Article first published April 2016
April saw the launch of the very first Level 1 Award in Coaching Skateboard Sessions Qualification course, the first course of it’s kind in the UK, with Sk8 Safe as the first official assessment centre.
After months of hard work with 1st 4sport and the new National Governing Body for Skateboarding in the UK, Skateboard England, Sk8 Safe travelled to the Lodge Skatepark in Devon, to train the country’s first accredited and qualified skateboard coaches.
The new coaches came from all ages and backgrounds, some with years of experience on a skateboard, and others simply able to roll and perform basic tricks. However one thing all these new coaches had in common was a passion to engage more young people in skateboarding, and to deliver an exciting skateboarding session, inclusive of everyone.
The course was met with 93% positive feedback from those involved, and learners were inspired to get out in their community to introduce young people to skateboarding. From seasoned sports coaches to first time coaches, all felt they had learned something valuable from the course and were proud to be able to offer young people a fun alternative sport.
Mike Hawman, a regular user of the Lodge and newly accredited Skateboard Sessions Coach, had this to say about the course:
“The course for me was a real out of the box experience, i have always liked the idea of being inspirational to those who wanted to learn the skills I am passionate about and achieving this qualification has been a huge accomplishment for me. Now I have the necessary skills to be that inspiration.”
Later that month, Sk8 Safe would deliver their second course at 4Motion Skatepark in Darlington, to coaches from The Skateboard School in Sheffield, and Camp Rubicon, two very well respected coaching companies. After a visit from the 1st 4sport External Quality Assurer, and a visit from the Internal Quality Assurer, Sk8 Safe achieved a 100% pass on both accounts, a massive success and testament to the hard work and dedication of the team over the previous months.
Sk8 Safe continue to go strength to strength, and with more courses on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to become one of the next accredited skateboarding coaches, and inspire the next generation.