After the incredible turnout to Nottingham’s first girls-only skate jam at Flo on the 30th of September, where more than 50 ladies of all ages and abilities turned up and shredded, Flo skatepark are kindly hosting a second free girls-only session. There are boards and helmets to borrow for beginners, and the organisers – Claire and Charleigh – are two of Skate Nottingham’s ParkLives coaches trained to the new Level 1 Award in Coaching Skateboard Sessions and Child Safeguarding – so you’re in good hands if you’ve never stepped on a skateboard before and would like to give it a go. The idea is to create a space where the community of girl skaters can grow in Nottingham, helping to push the standard up amongst those who are already committed skaters whilst encouraging more beginners to get into and stick with skating. We’re 100% committed to pushing a vision of skateboarding that’s inclusive and welcoming to everyone, so these sessions aim to appeal to people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds and are welcoming to people who are trans or gender non-binary. On the 30th of September, it was amazing to see young kids skating with their mums, newly arrived 1st year international students from the University of Nottingham giving it a go for the first time, and more experienced female skaters helping out and showing them the basics.
Here’s some footage of Girl Skate UK’s Danni and Romy killing it at the last session – looking forwards to seeing how quickly the Notts community of girl skaters has grown and how fast the progression is in the next session.