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New Parkour Park in Taunton, Somerset

Our partners Freemove recently completed the installation of a new Parkour Park in Taunton, Somerset. The facility launched in mid-Decemnber as is now open to the public and is free to access.

As more and more Parkour Parks emerge we are seeing the direct and beneficial impact of the publication of the new British Standard for Parkour Equipment, BS10075:2013. Since its publication in February 2013 it is enabling local authorities, schools, colleges, universities, sports centres, land owners, manufacturers and installers to build Parkour facilities and equipment that are fit-for-purpose, safe and to the recognised standard.

Additionally BS10075:2013 is now being developed into a European Standard with the pioneering work led by Parkour UK being used as the ‘base document’ for the development of the EN standard.

#ParkourInspiringAGeneration

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)

Freemove Parkour Roadshow 20th – 24th May 2013

Freemove are hosting a week long ‘Parkour Roadshow’ to showcase their new portfolio of Parkour equipment during a nationwide roadshow running every day between May 20-24.

Cardiff 20th May 2013  |  Oxford 21st May 2013  |  Birmingham 22nd May 2013  |  Leeds 23rd May 2013  |  Glasgow 24th May 2013

Be amongst the first to try out their innovative products that enable an indoor, challenging Parkour experience with their new modular portable equipment.

Bring your trainers and try out Freemove’s amazing Indoor and Outdoor Equipment! They’ll be holding demonstrations, workshops and free training (indoor and outdoor) open to absolutely anyone, so get along, meet the Freemove team and the local parkour communities. Spaces are limited, so early booking is advised using the links above^. More information can be found on their Roadshow Event page.

Affiliate shortlisted for Creative Business of the Year Award

The BIBA Awards is Lancashire’s leading and biggest awards and Parkour UK affiliate, Street Monkeys have been shortlisted in the ‘Creative Business of the Year’ category. They will be judged on their Parkour/Freerunning display, their Parkour Academy which they are due to launch in the near future and also how they have developed these into a business. They will need to show how they will be sustainable in the future and what they aim to achieve in the next 3 years. One of the key reasons they applied was to demonstrate that it isn’t just ‘normal’ and ‘ordinary’ businesses that can win business awards, they want to demonstrate that investing in young people and new emerging activities is the future. If they win they are hoping to show local councils that the future of a positive and active UK depends on investment in things like Parkour.

Street Monkeys Director Sean Delaney, who invested in the Street Monkeys two years ago said:

“At first I saw a lot of media coverage about how the freerunners were  apparently anti social, So I decided to invest a bit of my time and money into them to give them an opportunity to prove the media wrong. Never did I think that 2 years down the line we would have done some of the things we have and to be shortlisted as one of the best business in Lancashire is a credit to all the hard work everyone in the team has put in. The future for the Street Monkeys is looking amazing, we are working closely with a number of organisations and agencies to grow Parkour/Freerunning in the North West, we have recently become an affiliate of Parkour UK, the NGB for Parkour/Freerunning in the UK, who’s advice and guidance has been amazing and we are excited about working with them closely in the future”

The final ceremony takes place in September 2013 and Parkour UK would like to wish our affiliate, Street Monkeys the best of luck!

Special Visitors to Level 1 Course

Last week (9th – 12th April 2013) saw a fully booked Parkour UK ADAPT 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Parkour / Freerunning (QCF) course taking place. This course had two special visitors . . . none other than two of the founders of the sport/discipline in Sebastien Foucan & Chau Belle, who are also Parkour UK’s Ambassador & Governor.

Sebastien Foucan, who has previously completed the Parkour UK ADAPT 1st4sport Level 1 Award & Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Parkour/Freerunning (QCF) courses, was attending the course to support the latest cohort of learners & his long time friend Jérôme Ben Aoues, who starred alongside Seb in Jump London & Jump Britain, who was undertaking his Level 1 Award so that he can support Seb in his newly launched, Parkour UK affiliated academy class.

Chau Belle and three senior coaches from the ADD Academy attended the course as part of the regular quality control of the ADAPT qualifications, ADAPT coach educator training process and to see the course run as they look to begin delivery of the ADAPT certification courses in France, birthplace of the sport/discipline.

Many of the learners on this course were overwhelmed by the experience of the course and also meeting two of the founders in the process. The course was run by Chris ‘Blane’ Rowat and Francois ‘Forrest’ Mahop of Parkour Generations, the world’s premier coaching organisation and delivery body for the ADAPT certifications.

If you would like to become a Parkour UK ADAPT 1st4sport Level 1 Award or Level 2 certificate in Coaching Parkour / Freerunning (QCF) qualified coach, then please do contact us for information, dates, & fees.

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.