NOTTINGHAM TO HOST FREE SKATEBOARDING SESSIONS THIS SUMMER
Aspiring skateboarders are set to enjoy free beginners’ stakeboarding sessions in Nottingham this July as part of the ParkLives summer programme, an initiative delivered by Coca-Cola Great Britain and Nottingham City Council.
The skateboarding sessions will be hosted by fully trained volunteer instructors from Skate Nottingham, a non-profit group that aims to boost the profile of skateboarding in the city and improve facilities for skaters. This programme has also been supported by The Renewal Trust, the nationally recognised community regeneration trust working in the neighbourhoods of Sneinton and St Ann’s.
Three sessions will be on offer every Sunday throughout July at King Edward Skate Park and will be suitable for a mixture of ages and abilities.
Beginners lessons for locals aged 8 years and up will take place between 10am – 12pm. Women-only sessions run by female coaches will take place between 12pm – 1.30pm. These sessions will be open both to beginners and more experienced skakeboarder.
A third session will take place from 1.30pm onwards and will be an open space for skateboarders to enjoy the park and take advantage of specialist equipment with coaches and mentors on hand to provide support, with older skaters (aged 25 and over) particularly encouraged to come along and get back into skateboarding.
Chris Lawton, Director at Skate Nottingham, said: “We’re taking steps to make skateboarding accessible to everyone with an interest in getting involved in the activity and wider culture of skateboarding, and partnering up with the ParkLives programme has been a great way to do that.
“Skateboarding is a great new activity to take up this summer. Not only does it encourage people to spend more time in their local parks but it’s also a very social activity. For us, skateboarding means life-long friendships and encourages a range of connected interests, including art, photography and film. We can’t wait to see new friendship groups forming this summer and new opportunities to link up with the creative and cultural aspects of Nottingham that skating is so closely connected to.”
All instructors are qualified with a Level 1 Award in Coaching Skateboard Sessions from training providers SK8 Safe and 1st4Sport, which was funded by ParkLives Nottingham. As part of the sessions, instructors will teach participants about the technicalities of different tricks, safety, the anatomy of a skateboard, and all-important skate park etiquette.
Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at Nottingham City Council, added: “Through hosting free skateboarding sessions, we’re hoping that residents will lace up their trainers and try something a little different by taking up a new hobby they might not have thought of before.
“Sessions will be run by trained volunteers from Skate Nottingham who will be able to help people of all ages and abilities, and everyone can go at their own pace. So, whether you want to learn a new trick or simply have a go at something new and meet new people along the way, there’s truly something for everyone.”
Sessions are completely free and must be booked online to guarantee a space. To join, visit parklives.com to book a place.