Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Crawley Parkour CIC is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC), that was
established in June 2017. It promotes, practises and delivers safe Parkour provision in Crawley.

We actively promote Parkour as a positive past time, providing accessible
and safe tuition, help develop a positive and friendly Parkour community in Crawley which
practises safely, and build relationships with other Parkour groups/ communities, whilst fundraising to support the development of safe Parkour.

Thanks to £5k Aviva community funding last year, we were able to open the first purpose-built indoor Parkour training facility in Sussex in February 2018. We have built up our engagement from 70 participants per week, to over 100 per week via our growing weekly timetable of sessions for children aged 3-17 years and adults too, catering for beginners and intermediates.

The thing most important to us, is the positive, early intervention with people, to teach them about the true ethos and safety of parkour, along with how it can be used to improve levels of fitness, self-discipline, mental health and confidence/self-esteem. We also aim to educate the local community as a whole, to reduce misconceptions of Parkour as an antisocial activity involving trespassing and escaping from authority figures. We instead pro-actively champion Parkour as a non-competitive, alternative sport that engages with those that might not be interested in mainstream team sports.

Now that we are set up and more established, this year we are just asking for £1000 to help us with a coaching and mentoring project to engage with those battling with mental health. Since 2010, there has been a significant increase in mental health amongst young people in particular, with 25% of females aged 16-24 years having suffered from anxiety or depression, and 15% of young males. With 1 in 4 people likely to be affected by mental health at some time in their life, this is a huge area to address and provide positive, non-competitive activity - the great thing about Parkour is that there are no losers, so there is no negative mindset involved, only success and progression.

The funding will allow us to upskill some of our existing volunteers and coaches to become either level 1 or level 2 coaches, via accredited courses provided by Parkour UK - the National Governing Body for the sport. It will also allow us to get our volunteers and coaches some specialist training in mental health awareness, via MIND's "mental health awareness training for sport and physical activity" workshop. This will then enable us to have an appropriately trained workforce to deliver sessions to help combat mental health levels in and around Crawley.

Crawley Parkour CIC

Moment of Pride

We are exceptionally proud in the last year, of having become a Community Interest Company and opening the first purpose-built indoor Parkour coaching facility in Sussex. Our talented, inspiring, dedicated and passionate coaches make a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Location: Linchmere Place, Crawley, West Sussex, UK