A SCHOOL project by children at a city primary has kickstarted a campaign to create a skate park.
Pupils in Year 6 at Woodthorpe Primary School had been learning about extreme sports, researching topics, creating graffiti artwork and visiting The Foundry Climbing Centre. As part of their work the children researched the benefits of skate parks for young people and the wider community, and identified a plot of land on the edge of Woodthorpe estate where the structure could stand.
In their English lessons, they penned persuasive letters to convince organisations and community groups of the need for the new addition.
Their campaign gathered momentum for real after Woodthorpe Tenants’ and Residents’ Association visited the school to hear the youngsters’ thoughts.
Members were so impressed they have agreed to lobby for the facility on the children’s behalf.
Teacher Frank Reardon said: “It started with a tiny idea and has grown and grown.
“The pupils did all the leg work. They presented reasons for having a skate park - they found evidence it reduces anti-social behaviour, said the health and fitness aspect could help with childhood obesity, and that it would take kids off the streets to somewhere safe away from roads.
“We’re going to carry on with the campaign right up until they leave in July. Who knows - we might even have a skate park by the end of it.”
David Winn, secretary of Woodthorpe TARA, said: “They put a lot of time and work into it. It’s a good idea and they’ve even thought of a place where it could go. It would take a lot of money to do it but we want to help.
“It was nice to see kids getting so excited. It would be great if they could get this skate park, leaving a legacy for other younger ones.”