About


Parkour Earth is the International Federation for Parkour/Freerunning/Art du Déplacement.

As such, it will be the custodian of the philosophy, integrity, and sovereignty of the sport, art and/or discipline of Parkour/Freerunning/Art du Déplacement internationally for and on behalf of the international community.

It will also serve as the sole governing and administering body for the Parkour/Freerunning/Art du Déplacement internationally to protect the rights, freedoms and promote the interests of traceurs/traceuses, freerunners, practitioners, members & the international community.

Parkour Earth will comprise of and lead the international community from a platform of good governance, sound democratic process, and ethical conduct.

By the community, for the community.

Constitution


Below you can explore Parkour Earth’s Constitution (Memorandum & Articles of Association), the clear, practical and proportionate system that underpin the International Federation.

It includes our Objects, Values & Principles, as well as which setting out what the International Federation can do, who the members are and can be, how decisions are made and who is responsible for making it happen.

Use the guide on the right to help you read and understand the Constitution.

Tips for reading the Constitution

  • The Constitution is a legal document and is required to use specific language.
  • The Constitution is not a chronological document, thus the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association must be considered concurrently.
  • The Constitution can be changed by the members at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) and/or a General Meeting.
  • The Constitution can be independently verified by checking the public records held at Companies House in the UK relating to Parkour Earth.
  • Download the pdf.
  • If you want clarification on a particular clause, use the contact form below:

 

Submit a Clause Query
e.g. 3.2. The Board shall administer the use of the logo
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Members


The six founding member National Federations of Parkour Earth are:

Parkour South Africa

Affiliate Member

Fédération de Parkour

Affiliate Member

Parkour UK

Full Member

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National Federations (both those recognised by government and those that aren’t) and organisations/communities trying to form a National Federation in a territory where there is no national federation or organisation recognised by and/or in membership with Parkour Earth are welcome and encouraged to join Parkour Earth.

Click on the tiles below to download the Membership Application and Membership Agreement forms. Follow the instructions within each form and once complete, return both to Parkour Earth with the necessary supporting documents.

If you have questions or need help in completing the forms please contact us for support.

Application Form

Application Agreement

 

We ask the International Community to hear this call to action and embrace, engage, support, shape and own Parkour Earth as your International Federation and to help lay the foundations for a deeper level of integrity, transparency and good governance throughout our sport.

We are working with national federations and communities around the world to help them understand the membership process, requirements, and how to set up a National Federation.

We invite all interested communities to contact us with their interest.

Membership Levels (as recorded in the Constitution)

A National Federation that is recognised as the Governing Body for their territory and granted full membership in the Federation but membership is restricted to one member per territory.

A National Federation governing and/or administering the sport at national level. An Affiliate Member shall be entitled to voting rights unless specifically provided for in the Articles, but membership is restricted to one member per territory.

Organisations/community trying to form a national federation in a territory where there is no national federation organisation recognised by and/or in membership with the Federation. Associate Members shall not be entitled to voting rights, and their membership shall continue only until the next AGM when it shall be reviewed and if appropriate may then be renewed.

FAQ


If your question isn’t answered below, please use the contact form to get in touch.

What is Parkour Earth?

Parkour Earth is the International Federation for Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement.

Why was Parkour Earth established?

Parkour Earth was established to protect the sovereignty and autonomy of Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement internationally.

Who are the founding member National Federations of Parkour Earth?

What is the role of Parkour Earth in the international community?

Parkour Earth will be the custodians of the philosophy, integrity and sovereignty of Parkour/Freerunning/ Art Du Deplacement internationally for and on behalf of the international community and be the sole governing and administering body for the sport internationally to protect the rights, freedoms and promote the interests of Traceurs/TraceusesFreerunners, practitioners, members & the international community. 

What are Parkour Earth's Objects, Values and Principles?

Our Objects, Values & Principles are fully defined in the Constitution. A summary of these are below:

The Objects include:  

  • To be the custodians of the philosophy, integrity and sovereignty of the Sport internationally for and on behalf of the international community.  
  • To protect the rights, freedoms and promote the interests of Traceurs/TraceusesFreerunners, practitioners, members & the international community.  
  • To be the sole governing and administering body for the sport internationally.  
  • To comprise of national federations and/or organisations governing and/or administering the sport at national level.  
  • To encourage, support and promote national federations in individual countries, nations or territories not yet members of the Federation, where the sport is not yet nationally recognised to increase membership internationally and to encourage, support and promote the formation of national federations in individual countries, nations or territories where the Sport is not yet nationally organised.  

The Values include:  

  • To ensure that the practice of the Sport in all its branches is a human right such that every human can have the possibility of freely practicing the Sport, without discrimination of any kind, within the spirit of friendship, solidarity, equality and fair play regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.  
  • Where relevant, to develop the Sport beyond the sporting context including the promotion of sport for social change, sport for development and the arts.  
  • To be responsible for the development of non-competitive and/or competitive programmes at international level and where relevant to co-ordinate events nationally and/or internationally.  

The Principles include:   

  • Good Governance – to encourage and support the promotion of and ensuring that principles of good governance be applied within and throughout the Sport.   
  • Autonomy – The autonomy of international sport is recognised as a fundamental principle and the Federation will take all appropriate measures to promote, preserve and protect the autonomy of the Sport internationally and The Federation shall provide Members complete autonomy in their own territory. It will have no part nor interfere in purely national issues unless such issues affect or undermine the objects, values and principles the international image and/or the international status of the Sport and/or the Federation in any way 

Who can join Parkour Earth?

National Federations (both those recognised by government and those that aren’t) and organisations/communities trying to form a National Federation in a territory where there is no national federation or organisation recognised by and/or in membership with Parkour Earth.

Membership Levels (as recorded in the Constitution):

  • Full Member – A National Federation that is recognised as the Governing Body for their territory and granted full membership in the Federation but membership is restricted to one member per territory.
  • Affiliate Member – A National Federation governing and/or administering the sport at national level. An Affiliate Member shall be entitled to voting rights, unless specifically provided for in the Articles, but membership is restricted to one member per territory.
  • Associate Member – Organisations/community trying to form a national federation in a territory where there is no national federation organisation recognised by and/or in membership with the Federation. Associate Members shall not be entitled to voting rights, and their membership shall continue only until the next AGM when it shall be reviewed and if appropriate may then be renewed.

We ask the International Community to hear this call to action and embrace, engage, support, shape and own Parkour Earth as your International Federation and to help lay the foundations for a deeper level of integrity, transparency and good governance throughout our sport.

We are working with national federations and communities around the world to help them understand the membership process, requirements, and how to set up a National Federation.

We invite all interested communities to contact us with their interest.

Is Parkour Earth recognised by any other international sporting organisations?

Parkour Earth is a member of Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), an independent, neutral, and global body dedicated to the promotion and safeguarding of integrity, good governance, and ethical behaviour in sport.

What definition of 'Sport' does Parkour Earth recognise?

Parkour Earth recognises the Council of Europe definition of sport:  

Sport” means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels

How does Parkour Earth define Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement as a 'sport'?

Parkour Earth defines our sport as: 

Parkour, Freerunning and/or Art Du Déplacement is the primarily non-competitive physical discipline of training that develops the ability to move freely over and through any terrain using only 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 ceative vision  

It is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them. It is a method of training body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective and liberated as possible in any environment  

The sport aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline and self-reliance, and personal responsibility for actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and the environment, self-expression, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery and safety at all times 

This definition is the sporting definition and does not fully describe the art, discipline and/or philosophy as a whole. Beyond the sporting definition – Parkour, Freerunning and/or L’Art Du Déplacement is also a method of physical training that develops the ability to overcome obstacles both physical and mental. Underpinning this is a philosophy of altruism, longevity, self-improvement and self-understanding.

Although Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Déplacement is a primarily non-competitive discipline, competitive practice is recognised as an element in the training practices of some communities and/or practitioners

Parkour Earth recognises and protects diversity and non-standardised practice, coaching, teaching and education as a strength and innate character of the international community 

Parkour Earth as the International Federation for our sport has chosen to utilise the globally recognised term ‘Parkour’ within the name of the Federation to fully represent the sport, art and/or discipline of Parkour/Freerunning/Art Du Deplacement. However, it is recognised that there are sensitivities and nuances in language throughout the international community on the various names/terminologies utilised.

Board


The transitional board was nominated, elected or appointed by the 6 founding member National Federations and one of it’s key tasks is organising the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held within 210 days of incorporation.

Elected Directors

The elected directors have initial phased terms of as detailed below and as fully detailed in Schedule 3 of the Constitution. They must retire and are then eligible for re-nomination at the corresponding AGM.

Sacha Lemaire
Sacha Lemaire
Elected Director (FRA) - Initial term up to 2018 AGM

Sacha has been engaged in the development of the French Parkour Federation (FPK) for 3 years and became President in 2017. He also leads the parkour association PK Stras in Strasbourg and organised the Weekend FPK, a big annual jam that gathered 500 practitioners of Parkour / Freerun / Art du Déplacement in 2017. He works in close contact with German and

He works in close contact with German and Swiss Parkour community leaders and has been training parkour and art du déplacement since 2012. He is a member of the Sport Office of Strasbourg and has his Masters in Sport Marketing and more than 10 years experience as a web consultant.

Eliot Duffy
Eliot Duffy
Elected Director (AUS) - Initial term up to 2019 AGM

Eliot started training Parkour in Canberra, Australia in 2006 and is the current President of the Australian Parkour Association. He has been involved in teaching and leadership roles in Australian Parkour since 2009, progressing through as a State Representative, Treasurer, and Vice President before taking his current position.

During this time, he led the training and development of his local Parkour community for several years, worked to expand parkour practice and instruction across Australia, led two of Australia’s National Gatherings, and became a central member for the development the Australian Parkour and its teaching community.

Beyond Parkour, Eliot works for a strategic design firm, ThinkPlace, and holds a Masters of International Security Law.

Paul Gray
Paul Gray
Elected Director (ZAF) - Initial term up to 2020 AGM

Paul has been involved in Parkour for 10 years and was one of the original members of Parkour South Africa when it was launched in 2009. When Parkour South Africa was officially incorporated as a non-profit organisation in 2014 he was voted onto the board. In 2016 Paul was elected Chairman of the board and has been leading the Parkour South Africa team since then.

Paul has a degree in Physical Theatre and blends his love for movement and fitness as a qualified personal trainer.

Damien Puddle
Damien Puddle
Elected Director (NZ) - Initial term up to 2021 AGM

Damien started training Parkour in 2008 and was a founding member of New Zealand Parkour – Tauhōkai Aotearoa, established in 2011. Holding multiple roles within the organisation from its inception (including its current CEO since 2013), he has been integral to the development and support of the New Zealand Parkour community, particularly in his home town of Hamilton.

Damien is passionate about combining his love for parkour with his love for research, evidenced by his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with Honours (1st Class) from Wintec and his current pursuit – a PhD at the University of Waikato, investigating the development of Parkour in New Zealand.

Independent Directors & CEO

The independent directors have phased terms as detailed below and as fully detailed in Schedule 3 of the Constitution. They must retire and are then eligible for re-appointment at the corresponding AGM.

The CEO has a initial ex-officio term and can be re-appointed at the 2019 AGM.

Dr Belinda Wheaton
Dr Belinda Wheaton
Independent Director (NZ) - Initial term up to 2019

Dr. Belinda Wheaton is Associate Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato, NZ. Previously she worked at the University of Brighton, UK.  Belinda is best known internationally for her extensive research on the politics of identity in action/lifestyle sport, which include a monograph, The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports (Routledge, 2013), and 4 edited collections including Understanding Lifestyle Sport (2004). She is currently co-writing a book on Action Sports and the Olympic Games: The Cultural Politics of Agenda 2020 and the Changing Sportscape. Belinda sits on the editorial board of 6 international journals. Belinda is a former GB representative in Alpine Skiing and Windsurfing, including silver team medal at World Student Games. She was multiple British Champion in wave sailing. She was also involved in the governance of windsurfing in the UK, bringing wave sailing into the British Windsurfing Association remit, and sat on the RYA windsurfing committee. She is still an active outdoor activity participant, and while living in NZ doing a lot of surfing, in-between being a taxi service for her children.

Stuart McInnes MBE
Stuart McInnes MBE
Independent Chairman (UK) - Initial term to up 2020

Stuart has been closely involved in the sports industry for more than a decade and has sat on more than 100 arbitrations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) since being appointed in 2004.

Stuart was also one of the 12 CAS Arbitrators, and the only UK representative, on the special ad hoc division of CAS for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Stuart was a managing partner of a London-based international law firm, where he was joint head of both the dispute resolution team and the sports and leisure sector team.

Stuart was appointed MBE in 2006 for his charity work with DARE UK, which provides drugs education to children in schools. He is a Visiting Professor to the Instituto Superior Derecho Y Economica in Madrid, where he has taught part of the world-renowned LLM Masters in International Sports Law for the past five years. He is also a Law Tutor at Southampton University.

Eugene Mingoue
Eugene Mingoue
Chief Executive (UK) - Initial term to up 2019

With almost twenty years of experience in Sports Development, Eugene was central to integrating parkour within the mainstream sports consciousness of the UK.

As a Sports Development Manager at the City of Westminster, Eugene was the project coordinator of the seminal documentary Jump Westminster, which proved conclusively how beneficial the discipline of parkour could be as a social engagement programme for young people. Eugene’s pioneering approach has helped establish parkour as a hugely beneficial and accessible activity across the UK, and he is a founding member of Parkour UK.

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Parkour Earth would like to thank David Tressler and Dalibor Parkour Reporter for the use of their photographs.