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The Friends of Arnot Hill Park have been awarded £9,500 which will go towards organising several skateboarding events culminating in a special fundraiser at the Joshua Dale Skate Park in Colwick in the summer.

The group will use the funding to deliver a series of skateboarding events aimed at young people.

The ‘skate jam 17 tour’ will travel to all skate parks across the borough and will feature professional riders and drop-in sessions.

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The Friends of Arnot Hill Park have commissioned a specialist provider to work with local skate park users to create the diary for the events.

A series of skateboarding events will provide much needed outdoor activities and engagement for older teenagers and young adults as well as an opportunity to showcase their skills and improve their social engagement skills and bring the community together.

The group is chaired by local Councillor David Ellis and they have together worked with the council to shape the application for the funding.

Councillor David Ellis, chair of the Friends of Arnot Hill Park said; “We’re absolutely delighted to have received this funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

“The money will support the teenagers who use our skate parks to get involved in a special summer of programs as well as bringing this community of riders together.

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“We think that the tour will create a real buzz with the users and they will enjoy showcasing their talent at the events and, if this pilot is successful, it could pave the way for more events taking place every year.”

James Harcourt, Big Lottery fund deputy director of Responsive Programmes, said: “It’s great to see so many projects up and down the country bringing a positive change to their communities.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding announced will support people to overcome barriers, learn new skills and improve their lives for the future.”

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