Connecting people, ideas, and support from the crowd to make Leicester an even better place!
MaMa Skate CIC is a not for profit group looking to create awareness, engagement, and a safe space for people of all walks of life to skate. This project is a completely not-for-profit indoor skatepark, created for and by the community, which has never been done before in Leicester.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Mama Skate CIC has been holding free creative workshops kindly accommodated by Graff HQ. It has been a great success and many people keen to know when the next workshops will be. We also help children skate for free by holding informal “skate clinics” where they can seek advice and tips which they would normally receive at skate lessons in a secure skatepark. The lack of an indoor facility is causing less children to get involved in the sport. Older children and adults without cars struggle to sustain regular practice and more skaters take to the streets to outlet their skills and talents which in turn results in concerns over “anti-social” behaviour. Concerns about anti-social behaviour are often cited by those opposing skateboarding in public places, but empirical evidence is sparse. In fact, a greater weight of evidence suggests that it is the lack of things for young people to do that is more likely to fuel undesirable activity.
Steps to get it done:
Developmentally, important life skills are informally fostered when a bunch of young people learn to take turns, share a confined space, face new challenges publicly, and pick themselves (or others up) after a fall. An indoor park is a necessity for safer usage of larger ramps and all year-round protection from wet, windy, cold, and extremely hot weather. It would also provide secure premises for all day usage, allowing for set times for coaching, children's, adult's, beginners and intermediate sessions. Setting up jobs for those looking to work in the industry and those less privileged will be one of our main aims by giving young people the opportunity pass on their skateboarding skills through teaching.
About the space
Leicester City Council