Pro skateboarding coach to attend park’s opening

Town councillor Paul West (second from left) and town clerk Richard Wood with youngsters at the new skatepark.

Town councillor Paul West (second from left) and town clerk Richard Wood with youngsters at the new skatepark.

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A professional skateboarding coach is set to roll into Pocklington to showcase his skills and teach youngsters a few tricks as part of the official opening of the town’s new £63,000 skatepark.

The event will take place on Saturday (23 May) between 12noon and 2pm and everyone, in particular local youngsters, are welcome to attend.

Paul Regan, from skateboard school Active, has been invited to the official opening of the skatepark, on the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, West Green, to give a demonstration and teach children some skateboarding skills. A competition will be held with prizes to be awarded to the people considered to be the best at the different aspects of skateboarding. The facility, which was built earlier this year, is the brainchild of Pocklington Town Council and Pocklington Play Area Group.

Town councillor David Sykes, who has spearheaded the project, said: “What I am hoping for is to encourage more youngsters to get involved in skateboarding.

“The skatepark has been very popular since it opened.”

Last year, plans to build a skatepark received a financial boost when funding body Waste Recycling Environmental Limited awarded the town council £40,000 towards the project. The council also received £3,000 from Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove’s Crime Reduction Fund. The council hopes to recoup £20,000 that it contributed to the project from its own funds by applying for a grant from East Riding Council’s commuted sums fund, which is money received from the developers of new houses.