Less than two weeks ago today I was finishing up a ‘Winter Newsletter’ which was going to summarise everything we’d been up to for the last couple of months and all the exciting things we had planned for the rest of the year. It seems however that current events have got in the way a bit, so instead please find this message to bring you up to date on where we stand today and how we plan to continue providing you with a valuable service during these next few months of uncertainty. It is a long read, but please read it through to the end! The year had actually got off to a really good start, we had introduced a new timetable, almost doubled the amount of classes available, memberships were slowly increasing and this was looking like it was going to be the first quarter where I was going to be able to pay the rent on the unit without dipping into my own personal savings. The way things were going we were on track to clearing our significant overdraft and actually being in a position to have some cash left over to invest in new equipment/obstacles by the end of the year...... and then this happened. If I’m totally honest, of all the scenarios I considered concerning risk management and mitigation, global virus pandemic and being forced to close our doors for an unknown time period never crossed my mind as a realistic situation I’d ever have to face in my lifetime. We are operating in uncharted waters, the advice and instructions from the government is changing daily. I would have sent this email sooner however no sooner had I finished developing [...]
It looks like we will be starting the Easter Holiday a week earlier this year. Boris says he will review the situation every 3 weeks and de-escalate restrictions as soon as possible. Right now is a struggle for survival and really need your help. We still have rent on the unit, utility bills and coaches to pay at the end of this month. If you have not lost your job as a result of the latest measures and you can afford to do so please keep your membership going and we will do our best to keep you active at home with tutorial videos and more! If you too are struggling financially please get in contact with us via the usual email addresses. If you want to help us further and are in a position to do so, please consider buying a gift voucher, t-shirt or birthday party. We can take birthday party bookings now for later in the year and can be flexible on the date if you need to change it nearer the time. Stay safe, stay strong. We cannot wait to re-open and welcome you all back. It wont be too long, I'm sure.
We are very sorry but due to updated instructions from the Prime Minister last night we are unable to open today. (Saturday 21st March). We will update you with more information at the earliest opportunity. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51981653
Dear members, Whilst the government remains indecisive, we are open for business and will remain so up to and including Saturday 28th March 2020. We will be closed from Sun 29th March – Mon 13th Apr for our annual scheduled Easter Holiday break as planned before the world went mad. Please help us to maintain a clean and safe environment by using our new outdoor sensor-tap hand wash station before entering the building and maintaining good hygiene during your stay. Only attend if you are healthy and without symptoms! Regular sanitising of identified key contact areas will continue and lesson content will be varied slightly to minimise contact and encourage greater physical separation between participants. We will continue to produce on-line tutorials which will enable members who are unable to visit the academy to practice their skills and maintain their fitness at home. On the assumption that nearly all schools will be closed from today until October, we would welcome feedback from our working parents who would benefit from half or full day activities Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm to enable you to carry on working. If the demand is there and we are able to go ahead with this, it is likely that spaces will be extremely limited to enable increased separation distances between those who attend. It is looking highly unlikely right now that we will be able to run our Easter Gathering event this year in the format that was originally planned. We are however looking into an outdoor alternative which might take place on a beach and include a BBQ if the weather is good. On Sunday 12th April we will review the developing situation and communicate with you our new plan for the [...]
First published 27th March 2020 Dear members, We at still open for now but please if you are in the at risk category you must stay safe. We are here to support you all the way. So long as it remains feasible to do so, and provided we are able to maintain adequate staffing we will remain open with all timetabled classes running as usual until further notice. We understand that not everyone has the luxury of an office job, a public sector employer or the ability to work remotely. There will be many of you who will still need to go out to work in order to keep a roof over your head, meals on the table and look after your families. If we end up with an extended period of school closures which extend beyond the duration of the Easter holidays, our intention will be to provide affordable 9-5 holiday camp style activities (so long as we are allowed to do so). Should this go ahead, spaces will be limited and priority will be given to our members. In the background over the last few weeks, cleaning procedures have been fortified in line with developing guidance. Starting this week we will be going a step further, providing additional hand washing facilities and requesting that people wash their hands before entering the building. Hand towels in the changing room have now been replaced with disposable paper towel and we are utilising steam cleaning technology to sanitise surfaces that are impractical to clean chemically. Starting this week we will begin to produce new video content and publish it online for our members. This will enable anyone who is self isolating or unable to come in [...]
If you are based in Exeter and considering gymnastics classes for your child, you might be frustrated by the long waiting lists which are common throughout the region of Devon. With the waiting list for some gymnastics clubs ranging from months to even years, you might be interested to learn there are some amazing alternative gym clubs in Exeter which tick all the right boxes. Is Parkour a viable alternative to Gymnastics? Step back from the media sensationalism which brought Parkour & Freerunning to the mainstream and you'll find a sport which shares a surprising amount of common ground with gymnastics, whilst remaining reassuringly unique. Forget high-rise buildings and dare devil antics, the reality of Parkour away from the big screen is a ground level discipline closer to a martial art than an extreme sport. Something which takes years of careful practice and dedication to master. The art of Parkour is not how far or how high one can jump, but knowing how far one can jump. It's about having the confidence, belief, strength and accuracy to be able to repeat a skill over and over again with faultless precision. Gymnastics vs Parkour? Gymnastics and Parkour are both practices of movement and each compliment one another rather well. At a foundation level there is a considerable overlap between the two and Parkour is a great foundation for building strength, balance, agility and coordination which will give your child a massive head start if they are looking to compete in gymnastics when a space on a waiting list becomes available. What separates Gymnastics from Parkour is less about technique than it is about purpose. The purpose of gymnastics is to learn a specific set of skills [...]
How to become a Street Motion Ambassador What is a Street Motion Ambassador? Street Motion Ambassadors are volunteer assistant coaches who help out during the classes offering additional supervision and advice. Ambassadors also help with the preparation and set up before classes as well as packing things away afterwards. Ambassadors have the opportunity to develop their skills over time and progress to Assistant Coach and Coach. Think you've got what it takes? When considering applicants for the ambassador programme, we are looking for people the following characteristics: Enthusiasm - Are you genuinely passionate about Parkour & Freerunning? Is it a way of life or just another one of many hobbies? Positive attitude towards training - Do you put in 110% effort even with the things you find difficult or are you the one looking for short cuts and making excuses? Behaviour - Do you see yourself as a positive role model? Is your behaviour and conduct worthy of imitation? Skill - Are you confident in your abilities? Have you practised enough of the basics such as vaults and rolls to be able to help others with theirs? Fast Learner - Are you able to listen, take on new ideas and respond constructively to feedback? In addition you will need to have been training with us for a minimum of 6 to 12 months and be at least 14 years of age. What you will gain from the Street Motion Ambassador Programme Leadership Skills Communication Skills Additional training opportunities Access to external events, demonstrations and workshops. Opportunity to progress to Assistant Coach and Coach Also Ambassador T-Shirt Up to 50% off Street Motion Clothing Discounted access to classes and events. To find out more, speak to [...]
Street Motion Ninja Skills Holiday Workshops (Parkour/Freerunning) 21st - 24th August // 10.00am - 12.00pm // 8-13yrs These are 2 hour long structured sessions which will focus on a particular skill or small set of skills. If you are looking for new challenges or want to learn new tricks, we have a workshop for you! *MEMBERS DISCOUNT AVAILABLE* (£35) Places limited to just 12 per workshop. Click here to book
Street Motion 4 Hour Summer Holiday Workshops (Parkour/Freerunning) 14th - 17th August // 9.30am - 1.30pm // 8-14yrs These are 4 hour long structured sessions with our coaches consisting of fun, games, challenges and plenty of tuition as well as time for supervised free play on our obstacles. **MEMBERS DISCOUNT AVAILABLE** (£35) Places limited to just 12 per workshop. Click here to book
The Street Motion Christmas Extravaganza is back... Don't miss the Street Motion event of the year! Book before Thursday 7th Dec to take advantage of our Limited Edition T-Shirt Offer. BOOK TICKETS HERE Date: Sunday 17th December Location: Street Motion Freerunning Academy, [Inside Exeter Sports Academy], 33 Marsh Green Road West, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8PN 11am - 3pm (7-10yrs) or 4pm - 9pm (All ages 10+) Not recommended for beginners.* 4 Hours of unstructured training. After a short warm-up at the start you'll be free to spend the rest of the session doing whatever you like. Work on any tricks you choose with help on hand if you need it. Food & Snacks provided; Bring your own bottled water. Limited Edition t-shirt included. Refer to our other ticket listings if you are looking for a ticket without the limited edition tee.