Outdoor activity provider Our Parks has been awarded a £245,000 National Lottery award to create a more representative coaching team and encourage more people to get active.
Our Parks was founded by Born Barikor in 2014, with the goal of giving people in London access to free outdoor exercise sessions.
With initial backing from Waltham Forest Council, Our Parks quickly grew and has since received funding from us to support further growth around London and England.
Now, with Our Parks reaching more than 100,000 people across England, Born is launching the ‘Coach Parker’ project aimed at growing his coaching workforce and increasing the number of people from under-represented groups engaging with their sessions.
“This award marks a new era in coaching and is so important to empower communities, individuals and those from all backgrounds with the right to coach or volunteer in the urban outdoor exercise space,” he said.
“I am a byproduct of good coaching in an urban environment that came to me at a low point in my life when things could have gone in so many directions.
“The power of good coaching is life changing and Coach Parker will adapt the approach to what coaching is and where it takes place to broaden the DNA of our coach and volunteer workforce.”
In five years Our Parks has seen 100,000 'Parkers' use their sessions