The UK has become the first country in the world to officially recognise Parkour/Freerunning as a sport, after the Home Country Sports Councils approved Governing Body, Parkour UK’s application.
Since its creation, Parkour UK has successfully developed and promoted an open and inclusive organisation, encouraging people of all ages, backgrounds or abilities to #GiveParkourAGo with their member organisations across the UK.
Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, said: "I want people to get out there and find the sport and physical activity that appeals to them and Parkour is certainly a fun, creative and innovative option. I am pleased that it has been recognised as a sport, giving it the platform for further growth in this country, with Parkour UK as its governing body."
Crawley Parkour has now become a not for profit community interest company and have recently opened their brand new gym ‘Traversal’.
Sessions take place at both Crawley Borough Council’s purpose-built Parkour training area during the summer and at all other times at the “Traversal” gym at 40 Linchmere Place Crawley, RH11 0EX.
Crawley Parkour will still be working with Crawley Borough Council’s and Freedom Leisure to deliver occasional community sessions, school holiday tasters at both K2 Crawley and the outdoor Parkour training area in Bewbush.
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The parkour training site, designed by the Urban Playground Parkour Team (UPG), features a series of obstacles and training facilities that provide a unique opportunity for traceurs to practise and improve their skills.
The facility is a place where fundamental techniques can be practised in a ‘live’ environment which encourages spontaneity, innovation and the creation of individual style. It’s intended to improve the confidence and competence of the people who train there.
Parkour, Free-Running, Art Du Deplacement; Call it what you will – the discipline of overcoming obstacles with efficient movement is an art of self-expression and exploration. It is based upon a philosophy of training oneself to become useful – useful to others and able to react to a dynamic and changing environment. It should always be practiced safely and with consideration for other users of the shared environment.
Users of this site do so at their own risk. Parkour is not ever about taking unnecessary risks, neither is it an “adrenaline sport”. Parkour is non-competitive and celebrates each individual’s style and achievement. Parkour’s creators have been training daily for twenty years and are still capable of great physical feats because they have remained cautious and considerate in their practice.
Remember the following principles as you create your own way of moving:
The site was funded and built by Crawley Borough Council and designed by the Urban Playground Team with advice from Gravity Style, Co-Creators of parkour, and in response to a brief set by young people in Crawley.
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