She-Shredders Skateboarders up for National Award
Categories: Active Sussex Programmes
‘Sportivate She-Shredders’ is one of three projects shortlisted for the ‘National Sportivate Project of the Year’ Award - to be announced at an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 21 October.
The girls-only project established a prominent female skateboarding scene in Brighton by holding weekly sessions in Autumn/Winter 2013 at the Level Skatepark and Brighton Youth Centre Skatepark, Kemp Town.
UK Number 1 female skateboarder, Lucy Adams, coached twenty-six beginner female skateboarders aged 16-25 during the two-hour weekly sessions, set up by Brighton & Hove City Council Sports Development Team.
Participant Louise Ting, said: 'Since I was a kid, I've wanted to learn to skateboard but never had the confidence to go to a skate park. She-Shredders gave me the opportunity to get back on my board and meet other people who want to learn to skate'.
Since the finish of the Sportivate project, She-Shredders have set up a weekly Thursday night skateboarding club at Brighton Youth Centre.
The ‘Push the Prom’ event for International Skateboarding Day was held in July, in partnership with Girl Skate UK, and saw over 100 female skateboarders cruise along Brighton seafront, joined by Olympic snowboarder, Jenny Jones.
Sportivate is a Sport England programme, delivered locally by Active Sussex, which provides funding for young people aged 11-25 years old to take part in new sports very cheaply.