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MPs call for sport camps and daily mile initiatives

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:27

MPs have discussed the most effective ways to use cash raised from the soft drinks tax, including the rolling out of sports camps and daily mile initiatives.

Tags: Sport, Physical Activity, sport policy, participation, Health, PE

Parkour Recognised

Posted: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:15

The UK has becomes the first country in the world to officially recognise Parkour/Freerunning as a sport, after the Home Country Sports Councils approved Parkour UK's application for recognition of the sport and the National Governing Body.

Parkour, also known as Freerunning or Art du Deplacement, is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.


Parkour/Freerunning motivates people to get active. Participants can take part in the sport whenever and wherever they want, without needing to meticulously manage their busy diaries, buy special equipment, join a club, or book a pitch or court. All you need is a pair of trainers and your imagination to #GiveParkourAGo!


The recognition of Parkour/Freerunning as a sport & Parkour UK as the National Governing Body (NGB) by the Home Country Sports Councils - Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, sportscotland, Sport Wales and UK Sport follows completion of the UK recognition process by Parkour UK.
Parkour UK, was established in 2009 by the nation's Parkour/Freerunning community and the City of Westminster. It began the formal recognition process in March 2013, with the pre application for recognition approved in March 2014. The full application for recognition was submitted in August 2015 and was recommended for approval by the UK Recognition Panel in Dec 2015. During 2016 the Boards of the Home Country Sports Councils approved the full application for recognition, with the final confirmation of recognition being confirmed in October 2016.


Recognition will enable Parkour/Freerunning groups and organisations affiliated to Parkour UK to apply to the home country sports councils for lottery or exchequer funding to support the development of the sport locally in each home nation. Today (Tuesday, January 10, 2017), the Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch, alongside the President of Parkour UK and a founder of Parkour/Freerunning, Sebastien Foucan announced the formal recognition of Parkour/Freerunning as a sport and Parkour UK as the recognised NGB for the sport in the UK. The announcement was made at LEAP Parkour Park, England's largest outdoor Parkour facility at Westminster Academy in London. The park was launched by Westminster City Council in partnership with Parkour UK in Jan 2012.


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. The sport promotes movement and using the great outdoors as a space to get active in and I encourage people to don their trainers and give it a go."
President of Parkour UK, Sebastien Foucan, said:


"This is brilliant recognition for a discipline that started off as child's play with my friends almost 30 years ago. The beauty of Parkour/Freerunning is that everyone, of all ages, can do it respectfully in almost any environment. We celebrate activity and playfulness whilst constantly challenging our mental and physical limits. It is more than just jumping, it is a health driven way of life"
As the National Governing Body for Parkour/Freerunning, Parkour UK provides governance and regulation of Parkour/Freerunning throughout the UK, act as custodians of the sport/art, protect the rights & freedoms and promote the interests of Traceurs/Freerunners (practitioners), their member organisations & the UK community.


Parkour UK works closely with partners to encourage and develop the safe and appropriate practice of Parkour/Freerunning. The organisation also works with local groups, organisations, national organisations/bodies, local authorities and constabularies.


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. Parkour UK has also forged a close relationship with the education sector, developing programmes around videography and photography and cross curricular links around the history and culture of the sport. It has developed literacy projects that use Parkour/Freerunning to teach the French language – Parlez Vous Parkour?
Chief Executive at Parkour UK, Eugene Minogue, said:


"Parkour/Freerunning has come a long way since first arriving in the UK in 2003 with the seminal documentary, Jump London and Jump Britain in 2005, both staring Sebastien Foucan. This was followed up by Jump Westminster in 2007, which led to the creation of Parkour UK. Parkour/Freerunning is now in the vast majority of primary & secondary schools, colleges and universities all over the UK. The discipline has now been formally recognised as a sport with Parkour UK recognised as the National Governing Body. We have built a qualified workforce of over 600 people, we have led the development of a British, and now a European standard for Parkour Equipment. As a result, there are now more than 50 Parkour Parks across the UK. All this in just over 7 years , an amazing achievement and testament to the unique and diverse Parkour/Freerunning community in the UK, which is world leading!" The Parkour UK community, which is how Parkour UK describes its membership of affiliated organisations & practitioners, covering all four home nations of the UK - is incredibly rich in its diversity. Parkour/Freerunning celebrates female participation and has also demonstrated huge success engaging with children, teenagers and families. There are also examples of people over the age of 60 practicing Parkour and reaping all the benefits associated with regular participation in this incredible form of physical activity.
Parkour UK and it's community are pioneering innovative programmes, including: Parkour for Mental Health, Parkour for Older People, Family Parkour as well as Parkour/Freerunning academies. Parkour/Freerunning offers something new, innovative and engaging to those who want to get active but may find mainstream sports or activities unappealing.


Director of Sport at Sport England, Phil Smith (for and on behalf of the Home Country Sports Councils) said: "As the number of people involved in regular sport and physical activity continues to grow, choice becomes increasingly important. Parkour has already been offering something different for a few years now, but what recognition means is that Parkour UK is taking responsibility for its organisation. The safety and enjoyment of those taking part is paramount, so congratulations to Parkour UK on achieving the standards and showing their ambition to grow even further." ENDS
For more information and photography relating the announcement and/or to arrange an interview with Parkour UK, please contact Katie Lewis - 07912215302 or katie.lewis@brandchatter.co.uk
For more information on Parkour UK, visit parkour.uk

Tags: parkour, sport england, NGB

Sport England Announce Funding

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:25

Sport England have announced the first tranche of their NGB funding.

We're going to be investing nearly £88 million of National Lottery and Government funding in 26 national governing bodies of sport (NGB) in addition to opening two separate open funding programmes.

The investments and work will come into force in April 2017 and follows detailed discussions with each governing body about what contribution they can make to our new strategy.

Tags: sport england, NGB

Badminton Launch Petition

Posted: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:23

From Sports management Magazine.

Adrian Christy, the chief executive of Badminton England, has launched a petition calling for a government response after the sport lost all its UK Sport funding ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

At time of writing, the petition has garnered just over 11,000 online signatures after being established yesterday (15 December).

Tags: badminton, UK sport

UK Sport Funding Announcement

Posted: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:20

Liz Nicholl CEO of UK Sport sets out the background to their funding announcement

Last Friday, we at UK Sport announced our investment decisions for Tokyo 2020 alongside our challenging ambition to deliver more medals and medallists in Japan.

The announcement was of major interest to the sports concerned and also one that the rest of the sporting world would have taken note of following GB success in Rio 2016.

Tags: Uk Sport, Liz Nicholl

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch on BBC Radio

Posted: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:31

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch on BBC Radio

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is interviewed by BBC Radio 5Live and gives her views on the forthcoming questioning of Dave Brailsford by the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee; the FA and sports governance; as well as her thoughts looking ahead to 2017. (Interview starts at approximately 7m 20s)

Tags: Sport, sport policy, DCMS, Football

NGBs to Benefit from Corporation Tax Change?

Posted: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:00

NGBs to Benefit from Corporation Tax Change?

National governing bodies (NGBs) will be able to donate directly to grassroots sport schemes without paying corporation tax following an intervention by the Treasury.

Previously, NGBs had to set up a charity to donate money to grassroots sport without paying tax, but they will now be able to contribute without the creating an alternative body.

(from Sports Management Magazine)

Tags: Sport, NGBs, Corporation Tax, Treasury, Autumn Statement

How Safe is Sport?

Posted: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:04

How Safe is Sport?

Four ex-players from Crewe Alexandra have alleged abuse as children by former youth team coach Barry Bennell.

Allegations of historical child sex abuse within the game are being investigated by four police forces in England, and the police and FA have said they expect further allegations to emerge.

(Source BBC Sport)

Tags: Sport, Football, Abuse, Safeguarding

Sporting Equals Leaderboard event

Posted: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:10

Sporting Equals Leaderboard event

Sporting Equals will host its the third Leaderboard Conference on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016. The Conference will focus on supporting National Governing Bodies and sports organisations to increase ethnic diversity in their boardrooms whilst also helping them to meet the requirements of the new Sports Governance Code.

Tags: sporting equals, BAME, Chris Grant

London’s sports tech industry boosted by announcement of new sport technology incubator

Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:00

London’s sports tech industry boosted by announcement of new sport technology incubator

London's sports technology industry was boosted today with the announcement of a new tech hub to support London's fastest growing SportTech and FitTech start-ups. Backed by a partnership between London Sport and London & Partners, the incubator will be London's first sports tech hub to bring together leading sports industry companies and start-ups under the same roof.

Tags: London Sport, Sport Technology

Lords debate anti-doping legislation

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:05

Lords debate anti-doping legislation

On Wednesday members of the House of Lords debated an amendment to the Policing and Crime Bill, which would see doping in sport criminalised along the lines of legislation in other countries such as New Zealand, Austria, Italy, France, Holland, Sweden, Mexico and China. The amendment would see the law extended beyond professional and elite sport, to any organised competition affiliated to a recognised governing body.

Tags: Sport, sport policy, Olympics, Rio 2016

Invest £1bn to make leisure centres the new NHS frontline?

Posted: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:21

Invest £1bn to make leisure centres the new NHS frontline?

(from UkActive source)

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will today call for a £1bn regeneration scheme to save the NHS by transforming the UK's ageing fleet of leisure centres into its new preventative frontline.

The Chair of not-for-profit health body ukactive is urging for the Government's new industrial strategy to leverage cross-sector funding to replace 1970s-era leisure centres with community wellness hubs. These would combine swimming pools, gyms and sports halls, with GP drop-in centres, libraries and police services, to create a one-stop-shop for public services and empower the public to take greater responsibility for leading a healthy lifestyle.

Tags: Ukactive, Dcms, Local Government, Physical Activity, Peckham Model

London Stadium: Sadiq Khan orders investigation over rising costs

Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:35

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered an investigation into a £50m increase in the cost of converting West Ham's London Stadium.

In 2015, former mayor Boris Johnson said the change from an Olympics arena to a football stadium would cost £272m, a figure which has now risen to £323m.

(source BBC)

Tags: Olympic Stadium, Sadiq Khan, London 2012

Kick It Out chairman brands new governance code 'pathetic' for prioritising women

Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:26

According to Ben Rumsby in the Telegraph today the chairman of Kick It Out launched a scathing attack on the country's new sports governance code on Tuesday, angrily accusing it of prioritising women over other under-represented groups.

(Source Ben Rumsby The Telegraph)

Tags: Code For Sport, Sport England, Uksport, Kick It Out

Sports Governance Code Launched

Posted: Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:16

Sports Governance Code Launched

Organisations seeking public funding for sport and physical activity must meet new gold standards of governance considered to be among the most advanced in the world, the industry will hear today.

Tags: Uksport, Sport England, Governance Code, Tracey Crouch