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Practise Skateboard & Scooter Skills During Tuition Sessions
Youngsters are being urged to get mobile during the forthcoming school half-term holidays with a series of free skateboarding and scootering tuition days aimed at keeping them active. At the same time, the two days of onboard lessons will provide young people with some essential skills on how to ride a skateboard or a scooter safely.

A skateboarder performs a trick. By Adam.J.W.C. - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

Lichfield District Council's sports development team is running two days of scootering and skateboarding tuition at Cherry Close Skate Park in Burntwood, near Lichfield, this June. The days are aimed at young people aged between 13 and 25 who live within the local area. The first two sessions are on Thursday 1 June and will be for skateboarders, while the second two sessions are on Friday 2 June and will be for locals who want to learn some tricks on a scooter. The two sessions on both days will be split into two age groups, with the 10am to 12noon drop-in class for 13 to 16 year olds, and the 1pm to 3pm drop-in session for 17 to 25 year olds.

A skateboarder in action

Skateboarding is said to have originated from around the late 1940s or early 1950s, when surfers in California, USA, wanted something to do when there were no waves to ride. So they apparently switched to surfing on the sidewalk instead. Move forward several decades to modern times and skateboarding is now a huge sporting industry. A report in 2009 estimates that the skateboarding market is worth nearly $5 billion in annual revenue with more than 11 million active skateboarders in the world. And last year it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. At the same time, skateboard parks have been constructed around the globe.

A group of skateboarders in Beijing, China. By Ernie from beijing, china - skateboarders in front of church, CC BY 2.0,"wrap="0

As well as the June 1 and 2 sessions, Lichfield District Council will also be offering more free skateboarding and scootering tuition days towards the end of the summer holiday, which will all build up to a competition event at the beginning of September. Youth Sports Development Officer, Tasmin Turner, said: "Burntwood's skate park is a great local resource and these tuition sessions are a good way to get more young people using it. Whether you're a beginner or pretty advanced on a scooter or a skateboard, our trainers will teach a whole range of skills and some tricks." People can find out more about Lichfield District Council's programme of low-cost Getin2it activities for young people in Burntwood and Lichfield by visiting online.
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Why? Get On Board A Skateboard Or Scooter During Half-Term
When: 1-2 June 2017
Where: Cherry Close Skate Park, Cherry Close, Burntwood, WS7 4RJ,
Cost: Free
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