Park Lives Free Skateboard Sessions, July 2017

Photos: Simon Bernacki

With funding from Park Lives, a programme that runs in 10 cities in the UK to get more people engaged in outdoor activities, and the Renewal Trust, Skate Nottingham’s coaches delivered five free skate sessions on each of the Sundays in July 2017, at King Edward Park, off Carlton Road, Nottingham –  to children and beginners (aged 8+), women and girls (all ages/all abilities), and older skaters (aged 25+).  The sessions were incredibly popular – with more than 50 people attending at least one session, and the women and girls sessions reaching 16 people (the maximum capacity for the site).   This was an amazing way of demonstrating the demand for skate sessions in Nottingham, and has established a community of female skaters who will hopefully keep meeting regularly – including through this Facebook group.  We’re now in discussion with the City Council and other organisations around running further sessions later in the summer – check for updates on this site and our Facebook page.

Proper enjoyed the girls only session at King Eddie’s today! Made it a lot less nerve wracking just being girls and everyone was super friendly and supportive


We had a great time today. My daughter loved it and the coaches were great, thanks


Thanks to the Park Lives Nottingham Team, the Renewal Trust, 42 Skateshop Nottingham (who have kindly donated helmets) and Jase from the Nottingham Central Skatepark Facebook Page – who donated some beginners’ boards and helmets.

If you would like to train to be a Skate coach/mentor in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, please get in touch – we will be applying for funding for a second round of Level 1 Awards in Coaching Skateboard Sessions – this can include voluntary and community work in programmes like Park Lives (which is free for all participants) and potential paid coaching work in the future as we build capacity in Nottingham.


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