Skate park wins praise of police commissioner ahead of summer coaching sessions

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAMPED UP:Chrissy Holiday, left, and Ryan Dodds rides the ramps at 4Motion, Darlington's new indoor skate park   PICTURE: Tom Banks RAMPED UP:Chrissy Holiday, left, and Ryan Dodds rides the ramps at 4Motion, Darlington's new indoor skate park PICTURE: Tom Banks

AN indoor skate park that has attracted hundreds of young people since it opened its doors in April has won praise from the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner.

The 4 Motion Skate Park, based on the Faverdale Industrial Estate, registered 2,694 visits in its first two months and is now preparing for its key summer season by offering week-long coaching sessions.

The project, run by 4 Motion, a charity for wheeled sport, won the support of police commissioner Ron Hogg who gave £5,000 towards building work as part of his community funding.

Mr Hogg said: "I was pleased to provide funding towards this initiative last year and have been keen to see the benefits the skate park has brought to the local community.

“Facilities such as this are important for young people, as they have a safe environment to go to outside of school or college, whilst developing their own fitness levels and skills.”

The skate park attracts people from as young as six, with many teenagers and adults using the facility, which is open six days a week.

Nigel Potter, who led the project, said: "It's only been possible with the support of lots of people especially the trustees of 4Motion Darlington and businesses around the town. The feedback about the park has been great.”

The skate park will begin its summer coaching sessions on July 28.

Coaching will take place for BMX, scooters and skateboards in five day blocks between 10am and 11.45am from July 28 to August 3; August 11 to August 17 and August 18 to August 24.

Mountain bike coaching, held at the West Park bike track, will take place from Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 10, between 10am and 11.45am.

Each five day coaching block costs £25 and must be booked in advance.

Details about the skate park and coaching can be found at 4motiondarlington.org/skatepark

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5:03pm Fri 11 Jul 14

NOTODDEN says...

There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre
There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre NOTODDEN
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8:35pm Fri 11 Jul 14

HSC says...

NOTODDEN wrote:
There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre
Illegal to skateboard!!??
[quote][p][bold]NOTODDEN[/bold] wrote: There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre[/p][/quote]Illegal to skateboard!!?? HSC
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9:02pm Sun 13 Jul 14

startrite says...

NOTODDEN wrote:
There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre
Lets just analyse the complete and utter drivel you have thoughtlessly spouted out! Yes there is a group of kids that skate/scoot etc around the town centre still, however if they weren't able to do that, were else would they go. Granted the town has provided a fabulous skate park, but not everyone can afford to do the regular skate sessions they offer. There are many kids in this town who thanks to the freedom that street skating has given them, have kept out of the trouble that many of them would have succumbed to. Skating and scooting has no class division, it allows kids from all walks of life to bond and share a common interest, give them a break for goodness sake.
[quote][p][bold]NOTODDEN[/bold] wrote: There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre[/p][/quote]Lets just analyse the complete and utter drivel you have thoughtlessly spouted out! Yes there is a group of kids that skate/scoot etc around the town centre still, however if they weren't able to do that, were else would they go. Granted the town has provided a fabulous skate park, but not everyone can afford to do the regular skate sessions they offer. There are many kids in this town who thanks to the freedom that street skating has given them, have kept out of the trouble that many of them would have succumbed to. Skating and scooting has no class division, it allows kids from all walks of life to bond and share a common interest, give them a break for goodness sake. startrite
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8:17am Mon 14 Jul 14

NOTODDEN says...

startrite wrote:
NOTODDEN wrote:
There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre
Lets just analyse the complete and utter drivel you have thoughtlessly spouted out! Yes there is a group of kids that skate/scoot etc around the town centre still, however if they weren't able to do that, were else would they go. Granted the town has provided a fabulous skate park, but not everyone can afford to do the regular skate sessions they offer. There are many kids in this town who thanks to the freedom that street skating has given them, have kept out of the trouble that many of them would have succumbed to. Skating and scooting has no class division, it allows kids from all walks of life to bond and share a common interest, give them a break for goodness sake.
Did you bother check the facts before accusing me of drivel. Log on to Darlo police neighbourhood and see for yourself
[quote][p][bold]startrite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NOTODDEN[/bold] wrote: There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre[/p][/quote]Lets just analyse the complete and utter drivel you have thoughtlessly spouted out! Yes there is a group of kids that skate/scoot etc around the town centre still, however if they weren't able to do that, were else would they go. Granted the town has provided a fabulous skate park, but not everyone can afford to do the regular skate sessions they offer. There are many kids in this town who thanks to the freedom that street skating has given them, have kept out of the trouble that many of them would have succumbed to. Skating and scooting has no class division, it allows kids from all walks of life to bond and share a common interest, give them a break for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]Did you bother check the facts before accusing me of drivel. Log on to Darlo police neighbourhood and see for yourself NOTODDEN
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3:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

startrite says...

NOTODDEN wrote:
startrite wrote:
NOTODDEN wrote:
There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre
Lets just analyse the complete and utter drivel you have thoughtlessly spouted out! Yes there is a group of kids that skate/scoot etc around the town centre still, however if they weren't able to do that, were else would they go. Granted the town has provided a fabulous skate park, but not everyone can afford to do the regular skate sessions they offer. There are many kids in this town who thanks to the freedom that street skating has given them, have kept out of the trouble that many of them would have succumbed to. Skating and scooting has no class division, it allows kids from all walks of life to bond and share a common interest, give them a break for goodness sake.
Did you bother check the facts before accusing me of drivel. Log on to Darlo police neighbourhood and see for yourself
oh I'm sorry, next time I will challenge someone who has a brain cell, clearly you have no clue what my response was getting at ! enjoy your day.
[quote][p][bold]NOTODDEN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]startrite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NOTODDEN[/bold] wrote: There's no doubting the success of this facility in Faverdale but the town centre still has groups of skateboarders. Theres a council bye law which makes this illegal. When is it going to be enforced ? It's another facet of behaviour which makes Darlington an unattractive town centre[/p][/quote]Lets just analyse the complete and utter drivel you have thoughtlessly spouted out! Yes there is a group of kids that skate/scoot etc around the town centre still, however if they weren't able to do that, were else would they go. Granted the town has provided a fabulous skate park, but not everyone can afford to do the regular skate sessions they offer. There are many kids in this town who thanks to the freedom that street skating has given them, have kept out of the trouble that many of them would have succumbed to. Skating and scooting has no class division, it allows kids from all walks of life to bond and share a common interest, give them a break for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]Did you bother check the facts before accusing me of drivel. Log on to Darlo police neighbourhood and see for yourself[/p][/quote]oh I'm sorry, next time I will challenge someone who has a brain cell, clearly you have no clue what my response was getting at ! enjoy your day. startrite
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