Thirsk Skate Park
Sk8 Safe have enjoyed a long relationship with the young people in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. The relationship commenced many years earlier when we facilitated a Skateboarding Club for 3 years and many events after this time. The Club was a great success introducing young people to skateboarding playing and an instrumental part in the foundations of the demand for a permanent facility in the area.
“Thirsk8 Park engaged with Sk8 Safe since our park was finished in 2012. Sk8 Safe helped us officially open the park with a bang by running a very successful Sk8 Jam – providing everything you need from the MC and music to first aid and prizes. Sk8 Safe has now run 3 successful Sk8 Jams for us which are always professionally delivered. We have recently embarked on a new project with Sk8 Safe to deliver a Skate Ambassadors course for users of the park – as a facility we are already starting to benefit from this with young people taking greater responsibility for the running and use of the park which can only enhance everyone’s visit!”
As with all new facilities the skate park suffered the same symptoms which lead to adverseand unrest in the local community; litter, bad language, social groups clashing such as BMX, scooter and skateboarding clique’s with differing needs. The management team decided to engage Sk8 Safe once again in 2013 to embark on the Sk8 Safe Skate Park Ambassadors Program.
Sk8 Safe Skate Park Ambassadors The Skate Park Ambassadors Programme has been designed to bridge the gaps between new skate park users, experienced skate park users, local residents, skate park managers and local county council initiatives. The strategy in place aims to empower young leaders at skate park facilities. They provide a point of contact and to provide advisory services to all persons who may visit, spectate or manage the skate park facility and act as a conduit for improved relationships across all these groups.
“I have to say I went to lock up on Monday evening, it wasn’t quite dark but I had an appointment so had to shut it then or not at all. There was a group of young people on the site when I got there and I was expecting the usual ‘why are you closing, it’s not dark etc’ and to my delight I was greeted by a bunch of extremely polite and obliging young people.
They said no worries about it being locked and then went on to explain that they had undertaken a litter pick and that our volunteer who litter picks on a Monday hadn’t had to pick up one bit of litter!! If that’s not testament enough about the training I don’t know what is – I was so impressed by the change in attitude of people over such a short space of time!”
Feedback provided by:
Lisa Wilson Community Leisure Manager, Hambleton District Council