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Meet The Team

Coaches:

Scott

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 Turner 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?
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.

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

YouTube: www.youtube.com/sj1765

Jackson TJackson 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?

Dorchester: Dorchester YMCA

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 Carly achieve her goals, and introduce his son to a healthy way of training that will allow him to achieve his potential.

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Danny Pierce

When and why you began parkour:
Danny started to train back in 2006/7. When he started he didn’t really know what he was training for, he just did it because he loved movement and wanted to challenge himself. While training, Danny bumped into Jackson Turner who then passed on more knowledge to him about what Parkour/Freerunning actually was. Shortly after this, Danny began to coach alongside Jackson until he was experienced enough to run and lead sessions himself.

When and why you began coaching:

Danny’s main reasons for becoming a coach was that he loved the activity more than anything he’d ever done before and it just seemed to him to be the perfect thing to invest his time in. Danny thoroughly enjoys seeing people improving their strength and movement.

Where do you coach?

Dorchester YMCA
Weymouth Sports Centre
Poole: The Parkour Project

Future ambitions:

One of Danny’s future ambitions is to coach more conditioning-­based sessions. This is because the strength and maintenance side of parkour is often overlooked. He believes that a lot of practitioners would benefit from these sessions, especially people new to the activity.

Viv

Viv Mendoza

When and why you began parkour:

Viv started parkour in 2011 when she first met Scott. She would join his classes at Pavilion Dance when she came to visit him in Bournemouth. After a few sessions, Viv realised how fun it was and found herself doing things to make herself stronger to become better at it.

When and why you began coaching:

Before discovering parkour, Viv was a cheerleader in London and, later on, became a cheerleading coach. In 2012, Viv moved to Bournemouth and started coaching parkour at The Parkour Project shortly after it was built in October 2014. She started coaching as she truly enjoyed helping others to achieve their potential. Viv has always found coaching to be the most rewarding job she’s ever had.

Where do you coach?

The Parkour Project: Poole

Future ambitions:

Viv hopes to be able to coach full-time for Train Hard and to continue to be part of its growing success. Viv also hopes to be a Chiropractic Assistant to Scott.

Anything you’d like to add?

Viv is also a qualified cheerleading coach.

 

Carly

Carly Flewitt

When and why you began parkour:

Back in 2009, Carly used to register and take payment for Train Hard’s sessions, whilst Jackson coached. Carly would then either sit and watch the session or go and fill the time elsewhere. After a few weeks of this, she thought, “there’s no harm in joining in…”, and she hasn’t looked back since!

When and why you began coaching:

Alongside fellow coach, Viv, Carly took part in the first ‘Women’s International Parkour Weekend‘ in 2014, where over 50 women of all ages, abilities and nationalities came together to train in London for a whole weekend. Carly was so taken by the female coaches that she thought how awesome it would be for her and Viv to become the leading ladies of Train Hard and drive the female parkour population up in Dorset.

Where do you coach?

Carly is not currently coaching.

Future ambitions:

Carly wants to bring more females into the world of parkour and hopefully start up more sessions in schools across Dorset.

Anything you’d like to add: 

Carly is thrilled to have been a part of Train Hard from day one and to have watched it grow into the establishment it is today, through the continued hard work of all the team. She is very excited about its future!

 

EllisEllis Keates

When and why you began parkour:

Ellis started parkour in 2011, and has enjoyed his journey ever since! He began parkour when his friend (and now fellow Train Hard coach) introduced him to classes in Bournemouth run by Scott Jackson. Ellis found the first couple of classes he attended to be the most physically active and adrenaline­ filled sessions he’d ever tried and took a keen interest in the discipline. Ellis and Fin became regular pupils of these classes and would find themselves assisting Scott at these sessions in a couple of years, finally becoming fully ­qualified Train Hard coaches.

When and why you began coaching:

Ellis began coaching about 3 years into my training career. Ellis always found that he was giving little helpful tips to others when out training and really enjoyed the feeling of helping others if they ever struggled with moving. This is the main reason Ellis is involved with coaching as he truly loves helping students to become more confident within themselves as well as their movement. Ellis started working as a voluntary assistant when Scott saw him as a hard-working, knowledgeable and capable student of his own. After working as a voluntary assistant coach for a couple of years and learning important skills, Ellis was brought on as an integral part of the Train Hard coaching team.

Where do you coach?

Bournemouth: Pavilion Dance South West
Poole: The Parkour Project

Future ambitions:

Ellis is currently studying sound engineering and aims to become a full­time producer and DJ of music, which has always been a significant part of his life. He would also like to continue his coaching career alongside this.

 

Jack NJack Newman

When and why you began parkour:

Jack began Parkour around 2012 after originally seeing a few films and TV adverts with Parkour featured in them. Jack also came across several Parkour videos on YouTube and that’s what really motivated him to try it.

When and why you began coaching:

Jack began coaching because he enjoys helping other people in their progress. Parkour is a discipline where everyone helps each other to learn and Jack’s passion for coaching developed from that aspect of training. Jack began coaching for Train Hard in early 2015.

Where do you coach?

Bournemouth: Beaufort Community Centre
Bournemouth: Pavilion Dance South West
Poole: The Parkour Project

Future ambitions:

Jack’s ambitions are to continue to progress his own physical ability in Parkour and reach his full potential in the discipline. Jack is also keen to explore the career of stunt performer and has set the wheels in motion in order to make this a reality. Watch this space!

YouTube: www.youtube.com/newmanfreerun
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jack_newman_
Twitter: www.twitter.com/newmanfreerun

 

FinFin Cruse-Drew

When and why you began parkour:

Fin began Parkour in 2011 at the Pavilion Dance South West classes run by Scott Jackson (which Fin now assists in running). Fin started looking for a sport or hobby which he could enjoy and hopefully become good at. After Fin read a description of Parkour, he instantly knew that this was what he wanted to do. He began the sessions with friend and now fellow coach, Ellis Keates, and hasn’t looked back since!

When and why you began coaching:

Fin began coaching at the start of 2014, in the same place that he began: Pavilion Dance South West. Scott recognised that Fin was a hard­working, competent mover, and was in need of assistant coaches and offered him a position. This led to him being brought onboard Train Hard Parkour. As Fin was reaching a point in his Parkour training where he was becoming confident enough to understand what needed changing in his own posture/position, it led to him discovering how this changed the overall look of his movement, and led him to the realisation that assisting others in their discovery of their own personal ‘style’ or movement was a good direction to take. Fin also wanted to start coaching due to the discipline having grown exponentially over the past 5 years. He wanted to direct new traceurs into becoming outstanding athletes who would be able to move to the best of their abilities, and not become injured in the long term by moving in a way which damaged their bodies.

Where do you coach?

Bournemouth: Outdoor Class
Bournemouth: Pavilion Dance South West
Poole: The Parkour Project

Future ambitions:

Fin is currently about to embark on a solo adventure, travelling around Europe! Good luck, Fin!

 

Alex EAlex Evans

When and why you began parkour:

Alex discovered parkour back in 2009. He used to watch a lot of freerunners training at a local gymnastics centre after his gymnastics class. A year later, Alex began attending the
sessions. It was here that Alex became inspired by the practice and began to regularly train outside as well as in the gym.

When and why you began coaching:

Alex first started coaching gymnastics at his local gym. A few years later and he was offered a job coaching parkour for a street dance company and soon after that he became a member of Train Hard and began coaching with them. Alex coaches because he enjoys watching other practitioners develop and improve, as well as the personal fulfilment he gets from guiding and coaching others.

Where do you coach?

Bournemouth: Pavilion Dance South West
Poole: The Parkour Project

Future ambitions:

Alex is currently studying Film Production at the Arts University in Bournemouth and hopes to one day become a Film Editor, whilst continuing to train and coach parkour in his free time.

Anything you'd like to add?

Alex is also a fully qualified gymnastics coach.

IMG_9729Tobie Annels

When and why you began parkour:

Tobie found out about parkour after watching a documentary about it and finding some videos on YouTube. He began Parkour in 2014 at the Pavilion Dance sessions and wanted to get into it because he thought it "looked cool" and he wanted to do some of the things he had seen in movies. As Tobie have continued training, his reasons for practising Parkour changed and now he trains mainly for self-improvement and to have fun! 

When and why you began coaching:

Tobie started coaching as a gymnastics coach in 2015, and started coaching Parkour in 2016. He started coaching gymnastics because he wanted to help people learn new skills. When he started coaching parkour, he was amazed at the amount of interest the kids actually had in learning, compared to gymnastics. Tobie enjoys watching practitioners improve and helping them to progress. Coaching has also helped Tobie in developing his own Parkour ability.

Where do you coach?

Bournemouth: Beaufort Community Centre

Future ambitions:

I am going to continue developing my own skills as a Parkour practitioner. When I turn 18, I hope to work towards my Level 2 Parkour coaching qualification. I am also currently training for the stunt register with a view to hopefully having a career as a stunt performer.

Anything you'd like to add?

Tobie is also a gymnastics coach.

Leon Rimmer HeashotLeon Rimmer

When and why you began parkour:

Leon first got involved with parkour back in 2010 after hearing about a club being run in his local town. This club was run by Train Hard in its earlier years and it is through this that Leon met Jackson Turner and became involved in the budding local parkour community. Leon has been training ever since.

When and why you began coaching:

Leon began coaching as a volunteer in late 2012 after being offered the opportunity to do so. He spent the first 6 months of his coaching career gaining the necessary skills needed to become a confident and competent coach, allowing him to pass on his passion to others. Leon has been coaching regularly in both Dorchester and Weymouth for since 2013.

Where do you coach?

Dorchester: Dorchester YMCA

Future ambitions:

Ideally, Leon would like to carve a sustainable career path that is related to parkour in some way, be it through coaching or professional services. Basically, he would love for parkour to be his full-time job.

Jack McNaughton headshotJack McNaughton

When and why you began parkour:

When and why you began coaching:

 

 

Where do you coach?

Dorchester: Dorchester YMCA
Weymouth: Weymouth Sports Centre

Future ambitions:

 

 

Sponsored Athletes:

16936134_1287174934706033_1448490091_oMax Barker

Max is a Parkour enthusiast from Bournemouth. He started Parkour in 2012 after a friend took him to a coached Train Hard Parkour session in Bournemouth. Max absolutely loved that session and started going regularly. Soon, going to these sessions every Saturday for two hours wasn’t enough, so he began meeting up with people and doing it during the week and any spare time he had. Max enjoys Parkour and the feeling that there are no limitations; it’s just you, your environment, and your progression. Max has always been a very active person, and he found Parkour to be the most unique and physically challenging way of being active, as well as being outside, and one with his surroundings. Max now travels around the country to various Parkour hotspots to train with the wider community.

Max is Train Hard’s first sponsored athlete; selected for his ego-less training attitude, high skill level, and commitment to the ethos behind Parkour.

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Luke Stones

Luke is a Parkour enthusiast from Poole. Luke started training parkour back in 2012 when he saw Scott and some local athletes doing a performance in Bournemouth Square to advertise the newly-starting Pavilion Dance parkour sessions. Luke started attending the sessions and made friends with a lot of the other students. He started to practise parkour outside, after the sessions, with some of his friends and has been loving it ever since! Luke loves parkour for the community values and the feeling of having almost a second family. He also loves parkour for the simplicity of the sport; there’s no need for any equipment, just you and your body. Luke also loves how the sport motivates him to travel; to explore outside of his local area and find spots to train further afield and meet more of the ever-growing community.

Train Hard have brought Luke onboard, not only because of his immense skill as a practitioner, but because of his hard work, dedication, and humble attitude towards training. Luke has just passed his Level 1 Parkour UK Assistant Coach qualification and hopes to join the Train Hard Coaching Team, soon.

Historical Members:

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David House

 

 

 

 

When and why you began parkour:

David began parkour in 2006, just informally jumping around school with his friends. In 2007, David went to his first coached session at Dorchester YMCA. There isn’t much else to say aside from that… it was great and David hasn’t stopped since! David’s nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eye) meant that pretty much any sport which involved hitting a ball was out of the question, which also happened to be 90% of sports covered in school. David was more than happy to find a sport that didn’t involve hitting a ball and which he also really enjoyed.

When and why you began coaching:

David began coaching in 2013. His coaching career started with him simply wanting to share the knowledge of parkour he had obtained over his years of training. David saw this as a natural progression. Over the time he has been coaching, however, his reasons for coaching have shifted. David still intends to pass on his knowledge, but not just in parkour. He wants to coach parkour but also aim to guide people in how to be functional human movers, who participate in physical activity throughout their lives. 

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Ollie Sohawon

 

 

 

 

When and why you began parkour:

Ollie began parkour in 2010. Before this, he played Tennis for 7 years and had been in competitions and really enjoyed it. At this time, he knew about Parkour as a few of his best friends had been doing it for a few years at Dorchester YMCA. Ollie decided to give it a go at a Dorchester adult’s class. After the first session, he was hooked! Ollie decided to stop doing tennis and began parkour as his main sporting activity.

When and why you began coaching:

Ollie started coaching when he was 17. A few of his friends were already coaching when he began parkour, but because he was always training with them he picked up the movements quickly. Ollie was also observing how they coached other people, and after a few years, Jackson invited him to be a coach alongside the others. Ollie decided to take up this offer because he wanted to improve himself as well as start to pass on the knowledge of parkour to others.

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Alec Baker

 

 

 

 

When and why you began parkour:

Alec began practising parkour back in 2006 but didn’t think of it as anything more than just having fun and going on adventures with his friends. It all started by seeing Dan Pierce doing flips off of apparatus and benches in a park. Alec was instantly hooked and would train straight after school and dedicate any spare time to his new found love.

When and why you began coaching:

Alec was making good progress in developing his skills, but his drive for further bettering himself meant he needed somewhere safer to practice techniques. Alec was fortunate enough to be invited to a session held by Jackson Turner at the YMCA in Dorchester and soon became a regular. He then had the opportunity to become a Train Hard coach and assisted with a variety of sessions. Alec says he loves coaching because he gets a great feeling of pride through teaching and helping people progress in the sport he loves so much.

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When and why you began parkour:

Daniel started Parkour 2007 ago because of his older brother who introduced him to it. Daniel really enjoyed it and has been practising it ever since.

When and why you began coaching:

Daniel was about 13 years old when he started coaching. He was offered a chance to coach with Jackson. Daniel took this offer up because he wanted to learn more and build up his confidence in general.

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When and why you began parkour:

Will began parkour sometime in 2008 when he was 12 years old. It was purely as a fun activity to do with his friends. He started practising parkour before he even knew what the term meant, as he and his friends would vault tables, fences and generally jump from one object to another.

When and why you began coaching:

Will was one of the first to join and train with Jackson at Dorchester YMCA. As the number of people joining began to grow, alongside Will’s parkour knowledge and ability, his assistance was needed to help out and coach.

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Liam Gallagher

 

 

 

 

When and why you began parkour:

Liam first started parkour in 2005 after seeing the Channel 4 documentary Jump Britain. It immediately appealed to him (being a gymnast), since he was able to take the strength and acrobatic skill he’d gained in the gym and use it as the building blocks to a completely new set of skills. After finding a local group online who trained in Dorchester, Liam started to meet them each Saturday morning to go out and drill the basics. This is where Liam met Jackson, who ended up being a core member of the group. Through Jackson, the group started to search further afield for new training spots, and soon he had organised the first indoor gym sessions which began to lay the foundation for Train Hard.

When and why you began coaching:

Liam began coaching parkour in around 2011. Liam, Jackson, and many of the other coaches that now make up Train Hard were asked to coach at Camp Bestival alongside the skatepark. They had very limited equipment – just a few wooden boxes, some scaffolding and a couple of mats – but managed to provide sessions that had people queuing round the corner to get their kids into them. It was great to see how engaging the sessions could be made even with the lack of equipment, and the feedback they received from both parents and participants made the long days worth it. Train Hard have been asked back every year since!