Teens get their skates on at upgraded Sheffield park

Daredevil youngsters showed off their skating and biking skills as they celebrated the refurbishment of an indoor park.

Professional scooter teams joined in with the event at Onboard Skate Park, in Abbeydale, Sheffield, where they passed on their top tips and taught tricks.

Onboard Skate Park open day at Litte London Road

Onboard Skate Park open day at Litte London Road

The celebration day took place on Friday and ran for six hours, with about 100 people attending.

BMXers and skaters also turned up to show off their skills.

Professional street artists were there on the day to teach local youngsters how to graffiti on canvas.

The event followed the redesign of the park carried out by volunteers including Mick Cooper, husband of the site’s co-founder Amy Cooper.

Amy who is also the park manager, said the event was a chance to show young people and their parents what facilities are available at the site.

The park attracts people from as young as three up to adult age, but its main users are aged between 14 and 20.

Amy said that the open day also acted as a chance to engage with potential new users of the facility.

The park will be offering new ‘enrichment programmes’ for teens who are not in education, employment or training from September.

It will be used to run tailored six-week programmes for youngsters who will take part in a host of sport and art activities.

Amy said the celebration day, which was supported by South Yorkshire Police and charity Sheffield Futures, had been a success.

“In terms of engagement, it was fantastic. It involved working with some children with autism and Asperger’s and it was great to see them engage and socialise with small groups,” she said.

She thanked officials from Sheffield Futures who helped out at the event.