notification, minus a 10% handling fee

Please contact our Development Manager Chris Grant – [email protected]

This is a non-regulated CPD and does not sit on the QCF or RQF