First-of-its-kind skateboard school aims to boost fitness of Sheffield

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield
Skate tutor Ashley Mercer in action on the jumps
Picture Dean Atkins

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield Skate tutor Ashley Mercer in action on the jumps Picture Dean Atkins

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A new skateboard school aims to transform Sheffield’s relationship with the sport while encouraging people to keep fit.

The city hit the national headlines in 1998 when the city council introduced a bye-law to impose a ‘skate-free zone’ across a mile-long radius of the city centre.

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield
Skater Lewis Eason gets some good air 
Picture Dean Atkins

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield Skater Lewis Eason gets some good air Picture Dean Atkins

But the frosty relationship has since thawed, and the new Skateboard School has been established at The House Skatepark in Neepsend to give people the chance to learn the extreme sport from qualified coaches.

Coach and business development manager Nick Mosley said: “The amazing health benefits of skateboarding have regularly been overlooked and the sport has often been unfairly linked with anti-social behaviour.

“Taught in a safe and controlled environment, skateboarding can provide fitness, physical endurance, stress relief and a full body work out. I’m confident skateboarding will provide a massive boost for the health of the city as it increases in popularity and acceptance.”

The school is the first of its kind to employ teaching staff who are all qualified by the sport’s newly established governing body, Skateboard England. With Sheffield marketing itself as the Outdoor City, the school offers another opportunity for people to get active.

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield
Skate tutor Ashley Mercer in action on the jumps
Picture Dean Atkins

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield Skate tutor Ashley Mercer in action on the jumps Picture Dean Atkins

Mr Mosley said: “The Skateboard School is there to get the youth of today off the sofa and out in the fresh air, motivate them to take up a hobby that is unlike all other sports that are taught in schools.

“Skateboarding is now more accessible than ever and we are here to help people on the correct path.”

To celebrate the launch of the school, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Talib Hussain became the first person to be taught by its coaches.

He said: “I’m very supportive of something that can improve the health and fitness benefits of the city’s young people. Sheffield should be proud of the Skateboard School becoming the first fully qualified organisation of its kind in the UK and it’s great that the sport can now be taught in safe and fun environment.”

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield
Skater James McGuinness gets in some practice
Picture Dean Atkins

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield Skater James McGuinness gets in some practice Picture Dean Atkins

The school, based at Unit D, Bardwell Road, S3 8AS, runs sessions from 5pm to 6pm on Wednesdays, 10am to 11am and 11am to midday on Saturdays, and 10am to 11am on Sundays. Group sessions are £10 and individual lessons are £15 to £25.

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield
A skater lands a jump
Picture Dean Atkins

The House Skatepark at Neepsend Sheffield A skater lands a jump Picture Dean Atkins