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What is it?

Skateboarding isn’t a sport it’s a way of life. It was originally invented so that surfers could surf on land. Skateboarding involves riding and sometimes performing tricks on a skateboard. It is a relatively modern sport, the Ollie half pipe move wasn’t developed until the 1970s.

Skateboarding can be lots of different things.  It is a lifestyle, an art, a form of transportation and an expression of ideas and passion through tricks and style. Skateboarding can be practised anywhere from an indoor or outdoor skate park to the street.

Why is it good for me?

  • Skateboarding offers a full body workout
  • It improves your coordination
  • Skateboarding teaches precision and balance

It is for me?

Are you looking for a social sport and camaraderie? Skateboarding might just be the perfect choice for you. It is a great way to meet new people and try something different.

You can try skateboarding in a skate park with tuition and guidance from an instructor or you can try it out in a skate park with a skater friend. It is an affordable sport to try and most places hire out skateboards and equipment so you don’t have to buy a board straight away.

It is also the ideal crossover for other board sports such as surfing and snowboarding as the same disciplines including balance and precision are needed.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending on where you want to skate. There are a range of free outdoor skate parks that you can use for no cost. Or if you want tuition or to use an indoor skate park it is usually around £11 for a couple of hours and £20 for a one to one coaching session. Some indoor skate parks offer skateboards and equipment for hire at an additional cost to the session price such as The Works skate park.

What equipment do I need?

  • A skateboard
  • Helmet
  • Elbow and knee pads
  • Suitable footwear - supportive trainers
  • Suitable loose fitting clothing that you can move around in

Become an ambassador

We want you to help us persuade more women and girls to get active, whatever their age, size, background or ability.

What is an Ambassador?
A Leeds Girls Can Ambassador: Goes through an appropriate recruitment process and signs up to Leeds City Council and Sport England’s policies and procedures. The main aim of an Ambassador is to get more women and girls in Leeds physically active. Ambassadors are required to attend monthly meetings which are vital for receiving guidance and insight around This Girl Can, this helps support their role. An Ambassador is not paid for their time, they are not required to lead a group and the roles can vary.

For further information on becoming an ambassador or any of our other roles contact Dani Penney

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Get Involved

Do you have an event, club or sport you would like to see here? Please get in touch.

Leeds Girls Can, here:

  • Skateboarding (Beginners; Coached)
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    The Works Skatepark, Kitson Road
    Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1NT United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 4:00 pm
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Scooter (Beginners; Coached)
    4:00 pm
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    The Works Skatepark, Kitson Road
    Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1NT United Kingdom
    Starts: October 25 @ 4:00 pm
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • BMX (Beginners; Coached)
    4:00 pm
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    The Works Skatepark, Kitson Road
    Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1NT United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 4:00 pm
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • The Works Skatepark
    The Works Skatepark, Kitson Road
    Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1NT United Kingdom
  • Hyde Park Skate Park
    Hyde Park, Woodhouse Moor
    Leeds, LS6 2AS United Kingdom