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New skatepark aims to be Overriding success

WHEELY SPECIAL ... Adam Stone on his Bmx at Override Skatepark.

WHEELY SPECIAL ... Adam Stone on his Bmx at Override Skatepark.

ADRENALIN junkies are invited to tailwhip, tuck and barspin at the first leisure facility of its kind in South Tyneside.

Dozens of BMX fans are making tracks to the Override Skatepark in Shaftesbury Avenue, Tynepoint Industrial Estate, on the border of Jarrow and South Shields.

Launched by social enterprise group, Cycle Route Ltd, the skatepark allows people of all ages to hone their skills on bikes, scooters and roller blades.

Backed by a £10,000 grant from Sport England, Override is believed to be the first indoor skatepark ever launched in South Tyneside.

Sponsored rider Adam Stone, 22, of Boldon Colliery, who helps with instruction at the £35,000 facility, said: “Tailwhip, tuck and barspin are three of the basic moves with a scooter.

“We are getting people from all over the area, and I help with training in the various moves.”

The skatepark has won the backing of Bede ward councillors Arthur Meeks, Fay Cunningham and Margaret Peacock.

Coun Meeks said: “This is a first-class facility for young people in the area, which keeps them off the streets and also boosts their overall fitness.”

Cycle Route Ltd director George Simpson said: “We have only been open a couple of weeks, but there has been a fantastic response so far.

“We spent months planning the skatepark and looked at others in the UK, especially the Revolution skatepark in Essex.

“This was not just about throwing some bits of wood together, but about getting the whole facility right.

“But we’ve had more young people from the Newcastle area at Override since we opened and basically want to let people across South Tyneside know we are here.

“Teenagers to people in their 30s and 40s are already using the skatepark and about 300 people a week are now visiting Override.”

With staff first-aid trained and a full fire alarm system, the skatepark also meets the highest safety standards.

Override, which is near Bede Metro station, Jarrow, is open Monday to Saturday, between 10am and 10pm, and from 10am until 9pm on Sundays.

Call 420 8156 or visit www.facebook.com/overrideskatepark.

Twitter: @terrykelly16

 

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