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Qualification Statement – Parkour UK

Since 2017 Parkour UK’s qualifications have been separate and distinct from the ADAPT Qualifications Ltd. certifications and do not form part of the same system or pathway of qualification.

The delivery, awarding and administering of these qualifications is completely distinct and not related.

Holding a certificate in ADAPT Level 1, 2 or 3 does not also transfer to the Parkour UK qualifications listed below. This means that currently an ADAPT qualified coach cannot sign off hours for a Parkour UK qualified coach and vice versa.  This has been a subject of some confusion for our workforce over the last 4 – 5 years and we are aware the distinction has not been communicated clearly.

We recognise that there are a small cohort of Level 2 coaches who participated in courses around 2015 – 18 who were unaware of the changes emerging and may have been left with no clear distinction of who recognises their qualification. This could prevent access to Parkour UK insurance or prohibit them from signing off Level 1 coaches.

To rectify this and allow Parkour UK and our workforce to progress we are offering a reduced rate reassessment for any Level 2 coaches who have both:

  • A Level 2 certificate which does not feature the Parkour UK Logo AND
  • Completed their Level 2 qualification between 2015 and 2018 in the UK.

Reassessment dates will be set as soon as possible and you can contact Chris Grant – Development Manager at Parkour UK for further details. On completion of reassessment you will be issued with a Parkour UK Level 2 Qualification.

Parkour UK recognises that the early relationship with ADAPT has been fundamental in the growth of the Parkour workforce and are pleased to see that ADAPT Qualifications Ltd. continues to thrive around the world.  Our role is distinctly to develop the UK workforce and we believe our qualifications and infrastructure should be led directly by our staff & tutors in-house. The direction of our qualifications offering can be influenced by our members through the Workforce sub committee which is made up of representatives from our membership, tutors, board and external qualifications experts.

Parkour UK’s Current Qualifications:

Parkour UK – as the national governing body for Parkour in the UK – offer the following qualifications listed below.

They are valid for coaching Parkour in the UK and also recognised as the only valid qualifications that must be held under Parkour UK’s insurance. This insurance is accessed through professional or affiliate + membership.

Assistant Coach:

1st4 Sport Level 1 Assistant Coaching in Parkour and Freerunning (RQF)


1st 4 Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Parkour and Freerunning (RQF)


Introductory CPD Award in Teaching Parkour and Freerunning (QTS)

These qualifications are Awarded by 1st 4 Sport, regulated by Ofqual and mapped to CIMPSA professional standards.

The qualifications are subject to assessment and internal/external verification in line with our awarding body.

Please direct any queries in relation to this statement to the following contacts.


Dan Newton – CEO Parkour UK –

Chris Grant – Development Manager –

This Statement was agreed by Parkour UK’s Workforce Sub Committee on 11/01/2021.

All mentioned parties were sent the statement prior to its publication.

Inaugural ADAPT Conference – 15th & 16th March, London

The inaugural ADAPT Conference – a gathering of coaches and instructors – gives coaches, students, fitness enthusiasts, personal trainers, qualified professionals and any interested individuals the latest thinking on coaching, teaching and practising the arts of movement. Speakers from the world’s most inspirational coaches, including Parkour UK Ambassador Sebastien Foucan and Governor Chau Belle, as well as Parkour UK Chief Executive Eugene Minogue, Parkour UK Scotland Representative Chris Grant alongside international coaches Mikkel Thiesen & Martin Kallesoe from Denmark. Additionally, world-renowned filmaker Julie Angel and elite parkour photographer Andy ‘Kiell’ Day will also be giving talks.

The convention for parkour / freerunning coaches kicks off in an exciting new venue in the Chainstore – London Academy of Parkour / Freerunning. To join us at the ADAPT Conference on 15-16 March to meet, train and learn!

You will be exposed to the latest theories, methods and concepts for teaching and practising the arts of displacement; engage in practical sessions giving an insight into innovative and effective training approaches; exchange ideas and knowledge with experienced coaches from around the world and get time to socialise with like-minded practitioners and get face-to-face with these renowned experts who’ll answer all your parkour / freerunning or coaching questions.

Whether you’re a coach or instructor looking for inspiration or ways to take your coaching to the next level, or a practitioner aspiring to get into coaching, or just a fitness fanatic who wants to explore new ways to work out, you don’t want to miss the ADAPT Conference.


Conference Details

Date: March 15th and 16th, 2014

Times: 9.00am – 5.00pm each day

Venue: The Chainstore London Parkour Academy, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY (map)

Prices: ADAPT Qualified Coaches Entry – £30, Standard Entry – £40

Click here to book your place

Coatbridge Parkour Secure £9000

Affiliate Coatbridge Parkour recently travelled to the BBC studios in Glasgow to accept a grant of £9,000 from Children in Need presented by Judith Ralston!

The grant will help Coatbridge Parkour expand into new areas, open new classes and deliver outdoor workshops, performances and events.  The funding is to be used to purchase some Freemove equipment and a demo kit, including – pop up banners, table, flyers & gazebo for getting out into the community and running outdoor events in partnership with the local council. In addition to expanding their provision out of Coatbridge and into new areas like Cumbernauld, Motherwell and Hamilton.

Coatbridge Parkour expressed their thanks to Children in Need staff for their support, especially Pudsey!

Roots of Movement 4

Roots of Movement 4 

The fourth annual, Scottish Parkour event will take place over the weekend of 28/29 September 2013. This year’s the event will be held in  Coatbridge with a new refreshed format.

Full details will be announced in July but for those of you keen to get tickets, Roots of Movement are currently offering ‘early bird’ rate for tickets booked in June for the weekend.

Weekend Tickets will be the reduced price of £31 for JUNE ONLY before changing to the full price of £40. As always your ticket gains you entry to the event and all of it’s sessions as well as the customary FREE T-SHIRT!

Check out the website for details and to buy tickets.

Sport England – Parkour Sportivate Shoot

Following the announcement by Sport England in April, that an extra £24 million would be invested to expand and extend its successful Sportivate programme, Parkour UK has been working on a photo shoot and video to promote the programme. 

Parkour is one of the most popular sports on the Sportivate programme, demonstrating the significant interest and impact Parkour has with young people aged 14-25. Here are some of the photos from a recent photo shoot we did with Sport England’s Sportivate team at LEAP Parkour Park, with the video featuring Comedy Dave & Parkour Generations, who deliver Parkour Sportivate projects in London, to be released shortly.

If you would like more information or support establishing a Parkour Sportivate session please contact us or your local County Sports Partnership.


Images courtesy of Richard Gray (@RugFoot)

Sport England gives £24 million boost to Sportivate

Hundreds of thousands more young people are to benefit from the sporting legacy after Sport England announced an extra £24 million to expand and extend its successful Sportivate programme.

The National Lottery funding means Sportivate can continue helping 14- to 25-year-olds to get involved in sports from judo and tennis to wakeboarding and parkour until 2017.

Sportivate gives participants aged between 14 and 25 the chance to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in a sport of their choice. The programme is delivered through the network of 49 CSPs working with a range of local partners.

The programme is aimed at those who are not currently choosing to participate in sport in their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time, and will support them to continue playing sport in their community after the six weeks is up. During the six weeks a participant may work towards an event or personal challenge.

Sportivate will be fully inclusive and target participants across this group, including young people who have a disability, both males and females and participants from BME groups.

Parkour is one of the most popular sports on the Sportivate programme, demonstrating the significant interest and impact Parkour has with young people. If you would like more information or support establishing a Parkour Sportivate session please contact us or you local County Sports Partnership.