The Origins of TPA
Thanet Parkour Academy was a project developed by Jestress Flo. It was set up in 2013, by Tyler Frankland and Laura Atkins. The purpose was to teach Parkour and Performance Arts. TPA's mission statement to date is to increase the engagement of youths that are physical active, focused and learning new skills in sport. Providing a positive impact in people’s lives through Sports Promotion.
We believe that Parkour is a holistic sport, providing the practitioner with physical and cognitive developmental functions for movement. In addition to this we recognise the importance of social health and have built a network of professional coaches and staff that support every learner on their journey through movement. We do this by adopting a variety of different training methods and environments that allow the participant to thrive. For example, managing risk in sport by breaking down both physical and mental components needed for skills.
Statistics show a drop in physical activity amongst adolescence by the time they reach thirteen. This is partly due to struggling economic circumstances and lack of stimulation from mainstream activities (Sport England, 2014). Parkour can be a great motivation amongst these demographics to either stay active or take up new sports due to it becoming a growing trend. We serve the larger community in providing a safe network for children to socialise. Teach new skills and educate youth about the benefits and dangers in the communities such as ‘local gang crime’ making them less vulnerable. All our coaches demonstrate passion for sport and fitness. Their thirst for knowledge extends beyond the regulation requirements to teach Parkour, making them highly skilled and effective at passing on knowledge. We also have an extensive policy in place for protecting the welfare of all children placed in our care. Our infrastructure has been built from many years of experience and relationship built with leading organisation such as my trust, which has led to the success of TPA and made us the leading provider of Parkour in Kent..
"Our aim is to provide an impact in our community, by bringing people together in a sporting social setting, creating tangible community life for younger generations. At the forefront of our mission is to improve the confidence of individuals, teaching transferable skills, to raise self-esteem and self-worth. Parkour is an opportunity to learn new skills and improve on health and wellbeing. It is also important to offer support for all those involved in our community, providing positive role models for the young and encourage the building of relations with parent/guardians with our team. We strive to educate students to make informative decisions regarding positive health and lifestyle choices."
(Tyler, Director of TPA)