Young people are encouraged to learn from scratch or upskill at the upcoming Skate Jam events

Tai Tapu’s skate jam

by Ann van Engelen

People of all ages are invited to head to Tai Tapu School to show off their moves or experience the art of skateboarding at Tai Tapu’s Skate Jam event on Wednesday, February 19.

“It is a great way to introduce children and young people to skating with free gear hire, prizes, music and coaching from Cheapskates Skate Skool,” says SDC senior events and recreation adviser Dave Tippett.

“Summer Skate Jams are a popular and alternative way to help children get active and enjoy learning some new skills or honing their existing skills.

They are a really fun and relaxed atmosphere that attracts everyone, young and old with a very supportive and encouraging environment, so it’s a cool community activity.

“Everything is free. Attendance is free, as are the tips from the Cheapskates Skate Skool instructors. For people who don’t have their own gear, they can borrow a skateboard or inline skates, helmet and pads for free on the day — so they don’t miss out.

“It is a relaxed environment, which allows participants to have a go, cheer friends and family on and ease their way into skating if they have not tried it before. There is something for all people of abilities. Participants are able to team up with one of the Cheapskates Skate Skool friendly instructors and either get some free tips on the basic skills or a helping hand learning some new tricks.”

The other skate jams this year are Darfield Skate Park, Wednesday, February 26 3.30­–5pm. West Melton Reserve, Wednesday, March 4, 5–7pm, Prebbleton Community Park, Wednesday, March 11, 5–7pm, Lincoln Skate Park, Wednesday, March 18, 3.30–5.30pm, Leeston Skate Park, Wednesday, March 25, 3.30–5.30pm and Rolleston Skate Park, Saturday, March 28 from 1–3pm.