Manager gets her skates on for new role
A SKATE park now has a new manager with a with a wealth of experience working with young people - although she is the first to admit to not being a whizz on a skate board.
Kay Wardle, who has also worked as park coordinator at the Gasworx skate park in Bridlington, was appointed to the role by Driffield Town Council, and has her sights set on improving the future of the park for the town’s young people.
Previously Kay has managed holiday activities for primary schools and has worked with a skate club in Bridlington for two years.
Kay said: “It’s important for local young people to have somewhere safe and legal to skate and ride. Skateopia is a great facility to get children outside, especially those that are not interested in traditional team sports.
“It provides a place to build flexibility, coordination and stamina. I am looking forward to this new role and working with the dedicated committee and team of staff to build on their success.
“Skateopia is more than just a sports facility - the involvement of the users within the charity encourages young people, and teaches them how to make positive changes within their local community.”
Councillor Paul Rounding, of Driffield Town Council, said: “It is an excellent move and a good way forward for us. We have run it through the committee and volunteers and it is the first time we have appointed a full time member of staff.
“I think we have made a great appointment and it will be good for the town - we are looking to have a good summer and also at doing some fundraising.
“The skate park gives young people somewhere to go and I think she will try and develop it for more people to go on more things like scooters and roller blades.”
An antiques fair to raise funds for Skateopia is planned for Sunday March 17 at Driffield Showground.
A free open day is also planned for Saturday March 30 from 11am until 5pm, for the public to experience what Skateopia has to offer.
The park is open from Monday to Friday 6pm to 9pm and is also open over the weekend. Visit the website www.skateopia.com or call the park on 07732 487237 for further information.
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