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.


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.
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  • If you want clarification on a particular clause, use the contact form below:


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The six founding member National Federations of Parkour Earth are:


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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.


The Board is nominated, elected or appointed by the Parkour Earth member federations.

Elected Directors

The elected directors are elected from the Member Federations. They 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-nomination at the corresponding AGM.

Janne Laurila
Janne Laurila
Elected Director (FIN)
Since discovering parkour in 2004, Janne “Jax” Laurila has been part of the local and national community in Finland. Janne has been coaching from 2009 and is one of the founders of and current CEO of the Oulu Parkour Club (est. 2013). Janne has a life long experience in entrepeneurship and has been a member of multiple boards, from associations to listed companies, and is a member of the board of the Finnish Parkour Association (est. 2003).

Janne’s parkour experiences have instilled in him a passion for architecture, such that he is currently studying to be a structural engineer. After graduation, Janne plans to develop outdoor environments that enable more creative movement.

Travis Ransom
Travis Ransom
Elected Director (AUS)
Travis ‘TJ’ Ranson hasserved on the board of the Australian Parkour Association (APA) since 2009 in various roles. TJ has worked on national projects with the APA, including qualifications and instructor training. He also founded the state organisation for South Australia in 2012, and continuously works on grassroots organising, teaching, and running his own ‘Movement Culture’ venue.
TJ has been full-time in the Parkour world between those various roles since 2012, and is most passionate about building strong communities around parkour.
In his own training, TJ likes to blend movement practices and influences to find the best bits to apply to parkour – while keeping a strong focus on the practical elements of applying parkour to the real world – and as such is a big fan of Rage Froobling.
Paul Gray
Paul Gray
Elected Director (ZAF) - Term until 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.

Chris Keighley
Chris Keighley
Elected Director (UK)

Chris is currently the Elected Director for England with Parkour UK, and has been involved with Parkour UK in coaching and tutoring since it was founded. He is a senior coach with Parkour Generations and has 10 years of experience tutoring the ADAPT certifications around the globe. He started parkour after seeing the seminal documentary Jump London and became inspired to see what his body was capable of with the London and wider UK parkour community. He has a degree in Political Science and a background in teaching steel pans before focusing on coaching parkour.

Independent Directors & CEO

Stephen Sampson
Stephen Sampson
Independent Chairman (UK)

Stephen Sampson is the head of the London Litigation Practice and of the Sports & Entertainment Industry Group at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. His expertise covers commercial, regulatory, governance and contentious work, for clients in the sports, media, entertainment and advertising sectors.  Stephen is noted in the legal directories as a leading practitioner in the sports sectors.

Stephen is resident in London and is married with four children.

Mathew D'Onofrio
Mathew D'Onofrio
Independent Director (AUS)
Mathew is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, based in Adelaide, Australia. In 2018, he became the first and only South Australian to be listed in the ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’.

At 17 Mathew launched his first startup, Nightlife First Aid, a first aid service dedicated to creating safe partying environments. Mathew has since gained extensive knowledge in business and entrepreneurship and has undertaken a range of roles in various industries to further advance his knowledge and experience.

Dr Damien Puddle
Dr Damien Puddle
Chief Executive (NZ)

Damien discovered parkour in 2008 at the beginning of his sports studies. He quickly gained a passion for academic research and using those findings to benefit the parkour and wider community. He brings a wealth of experience to Parkour Earth, being a founding member and current CEO of Parkour NZ since 2013, and completing his PhD in mid-2019 on the topic of globalisation and parkour.

He is passionate about parkours transformative powers and looks forward to supporting and providing opportunities for the world’s diverse community of practitioners.



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