“For me it’s not just the sport, it’s got me more confident about myself. I feel better in my body. I’ve started teaching some people in my school. I inspired them to do it.”
Key Fund helped Level Up Academy set up with a £24K investment allowing them to design and build bespoke equipment.
Formed in 2014, Level Up Academy delivers Parkour, Cheerleading, Circus Skills and Martial Arts. Equipped with a full-size sprung floor – one of just a few in the UK for Parkour.
Operating in one of the most deprived areas of Leeds, it’s important that costs are low, and no kit or expensive equipment is required to take part.
After coaching Parkour for six years Jim realised there was a lack of teachers as a new sport. Coaching was crucial – as for any sport. After becoming accredited with the national governing body, he recognised other marginalised sports also deserved the right equipment and facilities; sports often looked down on by the mainstream, such as Parkour.