Royale' actor Sébastien Foucan – one of the founders of Parkour – and Parkour UK Chief Executive
Eugene Minogue received the award on behalf of 'Jump London' from LOCOG
CEO Paul Deighton at a special event today. This evening, the pair will perform at the unveiling of the giant Olympic Rings in St Pancras International station.
At the presentation of the Inspire mark, the London-based club Parkour Generations, which has put 21 coaches through the 'Jump London' project, showcased a Parkour coaching demonstration with Quintin Kynaston School and St Augustine's School. The project aims to create 500 new Parkour coaches between now and the Games.
Paul Deighton, LOCOG CEO, said: 'We're delighted to award the 1,000th
Inspire mark to ‘Jump London’, who are using innovate ways to engage
young people from across the capital in sport. The London 2012 Inspire
programme is designed to enable non commercial organisations to
associate their London 2012 inspired projects to the Olympic and
Paralympic Games. Organisations across the UK are using the mark to
inspire local communities to be part of the Games.'
Francois Mahop, Parkour UK Chairman, said: 'Being awarded the Inspire mark is really important to us. Through Parkour we are looking to inspire young people to be active in a fun and exciting way, and being able to link to the London 2012 Games is an incredible opportunity to really enable us to deliver that message.'
An Olympic and Paralympic first, the London 2012 Inspire programme enables non-commercial organisations across the UK to link their events and projects to the London 2012 Games in an official scope. Projects awarded the Inspire mark are entitled to use the special London 2012 Inspire logo.