What is the Youth Urban Games?
The event is about showcasing the top young urban sports athletes from across Scotland – including parkour, skateboarding, and BMX. Hosted by Scottish Canals and SportInspired with the support of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and Year of the Young People the Youth Urban Games gives the opportunity to over 100 athletes across the different sports to showcase what they can do as well as giving the public a chance to give it a go.
Custom Parkour Park
The Youth Urban Games will feature the largest parkour stage ever in Scotland. It is also the biggest Parkour event in Scotland this year. The park setup is custom-built for the event. Handled by Ukemi Parks and AIM Sports Academy, to guarantee the opportunity for unique routes, lines, and movements on the day. No one will have used the setup before. The exploration and unpicking of the possibilities will happen live, as a group, in front of the crowd.
Parkour is a non-competitive discipline and the format of the day represents that. Instead of competitions, we are hosting a community jam, solo/group performance runs, speed runs and tag. This gives the young talent the opportunity to get comfortable in front of a crowd without the pressure of leaderboards. Instead with the support of both the local and nationwide community by their side – sharing with the masses the true spirit of the sport.
The Youth Urban Games has community coaching running alongside the jams/events. Making the event both inclusive and offer newcomers the chance to give parkour a go. Ukemi has recruited the top coaching organizations from around Scotland, to provide variety as well as an opportunity. To see what happens when you get different styles of coaching in the same place together. Parkour Scotland, Access Parkour, West Coast Shift and Parkour Generations Glasgow were chosen and they will be joined on the day by coaches from AiM.
How Do I Sign Up?
Sounds like something you would like to be involved in? There are lots of ways you can get involved with the Youth Urban Games. You can sign up to participate in the event, come along and join the crowd or give parkour a go with our free community workshops. Once you have signed up get in contact with us at Ukemi on our FB page, IG, or through email and we register you to the events you would like to participate in on the day.
- Speed Runs
- Open Jam
- Performance Runs
“It will not only promote young people’s creative skills in the transformation of the Forth & Clyde Canal, but also shine the spotlight on our incredible young athletes.”
Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years – Glasgow Live
What About Skateboarding and BMX?
Here at Ukemi, we are handling the Parkour side of things but you can also get involved with the other sports too. Team Extreme is bringing a custom-built park and offering the same opportunities as the parkour section. To find out more about the Youth Urban Games and what’s on offer visit the website.
Got some ideas on how the event should run or things you would like to see? Join the Ukemi community group and get involved in the discussion.
The Youth Urban Games is hosted in partnership with Scottish Canals, Sport Inspired and Year of the Young People.