Youth Urban Games 2018

Understanding the options you have when managing a parkour event can have benefits for both the client and the community. In recent years parkour has grown massively and will continue to do so. Whether you regard it as a sport, an art form, lifestyle, philosophy, performance skill or all of the aforementioned we have benefited as a community by finding more than one way to share it. As a result, we ultimately receive it in many different ways too.

Often these come in two categories;

  1. Activities that primarily benefit the participant – jams, classes, seminars, and gatherings.
  2. Activities that primarily benefit the viewer – computer games, tv, performances, and competitions.

When approached to run a parkour competition we began by contacting community leaders for feedback. Expectantly we quickly found that running a competition would be extremely divisive and needed to come up with a solution. We decided to attempt including every activity in category 1 and the live elements from category 2. Our goal was to create something that would benefit the community, satisfy an audience and fulfil our client’s aims.

These requirements gave us three distinct challenges;

  1. Running a parkour event for an audience without making it competitive.
  2. Creating a spectator event that benefits the community.
  3. Presenting classes and jams to a crowd.
The Youth Urban Games was a Scottish festival celebrating urban sports and community. Our job was to design and manage a parkour charity event. This included a performance, coaching, and non-destructive competition.
Sport InspiredScottish Canals
September, 2018