Over the past couple of years, Hull City Council has invested in skate parks throughout the city to position Hull as a major national centre for skateboarding.
Hull’s 2018 Skateboard Festival, organised by Hull Culture and Leisure, will include nearly 50 free skateboard sessions delivered in Hull. Equipment will be provided at all the sessions, which are appropriate for all ages and abilities, and there also will be certificates, prizes and awards handed out at each event.
The final session at each park will be a ‘jam session’, a mass participation event and festival of skateboarding, with music, professional demonstrations, competitions, throw-outs, prizes and engraved awards.
Skateboarding is a growing sport in the UK, and in 2020 will be recognised as an Olympic sport at Tokyo 2020.
Mitch Upfold, Managing Director for Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, said: “Hull Culture and Leisure prides itself on providing up-to-date programmes of activity that are relevant to residents’ needs.”
“Last year we ran a pilot skateboard project in partnership with Active Sports where nearly 500 residents attended a comprehensive free of charge coaching programme, which also involved four mass participation events where all equipment was provided.”
“On the back of its success we are delighted to be able to offer free skateboarding sessions all over Hull this summer.”
Mark English, from Rockcity Skatepark, said: “We are excited that Hull City Council is continuing with its Hull Skateboard Festival again this year. I can’t think of any UK city that has such a series of events across the summer.
“With Skateboarding enjoying its world premiere at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, our city will have set a new standard for UK cities in how important the humble skateboard is.”
For further information, head to the Hull Culture & Leisure website.