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Hull aims to become major skateboarding destination - 25/11/16
Hull is setting its sights on becoming a skateboarding friendly city and Hull City Council will officially launch the project next week.

It is hoped that following the significant investment by the Council recently into the 10 new skateboarding facilities in the city's parks, a wider skateboarding legacy can be created and raise the profile of the city as a major national centre for skateboarding. Rockcity, which has built a reputation as a centre of excellence for skateboarding culture in Hull, is supporting the Council in working towards this.

At the heart of the initiative, is a welcoming attitude to skateboarding in the city. There will also be a focus on identifying, developing and designating areas and times within the city which can be used for skateboarding. The positive approach will include considering skateboarding as part of future planning for new projects for public buildings and public spaces, incorporating skateboarding friendly design features and materials.

The skateboarding friendly city plan supports the delivery of Hull's new 10 year Cultural Strategy (2016 -26), which has as a priority the building of arts and cultural audiences particularly with young people and highlighting the increase in participation through linking sport with arts and culture.

Additionally, the sport is projected to grow dramatically, receiving a major boost in interest and participation as skateboarding becomes a recognised Olympic sport in Tokyo 2020.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder of Culture and Leisure, said: ""It's important that we create a wider legacy following UK City of Culture and sports are a big part of the wider cultural offering. As a city we support the mainstream sports well, but we also need to ensure we support the more diverse sports such as skateboarding.

""With the support from Rockcity, we will work towards our aspirations of becoming a major skateboarding destination in 2017, along with supporting the delivery of a pop-up skateboarding event in 2017.""

Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader and St. Andrew's ward councillor, said: ""Rockcity, which is in my ward, is a hugely popular and experienced all-weather centre and their expertise with our skateboarding friendly city bid is hugely welcome.

""With the support or Rockcity we will work with partners across all sectors to enhance the profile of skateboarding at a national and international level. We will also develop, amongst other things, a Code of Conduct that promotes Best Practice for skateboarders.""

Although Hull already has more skate parks than any other city in the UK, further opportunities will be sought to expand and develop the skate park offer for new and existing facilities.

Rockcity's Mark English said: ""We are very excited to be involved in this. It is a great opportunity for our city and for skateboarders in the UK.""

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