Truck ramps up the fun for kids
Youngsters flock to skate and scooter contestJAMES GREENLAND
Skaters and scooter-ers took advantage of an empty car park at Broadgreen Intermediate School to test a set of flash new ramps.
"The Truck" mobile holiday programme rolled into Stoke this week to host a mini skate and scooter competition for the region's 11 to 18-year-olds, who were enjoying the final week of their school holiday.
Recreation manager with The Truck, Matt Shipman, said the kids loved the new skate and scooter ramps, which were being trialled by the holiday programme.
"There has been talk about building a skatepark in Stoke for years. Our idea was to bring the skatepark to Stoke," Mr Shipman said.
The makeshift skatepark proved such a hit that organisers were inspired to seek funding to buy a selection of ramps which they could wheel out at other youth events.
Although the ramps were great for skaters, youngsters were in the midst of a scooter-craze right now, Mr Shipman said.
Speaking from the Neale Park skatepark yesterday, he said there were about 30 kids pushing scooters and only four riding skateboards.
"Scooters have just taken off," he said.
Holidays are winding down, with only this weekend left, but weather-permitting there would be one last great event for young people to get involved with, Mr Shipman said.
If the sun plays along there will be a mountain bike event held in the Brook Valley between 12pm and 5pm tomorrow, where kids could ride a trail and learn some new bike maintenance skills.
"Just look for The Truck," Mr Shipman said.
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