Funding boost for skate club

A popular skate club in Locking Castle, Weston-super-Mare is to benefit from funding from North Somerset Council.

The council identified just under £5,000 from Section 106 developer contributions specifically earmarked for youth projects in the Locking Castle area.

It has awarded the money to ‘Skate Club LC’ in recognition of the “very positive role it plays in engaging young people in the area”.

Since June last year Locking Castle Church has been working in partnership with The Campus and WESport to develop a skate club for young people in Locking Castle.

‘Skate Club LC’ has proved very popular and has contributed to falling levels of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The club meets weekly on a Wednesday evening with up to 50 young people aged eight to 20+ attending. It is run by a dedicated team of youth workers and volunteers including a Skateboard England accredited coach.

The club uses the outdoor skate park at The Campus in Highlands Lane in the summer and the indoor sports hall during the winter and on evenings when the weather is bad. The Campus also provides secure storage space for ramps and equipment.

As well as contributing towards youth work and coaching costs, the funding will be used to develop the project this year. Plans include:

  • repairing and refurbishing The Campus skate park’s fixed ramps
  • construction or modification of more mobile ramps, particularly suitable for inexperienced or younger skaters
  • purchasing new equipment including safety gear, helmets and loan skateboards
  • sending more leaders for coaching accreditation at Skateboard England.

Rev Tom Yacomeni, Lead Minister at Locking Castle Church, said: “It is exciting to be able to partner with North Somerset Council to provide much-needed safe opportunities for young people in Weston-super-Mare.

“The Skate Club at Locking Castle is a great example of the way churches, charities and the council can work together effectively and we are very grateful for this funding which will allow the club to continue to grow and connect with more local young people.”