A new skate-friendly public space in Nottingham

by Skate Nottingham in Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

£3,511

£15,000 target 24 days left
23% 113 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 3rd September 2022 at 1:58pm

A new all-weather space for skateboarding is coming! We need your help to fill it with amazing things to skate and deliver free activities.

by Skate Nottingham in Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

This Crowdfunder will fund skateable features in a new public space alongside 12 months of free activities

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a free-to-use, inclusive all-weather 'skate-friendly' space in central Nottingham. It will be a 50x12m space beneath the tram viaduct, near the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and new Nottingham College campus. We're calling the space 'Tram Line Spot' or 'TLS'. It will comprise of a flat plaza space with a 3-set and skateable perimeter ledge. 

But what goes into this space is up to you!

We are working with Nottingham City Council, skatepark specialists Betongpark and Skateboard GB to design, fund and install 3-4 modular items of skateable street furniture. These could be ramps, ledges, rails, manual pads, or more sculptural installations to wallie, pole-jam, ride-over or grind. They will be built with combinations of steel, wood, brick and concrete, using the most environmentally sustainable, aesthetically pleasing and skateable combinations possible.

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We need to raise £15,000 for at least three installations. Skateboard GB have kindly committed £5,000 towards this. We also need to fund 12-months of free activities at the site, including weekly beginners' lessons, public arts exhibitions, photography workshops and skate jams and comps. 

We will provide loads of opportunities to input your design ideas over the summer, with face-to-face workshops and interactive social media posts, so everyone can help shape what goes into this incredible new space, which will open in the autumn.

Who are we? 

Skate Nottingham CIC are a non-profit dedicated to growing the benefits of our amazing skateboarding community. Since forming in 2017, we've engaged more than 3,000 people with free skateboarding lessons, largescale events, skate photography courses and exhibitions, skatepark design and building workshops, and multi-venue festivals of skate culture. We've been instrumental in getting three new outdoor public skateparks built in and around Nottingham, with several more in the pipeline.

Tram Line Spot is the biggest project we've ever taken on. We can't do it alone.

We need your help to ensure the best skateable features get built at TLS. We also need your help to deliver free activities, including weekly beginners' sessions led by trained coaches and a public arts programme with an outdoor exhibition space and graffiti wall. 

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Community impact

TLS couldn't have come at a better time for our city. Nottingham has the lowest household income in the UK, as well as lower rates of physical activity and higher childhood obesity than elsewhere, which together contribute to a lower than average life expectancy. Despite being a young city with two large universities, fewer local young people go onto Higher Education and Nottingham has one of the lowest rates of graduate retention. 

We're proud of our work to get local young people active, making them feel part of the skate community from the first time they step on a skateboard, and connecting them to inspirational figures in the creative and built environment trades and professions.

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Almost half of our current weekly skate session participants are girls, 60% identify as being Black, Asian or from another Minority Ethnic group and 47% live in neighbourhoods that are significantly disadvantaged.

Our #inspiredbyskatespots project enabled 110 young people to help design the new skatepark at Rushcliffe Country Park with Canvas and a small 'legal DIY' skatepark at Beeston Fields with Betongpark. We work with volunteers to renovate run-down public amenities, such as 'Skate & Give Back' in summer 2020, where young people and their parents 'earned' free skateboarding lessons by litter-picking and repairing and re-painting a community pavilion. 

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This summer, we will be the only organisation in the UK to be piloting Edu-Skate, which helps young people develop essential life-skills during skate lessons, including creativity, perseverance and teamwork. We'll deliver this amazing programme, created by international charity Concrete Jungle Foundation, for free to the young people who come to the beginners' sessions at the new Tram Line Spot, alongside one-to-one and small group lessons that you can access as rewards for donations to our Crowdfunder.

Why are we crowdfunding?

The communities we work with have been hit hard by Covid-19, as have members of our own team. Challenging employment situations and rising living costs have resulted in the loss of volunteers whilst a number of local funding sources have been discontinued. At the same time, the costs linked to delivering our activities have increased - particularly with the loss of free, secure spaces to store our ramps, boards and helmets in Nottingham. At the same time demand for skateboarding has risen hugely! In the 12 months from spring 2020 alone, we worked with more than 1,000 young people.  More than 300 people came to our event at Nottingham Castle last summer and the new skateparks we helped design, Lady Bay and Ruddington, are frequently filled beyond capacity. 

Although Nottingham City Council are kindly funding the 'blank canvas' for the new space (the plaza area, steps and perimeter ledge), there is no local finance available for the skateable features within the space.  So, as a community, we need to step up to this challenge.  

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Rewards

In return for your support for this campaign, you'll have a load of rewards to choose from! Boards, shoes, T-shirts, private coaching sessions, and limited edition photo prints are just a few things we're giving away to make the new Tram Line Spot a success.

Only one reward can be chosen at a time, but if you want to cop several of our available goodies, simply donate again!

  • Limited edition photo prints by Tom Quigley

1 - Jack Allison's kickflip at Sneinton Market - 2021

2 - Elliot Maynard's noseblunt slide in The Meadows - 2020

3 - Theo Fearon's 5-0 grind on Station Street - 2021

4 - Andrew Holt's backside 180 at the old DIY - 2015

5 - The Sneinton Market jam crew - 2022

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  • Biggie 30 paint pen from Montana Nottingham
  • Honest Skateboards deck (we will contact you for your choice of deck - preference will be first come, first served)

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  • Scott Underdown 10x12" C-Type photo print by Wig Worland

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  • 6 months free entry to The Crypt, Rollersnakes
  • One-to-one Skate Nottingham skateboard coaching sessions

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Check back for more exclusive & limited items dropping throughout this 6-week Crowdfunder, including some very special ones that link back to TLS's historic location - just steps away from where the legendary Broadmarsh Banks stood for decades.

How we’ll spend the money raised

We estimate that the total cost of the project will be £35,000, including the 3-4 items of skateable street furniture and 12-month programme of activities.

Skateboard GB have kindly pledged £5,000 towards the installations whilst The National Lottery Community Fund have kindly awarded us a £10,000 Awards for All grant towards the activity programme.

We therefore need to raise a further £20,000. We are setting an initial target of £15,000 for this Crowdfunder (with a stretch target of £20,000 if we hit that), and are applying for a range of other grants at the same time. If we exceed our target, we will invest any extra resources into more free activities alongside a renewed campaign to 'fill in' the middle of the unfinished skatepark at King Edward Park.

How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a donation. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!  The faster we raise money towards our target, the more likely we are to secure match-funding from organisations like Sport England, which will really help us hit our target.

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get. Times are hard at the moment, so we understand that not everyone will be able to make a donation, but if you share our project as widely as you can, you'll still be helping massively.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out on social media during the campaign and in our press releases to local and national news platforms once our Crowdfunder has finished.

4. Create a fundraiser of your own. Use the button on our page to get started. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£60 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Scott Underdown 10x12" C-Type print by Wig Worland

A classic 90s photo of Nottingham/Forty Two legend Scott Underdown at the old Broadmarsh bus station. Shot by Wig Worland, the Sidewalk Magazine legend who is often credited as the founding father of modern UK skate photography. Print signed by Wig!

£15 or more

6 of 10 claimed

Limited edition A3 photo print by Tom Quigley - #1

#1 - Jack Allison's kickflip at Sneinton Market - 2021. One of a few moments from the past decade of Nottingham skateboarding, captured by Tom Quigley, that is being released for the first time as a limited run of prints. Available in a limited edition of 10, at A3 size on quality 250gsm stock, signed & numbered.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Limited edition A3 photo print by Tom Quigley - #2

#2 - Elliot Maynard's noseblunt slide in The Meadows - 2020. One of a few moments from the past decade of Nottingham skateboarding, captured by Tom Quigley, that is being released for the first time as a limited run of prints. Available in a limited edition of 10, at A3 size on quality 250gsm stock, signed & numbered.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Limited edition A3 photo print by Tom Quigley - #3

#3 - Theo Fearon's 5-0 grind on Station Street - 2021. One of a few moments from the past decade of Nottingham skateboarding, captured by Tom Quigley, that is being released for the first time as a limited run of prints. Available in a limited edition of 10, at A3 size on quality 250gsm stock, signed & numbered.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Limited edition A3 photo print by Tom Quigley - #4

#4 - Andrew Holt's backside 180 at the old DIY - 2015. One of a few moments from the past decade of Nottingham skateboarding, captured by Tom Quigley, that is being released for the first time as a limited run of prints. Available in a limited edition of 10, at A3 size on quality 250gsm stock, signed & numbered.

£15 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Limited edition A3 photo print by Tom Quigley - #5

#5 - The Sneinton Market jam crew - 2022. One of a few moments from the past decade of Nottingham skateboarding, captured by Tom Quigley, that is being released for the first time as a limited run of prints. Available in a limited edition of 10, at A3 size on quality 250gsm stock, signed & numbered.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Tech Deck Fingerboard Skatepark Set

Although Tram Line Spot will be all weather, maybe you'll want to spend a little time resting your legs and practicing your finger boarding skills? Well Rollersnakes have got your back, kindly offering an official Tech Deck fingerboard skatepark set, usual RRP £25-£30. Select this reward and we'll work with the team at Rollersnakes to get it into your hands/fingers!

£30 or more

5 of 8 claimed

Small Group Skateboarding Sessions

This reward is for x2 one hour small group (no more than 4 participants) skate coaching sessions at the new space by Skate Nottingham coaches (the default free delivery at TLS will be large group sessions of 15-25 participants). Participants should be aged 7 or older (there is no upper age limit). All coaches are Skateboard GB qualified and have Enhanced DBS plus Child Safeguarding and first aid training, with choices of male or female coaches.

£40 or more

0 of 1 claimed

6 months Free Entry to The Crypt, Rollersnakes

Rollersnakes recently re-vamped the indoor space in their smaller warehouse. The Crypt skatepark is perfectly formed, with moveable ledges, great for learning and when it's raining. For a £40 donation, this reward gets you a whole 6 months free entry to The Crypt. Show the confirmation email you get from Crowdfunder UK when you contact Rollersnakes' Derby store: Unit 7, Parker Centre, Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4SZ.

£45 or more

1 of 4 claimed

One-to-One Skateboard Coaching Sessions

This reward will enable you to book x2 one hour one-to-one skate coaching sessions at the new space with a Skate Nottingham coach (the default free delivery at TLS will be large group sessions of 16-25 learners). Participants should be aged 7 or older (there is no upper age limit). All coaches are Skateboard GB qualified and have Enhanced DBS plus Child Safeguarding and first aid training, with choices of male or female coaches.

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

One-to-one zine design/publishing session

Get yourself a private 2hr zine publishing workshop with Tom Quigley, an experienced photographer, designer & publisher of zines. For those who want to put their photography/art into print, but aren't sure how - get a crash course in basic design principles, photo sequencing, and how to create a print-ready publication. For those with some experience already, get another pair of eyes on your work for constructive feedback or problem-solving!

£45 or more

3 of 8 claimed

Honest Skateboards deck from Supereight

Select this reward to get your hands on one of a limited number of decks from Nottingham's own Honest Skateboards, a skater-owned hardwear & streetwear brand, kindly donated by the crew at Supereight.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Heart Supply Complete pre-built skateboard

If you're just starting skateboarding, or someone in your family wants to, a complete skateboard is perfect. Rollersnakes have kindly offered a Heart Supply pre-built skateboard. Started by the team behind Element, Heart Supply offers pro-standard skate components at an affordable price to get you started on your skateboarding journey - avoiding shoddy kit from toy stores sports chains. This is also a great deal with normal RRP at £80.

£5 or more

8 of 8 claimed

Coffee at Blend, Sneinton Market

Our friends at Blend Coffee Shop and Stewarts of Trent Bridge Coffee Roasters, Unit 30, Sneinton Market, have kindly offered a free coffee if you select this reward. Pop into their Sneinton Market cafe, show your confirmation email and then watch the skateboarding out of the window! We're stoked to work with Blend who employ several local skaters and make amazing coffee, cakes and toasties, including loads of veggie, vegan and gluten free options

£8 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Coffee and Homemade Cake Deal at Blend, Sneinton

Our friends at Blend Coffee Shop and Stewarts of Trent Bridge, Unit 30, Sneinton Market, have kindly offered a free coffee and homemade cake if you select this reward. Pop into their Sneinton Market cafe, show your confirmation email and watch the skateboarding out of the window! We're stoked to work with Blend who employ several local skaters and make amazing coffee, cakes and toasties - including loads of veggie, vegan and gluten free options.

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Sneinton Market '10 Years Strong' Zine

A copy of our recent zine that celebrates the first 10 years of skateboarding & community at Nottingham’s hub spot, Sneinton Market. A mix of photography & art from a bunch of our talented mates, including Tom Quigley, Chris Johnson, Jarrad Thomas, Alice Ashley, Andy Horsley & loads more!

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Biggie 30 Paint Pen and Sticker from Montana Shop

Notts graff legends Montana Shop Nottingham are offering a Biggie 30 waterproof paint pen (green or blue) plus stickers to people who select this reward. Pop into their Sneinton Market shop and show your confirmation email. We're stoked to work with Montana to help a new generation of artists to create and share their work at TLS, which will have a large, semi-permanent hoarding - part of which will be a free graffiti wall.

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

'Skateboarding in the City' T-shirt (Size: Medium)

Limited numbers of 'Skateboarding in the City' festival T-shirts, high quality cotton, White, with large 'skater and filmer' back-print designed by Nottingham skater/artist Scarce and the Skate Nottingham logo on the chest. This size is UK Medium (US small), which is a good fit for teenagers and for women if you like your T-shirt more fitted. Screen printed by the brilliant Dizzy Ink using environmentally friendly inks.

£15 or more

3 of 3 claimed

'Skateboarding in the City' T-shirt (Size: Small)

Limited numbers of 'Skateboarding in the City' festival T-shirts, high quality cotton, White, with large 'skater and filmer' back-print designed by Nottingham skater/artist Scarce and the Skate Nottingham logo on the chest. This size is UK Small (US extra small), which is a good fit for children aged 12 and under. Screen printed by the brilliant Dizzy Ink using environmentally friendly inks.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Rollersnakes Voucher

Our friends at Rollersnakes, the UK's longest-running action sports mailorder/online retailer, based in Derby, have kindly pledged loads of different rewards, which we'll be publishing throughout our 6-week campaign. This one, for a donation of £20, is for a voucher that will get you £20 off any order from www.rollersnakes.co.uk or from their Derby store, Unit 7, Parker Centre, Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4SZ.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

One-to-one coaching at The Tracks, Rollersnakes

Our friends at Rollersnakes recently opened an amazing skate-space at the back of their Derby store: 'The Tracks' - a low-key paradise of lumps, bumps, curbs and movable obstacles. For a £20 donation, this reward gets you 1-hour of one-to-one coaching at The Tracks from a member of the Rollersnakes coaching team. Contact their Derby store to arrange: Unit 7, Parker Centre, Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4SZ, Telephone: 01332 22 2244

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

DC Shoes Williams Slim, Navy, Size UK 8

Rollersnakes have kindly offered a sample pair of the DC Williams (slim) skate trainers in Navy (UK sized 8) from their huge range for donations at this level. Select this reward and we'll work with the team at Rollersnakes to get them into your hands!

£45 or more

2 of 2 claimed

One-to-one skate photography tutorial

Get a 2hr crash course in how to capture skateboarding with Tom Quigley, an experienced skate photographer based in Nottingham. Whether you've some photography experience or are a complete beginner, get some valuable tips in how to approach skate photography - from basics such as composition, timing, and exposure, to working with off-camera flash and thinking about submitting work to magazines. Bring your digital camera if you have one!

£55 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Deck of your choice from Forty Two Shop

Notts legends Forty Two Shop invite you to pop by their city centre store with a copy of your email confirmation for this reward from Crowdfunder UK and you can select a deck of your choice (any up to the value of £65) from their always-well-stocked board wall. Thanks massively to Rob and the crew for this. Support your local skater-owned-shop!

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Jagger Eaton Heart Supply Board

Rollersnakes have kindly donated a Heart Supply deck signed by US Olympic medal-winning pro-skater Jagger Eaton. Select this reward and we'll work with the team at Rollersnakes to get this into your hands!

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