Funding boost for Great Yarmouth’s roller skating centre Retroskate

Retroskate Artistic Roller Skating Club based within Retroskate Venue on Marine Parade attended the Minis Espoir and Youth British Championships held at Haywards Heath Leisure Centre. Retroskate Artistic Roller Skating Club based within Retroskate Venue on Marine Parade attended the Minis Espoir and Youth British Championships held at Haywards Heath Leisure Centre.

Liz Coates liz.coates@archant.co.uk
Monday, May 26, 2014
8:10 AM

A roller skating centre has been given a cash injection to help it take its sessions to community groups and schools across Great Yarmouth.

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Retroskate on the resort’s Golden Mile has been awarded a grant of £8,488 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The money will enable the community interest company to deliver an outreach skating programme that aims to introduce around 500 people to the sport.

Director Gaynor Read said: “We have been here five years and never had anything like this. Now we have finally had recognition for the sport and what we do.”

The rink is the only one in the UK that supports an artistic club as well as recreational sessions. It has already produced a crop of local talent including national champions and works with all ages and abilities.

Under the scheme schools, colleges and community groups will be able to access free taster sessions and more formal coaching through the funding, which will also provide skates.

The community groups will include vulnerable adults, GP exercise referrals, young carers, people in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse and young people drawn from pupil referral units.

Margaret Denham, interim president of the Federation of Artistic Roller Skating, said: “I can assure you this is very hard to come by for any sport let alone a minority sport such as roller skating. Their high standards promoting and participating in the sport means they have already several British champions within their ranks. The history of roller skating in Great Yarmouth from the professionals of Jocelyn Taylor and George Thompson who created some wonderful shows at the open air rink on Yarmouth sea front and became world champions, now lives on.”

Does your minority sport need a boost? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

2 comments

  • Here we go again. Be a school bully or a smack . head and get everything thrown at you. Be a decent person and get nothing. This is typical of this town. Perhaps a boycott of this place by the majority of decent people in this town wouldn't go amiss.

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    "V"

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • It really is not that expensive to create a stretch of safe level tarmac on all playing fields and parks so that kids and adults can skate. Fenland speed skaters turn to inline skates on tarmac and roller hockey is popular and just plain laps of a circuit or along a winding path is good exercise for anyone. Next time council think about skateparks for a minority wanting to turn stunts on boards, maybe they should think about a facility for all ages and abilities in the form of outdoor roller surfaces.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, May 26, 2014

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