Skate fans in Nottingham will be pleased to hear that the Flo Skatepark has reopened, after closing several years ago.
But now the indoor venue has been given a new lease of life, thanks to The Flo Charitable Trust. This is a newly formed charity with a board comprising local skaters and BMXers, as well as parents, teachers and representatives from local businesses.
Simon Bernacki, from Skate Nottingham, told LeftLion that they are looking forward to working with the trust, commenting: “We can now start thinking on a far greater scale about the positive activities that connect the world of skateboarding to young people’s education, volunteering and social action.”
As well as providing a place for local skaters and BMXers to practice their tricks and hone their skills, the venue will also run a range of structured sessions.
There will be beginner sessions, skateboard-only sessions, BMX-only sessions and female identifying sessions on the calendar each week, among other activities.
Charity trustee Alex Hallford told the Nottingham Post that Flo is “a great hub for current and future generations of skaters to improve their skills and makes a lot of people very happy”.
With skateboarding set to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time, having spaces like this where new and improving boarders can practice their tricks and develop their skills is vital.
There could even be a surge in interest in the sport once it appears on a world stage like the Olympic Games in a couple of years time.
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