United Kingdom First to Recognise Parkour as Official Sport
Fantastic news for the parkour/freerunning community and our athletes; recognition for the sport they live and breathe.
The practice, also known as freerunning, has had its application to be recognised approved by the home country sports councils.Governing body Parkour UK says participants can "take part whenever and wherever they want".
Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch described it as a "fun, creative and innovative option"."I want people to get out there and find the sport and physical activity that appeals to them," she added. "I am pleased that it has been recognised as a sport, giving it the platform for further growth in this country."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."
Parkour UK chief executive Eugene Minogue said the sport is now in a vast majority of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, with the UK also boasting 50 Parkour Parks.
He added: "All this in just over seven years , an amazing achievement and testament to the unique and diverse parkour/freerunning community in the UK, which is world leading."