As well as a vegan cafe, art supply store, and exhibition space the team at The Mill are now opening their doors to the skate community. With the lack of a safe, secure space for skateboarders to practise and enjoy their sport, the skateboard community have rolled up their sleeves and decided it’s time to build something themselves. But we need your help! Any donations to help supply much needed building materials and tools to make it happen would be greatly appreciated.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The lack of an indoor facility is causing less children to get involved in the sport and parents of those already skating have to travel out of Leicester to get their child to a facility. Older children and adults without cars struggle to sustain regular practice as facilities are too far away, and more skaters take to the streets to outlet their skills and talents which in turn results in concerns over “anti-social” behaviour. A safe, sheltered space would allow skaters to learn, practice, and enjoy their time skating, without judgement or restrictions. We at The Mill want to encourage women, children and those of ethnic minorities to pick up a board and not be intimidated by false stereotypes. Projects like Flo Skatepark in Nottingham, and Girls Skate Uk have proven that with the right environment, women and children's uptake in the sport have increased profoundly. With your support, we can really make a difference in Leicester's cultural and skateboarding community.
Steps to get it done:
The Skatepark would also provide the opportunity for those looking to volunteer or work in this industry, to gain valuable experience and even qualifications, that'll help support them in the future.
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