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Spectacular skate park skills and ‘have-a-go’ art sessions return to festival

Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 8:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of participants in the junior scooter category of the skate park competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker.

In recent years, the Bradley Stoke Community Festival has seen our town council youth work team and local young people work together to organise an extremely successful two-day package of activities.

Saturday saw the return of our popular street art workshops and the King Ramps skate half-pipe, with ‘have-a-go sessions’ and pro rider demos throughout the day. Strong winds presented an initial challenge setting up, especially building our 8ft x 16ft art wall, however, once up, the wall offered a useful windbreak for our art workshop activities.

The art workshops involved children and young people painting a 4ft x 2ft board with the support of professional artists, youth workers and volunteers, and the queues soon started to build. Due to demand we continued until 6pm and, sadly, still had to turn people away. However, about 70 participants happily returned home clutching their original works of art.

Meanwhile, spectators gathered for regular pro rider demos on the half-pipe with popular ‘have a go’ ride sessions for local young people. In addition, we promoted our usual youth work activities, but the gusty winds prevented our usual displays.

On Sunday, we relocated to the skate park with the skate half-pipe being set up alongside the park to provide important extra capacity. Soon, about 60 competitors, many accompanied by their family and friends, started to arrive and sign up for the competitions. There were more pro rider demos with the park open for use in between the competition runs. A circus skills workshop entertained and engaged not only the younger children, but older teenagers as well. Competitions were organised for all age categories and skate park disciplines (BMX, scooter and skateboard).

We kicked off with the extremely busy junior scooter competition and managed to complete two rounds of runs before the rain descended. At first, we were hopeful that the rain would clear, and we could squeegee the park dry; unfortunately, though, the rain set in and eventually we had to call off the competition. There was disappointment all round, but we are looking to organise another skate competition soon.

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Skate park skills and creative arts return to community festival

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Street art zone at the 2018 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

During this year’s festival weekend, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) youth workers and local young people are repeating and enhancing the successful formula of recent years. The mix of skate park skills and creative arts will include competitions, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions at both the main Community Festival site (on Saturday 8th June) and at the skate park (on Sunday 9th June).

Saturday 8th June

The Jubilee Green side of Saturday’s festival will host, side by side, King Ramps skate park half-pipe and street art sessions, along with information on other BSTC youth work projects.

By popular demand, the street art demos and have-a-go painting sessions return, with artists (The Paintsmiths) working alongside youth workers and young volunteers. In recent years these sessions have proved extremely popular with children and young people, and last year children created about 50 individual pieces of artwork to proudly take home for display. The sessions have also led to community art projects like the large pieces displayed at Bradley Stoke skate park.

The King Ramps half-pipe returns and offers the chance to see some exceptional skate park demonstrations by top BMX, scooter and skateboard pro riders and skaters, as well as regular have-a-go sessions (with some equipment provided), music and an MC.

At the youth work tent, there will be the chance to find out about and discuss other Bradley Stoke youth work projects and developments, as well as signing up for Sunday’s skate park competition.

More: Competition and entertainment at skate park on Sunday »

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Report on the festival youth activities

Posted on Sunday 15th July 2018 at 12:10 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community Festival Skate Jam prize winners in the scooter competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker

On Saturday, Bradley Stoke Town Council youth workers and young volunteers organised the return, to Jubilee Green, of the popular combination of the skate half-pipe (provided by King Ramps) and street art workshops (courtesy of Paintsmiths). The half-pipe accommodated displays by the pro’ riders, coupled with the chance for festival goers to ‘have a go’ on their skate boards, bikes and scooters. Alongside, some amazing art works were created by young festival goers and over 70 boards were completed and proudly taken home for display, as well as young people contributing to a large art wall.

On Sunday, at the skate park, over 250 people attended the annual festival Skate Jam with competitions in scooter, BMX and skateboard categories. The half-pipe was relocated from Jubilee Green, to offer extra capacity, and a circus skills workshop provided an added attraction. As on Saturday, there were several pro’ rider demos spaced throughout the afternoon, including spectacular displays from Jack Clark of the British BMX Freestyle Team (now an Olympic sport).

More: Young people and parents appreciative of the two days »

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Festival skate park and street art events

Posted on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 7:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of three young BMX riders at the 2017 skate park competition.

Local young people and Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) youth workers are again planning and organising two days of exciting activity, competitions, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions at both the main Community Festival site (on Saturday 9th June) and at the skate park, alongside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (on Sunday 10th June).

Saturday 9th June

The Jubilee Green side of Saturday’s festival will be slightly revamped this year with the King Ramps skate park half-pipe and the art sessions side-by-side in a slightly more prominent position.

Photo of youngsters taking part in a 'have a go' street art session.

By popular demand, the street art demos and have-a-go painting sessions are back, with artists (The Paintsmiths) working alongside youth workers and young volunteers. Over the last couple of years these sessions have proved extremely popular with children and young people, and last year children created about 50 individual pieces of artwork to proudly take home for display. The sessions have also led to community art projects like the large pieces displayed at Bradley Stoke skate park.

You will also see the return of the King Ramps half-pipe and the chance to see some exceptional skate park demonstrations by top BMX, scooter and skateboard pro riders and skaters, as well as regular have-a-go sessions (with some equipment provided), music and an MC.

At the youth work tent, there will be the chance to find out about and discuss other Bradley Stoke youth work projects and developments, as well as signing up for Sunday’s skate park competition.

More: Details of Sunday’s Festival Skate Park Competition »

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