Inaugural Skateboarding National Championships launched in the UK
Skateboard England have announced that their first Skateboarding National Championships will be held in April 2018.
In August 2016, the IOC announced that skateboarding would be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As a response to being part of the Olympics and the need for a specific qualification route for GB skateboarders, Skateboard England are creating the National Skateboarding Championships.
The National Championships is proposed to be an annual event that will initially be held over two weekends in April 2018 in which the top adult male and female skateboarders from the UK will compete to see who is crowned champions in Street and Park.
Lucy Adams, Chair of Skateboard England said “We are delighted to be launching the National Championships. Interest in skateboarding is growing and we’re excited that BBC Sport have already committed to including coverage of the National Championships across their online media channels.”
The National Championships for Street Skateboarding will be held at the Mount Hawke Skatepark in Truro on 14th & 15th April 2018.
Ciaran Ryder from Mount Hake said "Everyone involved at Mount Hawke are incredibly excited to be chosen as a host venue for the inaugural Street National Championships. This event will allow the best riders to showcase their talents and inspire future generations into skateboarding. We are grateful to Skateboard England for their support and look forward to seeing you all down in Cornwall."
The National Championships for Park Skateboarding will be held at the XC Skatepark in Hemel Hempstead on 28th & 29th April 2018.
Henry Thomas said "Dacorum Sports Trust XC is very happy to see the National Championships come to Hemel Hempstead and we hope to provide a great platform for everyone to enjoy the UK’s top skateboarding competition in 2018."
In the first year, entry into the National Championships is by invitation and skaters will be selected based on their current competitive performance to ensure the highest level of competition. Skaters will be invited by Skateboard England to take part via team managers, skateparks, sponsors or other appropriate channels.
For further details about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Skateboard England CEO, James Hope-Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Recruitment of an Independent Non-Executive Director
As part of our strategic plan and in line with Sport England governance practises for national governing bodies of sport, we are pleased to announce that we are looking to appoint an independent non-executive director to the Board of Skateboard England.
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Olympic skateboarding funding still to be be confirmed
Skateboarding, along with the other new Olympic Sports, will have to wait another year to find out how much funding may be available from UK Sport.
The qualification process, format and other rules for Skateboarding in Tokyo 2020 will be confirmed by the International Skateboarding Federation in 2017. After this confirmation we will have a better idea of medal potential.
We will be meeting with UK Sport early in 2017 to develop our strategy and so that both parties can familiarise themselves with each other and create a good working relationship so that we will be in a strong position to send some British skaters to Tokyo.
We are very excited that we have this opportunity to take part in the Olympic Games and are encouraged that UK Sport are supportive of this inclusion and we look forward to working with them in the future.
As part of our strategic plan and in line with Sport England governance practises for national governing bodies of sport, we are pleased to announce that we are looking to appoint two independent non-executive directors to the Board of Skateboard England.
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Skateboard England Level 1 In Coaching Skateboard Sessions
We are very pleased to announce following a lot of hard work with 1st4Sport and a partnership with Sk8 Safe, the launch of the first ever nationally accredited skateboard coaching course.
The Level 1 Coaching Skateboard Sessions course will be launched in January 2016 with course delivery by Sk8 Safe from early March 2016.
The qualification is designed to provide a benefit to skaters on the basis that it prepares them for employment as a Session Coach in skateboarding. Following the course you will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate individual skateboarding sessions in order to increase participation within the sport. In attending the qualification, learners are introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and evaluating coaching sessions in skateboarding in a safe environment, whether that’s in skateparks, schools or the community.
Further information and details of how to book on the course will be available shortly.
Skateboard England has been created at an exciting time for Skateboarding.
The directors of Skateboard England are delighted to announce that following two years of hard work, the governing body for skateboarding in England was formed on Friday 18th September 2015 with its first AGM and Board Meeting.
This represents a huge step forward for the sport as it looks to help increase participation and support the creation of better facilities in this exciting time.
The aims of Skateboard England are to manage, support, develop and promote skateboarding in England, increase participation, develop a coaching and judging pathway, create and support a sustainable and robust competition structure at all levels in conjunction with existing competitions and stimulate international interest in English skateboarding through the development of world-class facilities and skaters.
Lucy Adams, chair of Skateboard England said "we are very excited about setting up the governing body and the potential we have to grow the sport as we look to the future."
Skateboard England has been recognised by the World Skateboarding Federation as the national governing body of skateboarding in England and is working towards official recognition by Sport England.
Tim McFerran of the World Skateboarding Federation said "The World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding is proud to have Skateboard England as a part of WSF. Skateboard England is a natural choice to look after and develop the sport as well as prepare England for a future Olympics and they will receive our full support."
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James Hope-Gill, CEO of Skateboard England
Formed in September 2015, Skateboard England is a not-for-profit organisation that is taking experience from the past and inspiration from the present to enhance and support the future of Skateboarding in England.
Skateboard England is a democratic membership organisation working towards recognition by Sport England.
Skateboard England has been recognised by the World Skateboarding Federation (WSF) as the national governing body of skateboarding in England.