THE UK’s top female skateboarder Lucy Adams will be visiting the skate park in Hastings next week.
Lucy has joined forces with Us Girls, a charity aimed at getting young women active by providing sport within their communities.
The pro-skater has signed up to become an Us Girls Champion, a role intended to inspire more young women to enjoy sport.
Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure at Hastings Borough Council, said: “Lucy is a great example of how women can excel in a prominently male arena. Her passion and enthusiasm for skateboarding is contagious and Hastings Us Girls members will get the chance to meet Lucy, ask questions and maybe even learn a few tricks.”
Lucy said: “I’m passionate about my sport and want to do all I can to break down barriers that prevent young women enjoying sport, no matter what the activity. Taking part in something physical like skateboarding is exciting and fun so hopefully I can encourage some girls to give it a go.”
She offers skateboard coaching to young people and adults, has more than 15 years skateboarding experience, and been coaching skateboarding for more than eight years nationally and internationally.
Lucy is also keen to hear the girls’ views about the development of the skate park and what would encourage them to use it more.
If anyone would like to watch some manoeuvres by the UK’s number one skateboarder they should come along to the Skate Park on Tuesday (October 16) at 5.30pm.
Us Girls sessions are delivered in Hastings by the council’s Active Hastings team. A full programme of activities can be found by logging onto www.hastings.gov.uk.
Us Girls is a Sport England funded scheme that aims to get 30,000 young women living in disadvantaged communities more active by boosting opportunities for them to play sport within their communities.
It is being delivered by the Active Women Consortium, a body led by StreetGames. The Us Girls initiative is receiving almost £2.3 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England as part of its Active Women campaign to tackle the gender gap in sport.
For details on the skate park development or Lucy’s visit contact Keith Duly at Hastings Borough Council on 01424 451189.