Chesterfield folk urged to help with major funding bid for indoor skate park

Young skateboard fans with Kerry.
Young skateboard fans with Kerry.
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Residents in Chesterfield are being urged to back a major funding bid for an indoor skate park in the town.

Rampage Skate Community Interest Company wants to transform the former Zanzibar nightclub in Cavendish Street into a safe place for the town’s young people to skateboard.

The masterplan is now in the running for a cash boost of up to £25,000 from the Aviva Community Interest Fund.

Projects which secure the most online votes could be awarded funding by a judging panel – so the public’s help is needed to clinch the important shot in the arm.

Andrea Revell Booker, of the Rampage Skate Community Interest Company, said: “We have worked really hard to get to this stage and ask that you and all your friends and family take time out to pledge a vote.

“This is very important to us.”

Chesterfield mum Kerry Cunningham-Ravey founded Rampage Skate Community Interest Company.

She came up with the idea of opening the facility in Chesterfield after taking her two children to an outdoor skate park.

Kerry said: “On arrival I was greeted with drinking, smoking, swearing and other unsavoury behaviour.

“This was coming from much older people and I had no option but to remove my children after just seven minutes.”

There are only three indoor skate parks for children and young adults within 20 miles of Chesterfield.

Kerry added: “The Rampage Indoor Skate Park would be a unique and much-needed facility for the youth of Chesterfield and surrounding areas. This is an opportunity to provide a safe, positive and fun environment for young people to play and grow as individuals.”

To cast your vote for the skate park, visit the Aviva Community Interest Fund website