Monthly Update – October 2022

Every month, we will be putting together a monthly update on our website to keep you guys updated with everything we have been working on at Parkour UK. Here is our monthly update for October 2022.

Upcoming Courses

This December, Parkour UK is running its second Mental Health First Aid England course, delivered by Parkour UK’s Head of Development, Chris Grant. The course will take place over two days, ( The 1st and 2nd of December) in Peterborough.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course that teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.

The course will cost £85, a heavily discounted rate, and is perfect for individuals, coaches, or members of organisations looking to learn something that may benefit their everyday life or workplace. You can find out more information and book yourself onto the course here.

2023 Course Dates

So far, no 2023 dates have been officially announced for any upcoming Level 1 or Level 2 Parkour UK courses. As stated in our last monthly update, we have mapped the dates for Level 2 courses through 2023, which will be announced once we are confident that the materials are going to be ready. Progress is being made, but we want to be 100% sure all the materials are there before we start announcing the course dates.

We will send out an email once these dates are confirmed and announced.

A photo from our latest Level 1 course in Peterborough

New Roles

Parkour UK is looking to recruit 2 more individuals in part-time roles for the organisation.

We are currently hiring for

  • Finance Support
  • Workforce Support

All the information can be found on our website (Click Here).

These jobs are part-time roles, this will offer the opportunity to fit around other commitments and give the flexibility to work on a variety of assignments. We want the organisation to reflect the society we live in and work across and would encourage applications from in and out of our community.

We are also holding a recruitment surgery on the 3rd of November at 4:30 PM.

Applications are open until 12 pm on the 7th of November.

Speaking With Our Members

Following the digital team coming on board earlier this year, we have now had the opportunity to sit down and have a discussion with some of our members regarding their work within parkour. You may have seen some articles being posted to our website, or shared on our Facebook & LinkedIn profiles where we dive into discussions with some of our Parkour UK members.

Recently, we have had the pleasure of speaking to Sam Coppack regarding his very successful “York Takeover” parkour event (Read Here.), and a conversation with Team Reality regarding a partnership with a local community project, and their efforts on tackling the public’s perception of parkour in their area (Read Here.)

We are really looking to elevate and tell the stories of our members, so if you have a story you would like Parkour UK to share, please get in touch via our Instagram and let’s get a conversation going.

Our Annual General Meeting Date

Our AGM (Annual General Meeting) this year is going to be Tuesday the 29th of November at 12 PM. The event will be held online in its entirety, and the following documents will be made available on November 18th, in preparation for the meeting.

  • AGM Agenda
  • 2021 AGM Minutes (Draft)
  • The Directors’ Report & Financial Statements for the year ended 31st March 2022.
  • Parkour UK – Proposed Memorandum & Articles of Association including a summary of the proposed amendments
  • Voting Form (Affiliate Member)
  • Proxy Voting Form (Affiliate Member)

More details will be released soon, but for now, save the date.

Parkour Coaches Become Finalists in the UK Coaching Awards

Some brilliant news to close our monthly update. Three parkour coaches have been announced as finalists in the UK Coaching Awards. The UK Coaching Awards offer the chance to celebrate great coaching with the entire coaching community, experience real-life coaching stories from across the UK, and be amazed by the people who transform lives. This is the first time parkour has been included in the UK coaching awards.

Parkour UK would like to congratulate,

Callum Windsor (Aspire Parkour AcademyParkour UK Affiliate Member)
Callum is a finalist for the “Young Coach of the Year” Award. Supported by Reading Room this award recognises the excellent work of a young coach who has helped and inspired people to reach their sport and physical activity needs and aspirations.

Sam Coppack (The Parkour Coach Companion Podcast – Parkour UK Professional Member)
Sam is a finalist for the “Coaching Podcast of the Year” Award. This award recognises a coach-led podcast that delivers, inspires, and informs #GreatCoaching.

Adam Romaine (Access Parkour)
Adam is a finalist for the “Change a Life” award, supported by Sport England. This award recognises a coach who has empowered and inspired an individual from a diverse community through #GreatCoaching.

That’s our update for this month. Please feel free to get in touch with us on Instagram. We would love to hear from you!

The Parkour UK team

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.


Parul Agarwal – Interim CEO Parkour UK –

Simon Vardy – Workforce Lead –

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.

This statement was amended to update the contact details on 18/07/2023.

Download the statement here.

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)