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Hull’s first accredited skateboarding coaches - 15/05/17
Ten skateboarders from Hull have successfully completed a grass roots coaching qualification to become the city’s first accredited skateboarding instructors.

The extensive accredited level 1 coaching course, delivered by Sk8Safe on behalf of Skateboard England, took place over two days on 25 & 26 March at Rockcity in Hull. It covered multiple topics both theoretical and technical ranging from the basic coaching techniques to beginners, skate park etiquette and how to plan a quality interactive sessions.

Now the newly accredited coaches will go on to support Active Skateboarding to deliver sessions ahead of the four Skateboarding Festivals taking place across Hull on 29 July, 5, 12 and 19 August. Regular free lessons take place on a variety of dates and times, at various locations. For more information visit www.hcandl.co.uk/tryit

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure, said: “It is great news that the city now has accredited skateboarding coaches. Many of them have a wealth of experience in skateboarding coaching but this qualification now gives them vital credibility in this popular and growing sport. This reinforces our ambition to become the UK’s skateboarding capital.”

Paul Regan Active Skateboarding Owner, Skateboard England Director, said: "Firstly I'd like to thank Hull City Council and Hull Culture & Leisure for generously accumulating the funds to pay for this course. I was happy to have the chance to give some of Hull’s finest skateboarders the opportunity to come on the Skateboard England coaching course, in turn to hopefully try and give something back to the local community in which they've grown up in themselves.

“It was great to see all the guys getting involved with the course and show the highest levels of enthusiasm towards it, we had an excellent time and all passed the course with flying colours. I've given contracts to all the new guys who have passed to join the Active Skateboarding team; hopefully we can do some positive things for the youth of Hull."

Denham Hill, Sk8 Safe Assessor, said: "It was great to have the opportunity to train such a dedicated group of skaters in Hull. From experienced coaches to first timers, everyone had something unique to contribute, and we're proud to say all 10 skaters passed the course. We had a thoroughly enjoyable two days meeting Paul and his team, and we're excited to see great things happen in Hull around skateboarding. Hull will certainly be flying the flag for the rest of the UK."



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