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Sebastien Foucan Accepts Olympic Award for Freerunning

7th March 2011

Sebastien Foucan has accepted the 1,000th Inspire mark for ‘Jump London’ from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Projects awarded the Inspire mark are able to use the special London 2012 Inspire logo to promote their project and show that they are part of the 2012 Olympics.

‘Jump London’ is a project designed to develop and support the safe teaching and learning of Parkour - also known as Freerunning - by a qualified instructor. 

Parkour UK Chief Executive Eugene Minogue, with one of the founders of Parkour/Freerunning and James Bond ‘Casino Royale’ actor Sébastien Foucan, received the award on behalf of ‘Jump London’ from LOCOG Chief Executive Paul Deighton.

At the presentation the London based club Parkour Generations, who have put 21 coaches through the ‘Jump London’ project, showcased a Parkour coaching demonstration St Pancras International ahead of the unveiling of the giant Olympic Rings in the station.

Sébastien Foucan, one of the founders of Parkour, said: ‘Being the first of the ‘Jump London’ new coaches to receive the coaching qualification is fantastic! Parkour UK’s ‘Jump London’ project will create hundreds of qualified coaches like me, creating more opportunities to participate in Parkour.’

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.’

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said: ‘The awarding of the 1000th Inspire Mark is a great achievement and demonstrates how the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has inspired people all over the country. Today’s award to ‘Jump London’ is a great example of the activities people can get involved with that have the spirit of the Games at their heart.’

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'Across the capital and throughout the UK people of all ages are getting involved in 2012, adding to the exciting programme of cultural as well as sporting activity. Parkour exemplifies the energy and dynamism that are hallmarks of the capital, so I am thrilled that ‘Jump London’ is the project that takes us to today's fantastic milestone and urge others to sign up to the Inspire mark.'

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 with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Organisations across the UK are using the mark to inspire local communities to be part of the Games.’

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