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Train Hard Parkour

design-3Train Hard are a group of people who are spearheading the development of parkour in the South West of England.

Train Hard’s roots spring from the Bournemouth and Dorchester area. It all started very loosely, and to the untrained eye would have looked like a group of young people jumping onto walls, swinging on branches, and looking for challenging movements in their urban landscape.

In the beginning, the process of parkour training was an unguided one. Progress came in starts and stops without a guiding entity giving advice on the best paths to take. Through perseverance, and the love of moving, skills were slowly honed. Although a teacher or coach may have sped this process up, the experience of making mistakes (and the discipline needed to get up and try again) forged a strong belief in the notion that “failing is learning”, and learning from experience can be seen in Train Hard’s professional and organised parkour sessions.

As parkour grew in popularity, the regular training started to turn into coaching. What started off as a parent asking if their young children could get some advice, turned into a small parkour class. That small parkour class grew, and became two parkour classes, then requests were made to teach in schools, youth centres and at festivals. This process was happening in parallel in Bournemouth and Dorchester. The people that now comprise Train Hard crossed paths a few times over the years, occasionally training together, but It wasn’t until the last few years that they have joined together to form a formidable parkour organisation.

Website: www.train-hard.org

Parkour-ProjectThe Parkour Project

The Parkour Project was established in October 2014 after seven months of gruelling hard work by the Train Hard Team, and is Dorset’s first and only purpose-built, indoor Parkour facility. Designed by the Directors of Train Hard Parkour, in partnership with Natural Sports, it boasts a dedicated space for training in all aspects of Parkour as well as offering a fully-sprung floor, foam pit, and padded walls.

The Parkour Project has been designed so that half of the facility emulates an outdoor environment, where Parkour is primarily practiced, whilst utilising moveable obstacles, safety mats, a sprung floor and a foam pit, in order to aid the learning process.

Located in The Project Climbing Centre, above the Dolphin Centre, a stone’s throw from the train station and with loads of parking, The Parkour Project caters for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

Full Address: Dolphin Shopping Centre, The Project Climbing Centre, Dolphin Centre, Poole BH15 1UD

Website: The Parkour Project

 

The Team

Jackson Turner

When and why you began parkour:

Jackson began Parkour around 2004/2005; his initial foray into training involved a lot of somersaults and tricks. Back then it was difficult to find credible information about parkour and the most popular online forum at the time did not promote a healthy approach to training (either physically or mentally). Eventually, Jackson ended up on ‘parkour.net’ and was shown “the way” and given advice on how to train to make the body useful and strong. When he first started to train this new way, he nearly gave up due to how difficult some of the techniques were. After finding success with this new method of training, Jackson’s reasons for training changed. He now looks at parkour as training for life; he wants his body to be a tool that he’s able to use to help his family and the wider community. Jackson trains for himself and enjoys the creative release that playing around with movements can bring. Jackson does parkour because he wants to better at parkour.

When and why you began coaching:

Jackson was approached to coach two children after a parkour demonstration he organised and took part in with the local YMCA. Jackson was initially very reluctant. He had a background in coaching martial arts and had been coaching solidly for a couple of years. He really wanted to do parkour for himself. Jackson knew that if he started coaching, he’d start to have to focus on others’ training and their improvement. Jackson did start coaching these children and after a few weeks had two more children attend. The numbers started to rise and all of a sudden Jackson was coaching 20 children. It was then that Jackson started to receive enquiries from adults, so an adult class was started and that also grew to have a large following. Those original children who Jackson started to coach are now coaches themselves. It makes him proud to see the skill level that they’ve achieved and how competent they’ve become at coaching.

Where do you coach?

Jackson currently coaches at Dorchester YMCA, Weymouth Sports Centre and The Parkour Project: Poole.

Future ambitions:

Jackson’s ambition is to see where Train Hard can go. We have a fantastic team and Jackson believes that we are capable of huge things. He would like to see more people moving, and see our coaches applying a knowledgeable and detailed approach to their coaching; taking each individual’s needs into account. On a personal level, Jackson wants to push what he’s capable of, help his partner achieve her goals and introduce his son to a healthy way of training that will allow him to achieve his potential.

 

Scott Jackson

When and why you began parkour:

Scott began parkour back in 2006 after his brother introduced him to it for a school media project. At the time, Scott was a national-level trampolinist and was gradually losing the passion for the sport due to its competitive nature. After training with his brother for a couple of months, Scott decided to make the decision to quit trampolining and do something that he found more enjoyable and that didn’t have the unhealthy competitive aspect he’d previously been exposed to. Scott’s been training parkour ever since!

When and why you began coaching:

Scott began coaching in Bournemouth back in 2009 for a local youth centre. As Scott’s own ability improved, people put him in the position of “coach”. Scott found that he naturally offered advice to those he was training with and gradually more people were approaching him in need of this coaching advice. Scott soon began coaching at multiple venues and, in 2014, Scott and Jackson began to forge an alliance that would eventually become Train Hard Parkour as we know it today. Scott wants the upcoming generations of practitioners to be grounded in the ethos of parkour and wants to make sure that they are going to be able to train in a way that promotes safety and longevity.

Where do you coach?

Bournemouth: Beaufort Community Centre
Poole: The Parkour Project

Future ambitions:

Scott is a Doctor of Chiropractic and hopes to continue his parkour coaching career alongside setting up a successful Upper Cervical Chiropractic practice

Anything you’d like to add:

Scott is currently England’s home country representative director for the governing body, Parkour UK.

Parkour UK Website Profile: Parkour UK