Pitt St - An Undercover Skatepark Project

by Jacob Skinner in Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

£15,622

£30,000 target 2 days left
52% 377 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th December 2021 at 6:00pm

The Undercover Skatepark Project presents Pitt St. A community project aimed at bringing an indoor wheeled sports facility to Portsmouth.

by Jacob Skinner in Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Building a skatepark was a childhood dream of mine.  Never did I (Jacob Skinner) expect it to come true but with hard work and dedication from me, my partner and those around us here we are… a lease for the empty supermarket in Portsmouth City Centre.

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Photo Credit: @iampixpac 

The Undercover Skatepark Project proudly presents Pitt St.  We are a community-based not for profit project that has been working hard to build a state-of-the-art wheeled sports and leisure facility that can be used all year round, rain or shine.  We are looking for £30k from our Crowdfunder campaign to put towards our target of £135k to build the skatepark.  We chose the name as the area has previously been the home of Pitt St Gymnastics centre and in 1910 the Royal Navy built it as Pitt St Baths and Gymnasium when the armed services were worried about the physical health of the new recruits.  We thought it would be a nice touch to keep the name and remember the activity centres that have been there previously.

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Our area on the UK’s South Coast is in need of an undercover/indoor skatepark.  The British weather does no favours for those wanting to shred it on a set of wheels!  Our location is in an area that is one of the 10% most disadvantaged areas in the UK. This building is perfect for what we are trying to achieve as a large amount of the infrastructure is ready to go and the floor is a dream. This is set to be more than just a skatepark; It is to be a creative community hub.  Phase one will incorporate a café, skate shop, roller rink, ramp room and leisure space.  Phase two which will come to fruition later in 2022 will incorporate creative workshops, gallery space, community activity room, a gym and recording studio.

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I have skated for over 18 years meeting many people in the industry along the way.  I have now been coaching as part of the skate academy for 3 years and look forward to its expansion.  I have had quite a journey so far and at every point my skateboard has been there with me. I met Jenna over 4 years ago where she told me to scrap my normal job (which I hated) and follow my dreams!  Jenna ran her own community volunteer project for a number of years and has built a solid relationship with various groups and individuals around the city over the past 10 years.  I feel with our combined experience we can collectively make this project a huge success.  I’ve worked with Jenna, Portsmouth City Council and a number of local businesses for 4 years to get us here.  We have run many smaller events to raise awareness and funds for the skatepark.  Several gigs have been held, raffles, Shred the Red and The Skate Escape (which was a 54-mile skate from Brighton to Southsea) to name a few.  The community have really pulled together.

When we first began this project, it was to build a skatepark under Rudmore roundabout fly over (M275).  To start the process, we put out a petition to the people of Portsmouth, it was well received. This alone proved to us and our council there is a massive want and need for this in our community. The petition was started in November 2017.   Various sites have been earmarked then withdrawn before getting to our current venue.

Our Plan:

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Phase one to be open in Spring 2022.  Portsmouth’s first indoor skatepark will have something for everyone weather you are grass roots or an elite athlete in all genres of wheeled sports. That’s not where it ends though, one third of the building is being left open which will be used for roller discos but will also double up as a shared space for other activities, making this a “skate of the art” wheeled sport facility of the future!

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Portsmouth has a huge skate community with many enjoying skateboarding, inline, roller boots, scooters and BMX.  We will be fully inclusive to all and will encourage patience, perseverance, courtesies, sportsmanship and we are a great place to build friendships.

We will support community members and inspire them to achieve more through workshops, tutorials, coaching, specific events and more.  

Covid-19 has hit all all hard and for many of us isolation has plaid a part. We hope our facility will enable community connection, reuniting people and create new relationships.  Our space will enhance the wellbeing for those using it and create a new opportunity to get active together. We welcome people returning to sport post pandemic restrictions and will support you through the tricky navigation of finding our new norm and comfort levels.

Portsmouth Skate Academy is already up and running and has a team of qualified skate coaches.  This will move into our new space and expand into other genres creating a long-term base to come and learn new skills.

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Creating a safer community is vital to us.  We will work with external professionals to enable us to be more aware and reinforce values.  Our project will create opportunities for employment, education and training as well as an opportunity for people to express themselves and improve their self esteem; becoming part of a unique support network.  

We have raised over £10k to date with expenses on legal fees, infrastructure set up costs, equipment, training/qualifications, materials and volunteer expenses.  We still have £7.5k banked ready to continue this project.

We hope you can see the positive impact that our project will have on our city and the wider area and hope you can contribute.  There are many rewards to be had but if you can’t offer support financially, please don’t worry; tell your friends, share our story on social media and help spread the word to those who can contribute.  It all helps.   Thank you.

Jacob Skinner

Founder/Director

*If you have a reward pitch we are here to listen.  If we like it, is yours!1636164199_sainsburys_work.jpg

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

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Café Club 20 - 20% Discount for 6 months

Come on down and join us in our café weather you skate or not! You can access our café without paying for the skatepark; just for the good food and fresh coffee. Enjoy 20% off every café purchase for 6 months for just £20

£5 or more

Thank You!

Here is a HUGE thank you for supporting our cause!

£10 or more

Ltd Edition Pin Badge

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition Pin Badge only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder.

£10 or more

71 of 75 claimed

Pitt St. Flexi Ticket

Get a whole day access in advance with this Flexi Ticket. You can redeem it within a year of our opening day

£10 or more

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Coffee Card

Get yourself x10 cups of coffee for just £10. Available once the café opens.

£25 or more

Ltd Edition Beanie with Pin Badge

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition Beanie/Pin Badge only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder.

£30 or more

16 of 20 claimed

1:1 Skatebaord Lesson with Ltd Edition Pin Badge

Enjoy a 1 hour 1:1 lesson with a qualified coach once the skatpark is open. Fulfilment date - This is when we aim to contact you by to book in your session within a year of opening

£40 or more

Ltd Edition T-Shirt with Pin Badge

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition T-Shirt/Pin Badge only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder.

£60 or more

Ltd Edition Sweatshirt with Pin Badge

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition Sweatshirt/Pin Badge only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder.

£65 or more

Ltd Edition Skateboard Deck with Pin Badge

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition Skateboard Deck/Pin Badge only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder.

£100 or more

Ltd Edition Bonus Bundle

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition Sweatshirt/T-shirt/Beanie/Pin Badge bundle. Only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder.

£100 or more

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Pitt St. Bronze Pass

A unique opportunity to gain great value from Pitt St. Skatepark. Gain 10% discounted entry and on all USP/Pitt St merchandise for 6 months with Ltd Edition Pin Badge. (Ts&Cs apply) Fulfilment date will depend on opening schedule. This pass will be validated from Pitt St. launch date.

£150 or more

Ltd Edition Brucy Bonus Bundle

Get your hands on this Ltd Edition Skateboard deck/Sweatshirt/T-shirt/Beanie/Pin Badge only available to those supporting this Crowdfunder. Skateboard size will be subject to availability and could range from 8.0-9.0. Where possible we will contact you prior to the order going in to establish you preferred size.

£200 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Pitt St. Silver Pass

A unique opportunity to gain great value from Pitt St. Skatepark. Gain 20% discounted entry and on all USP/Pitt St merchandise for 6 months with Ltd Edition Pin Badge. (Ts&Cs apply) Fulfilment date will depend on opening schedule. This pass will be validated from Pitt St. launch date.

£300 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Pass52

The Pass52 gives you x1 full day session a week for 52 weeks of the year. Use them as you wish! This gives you an all day session for just £5.76.... BARGAIN Ts&Cs apply - Valid for 12 months from opening.

£450 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Pitt St. Gold Pass

A unique opportunity to gain great value from Pitt St. Skatepark. Gain unlimited weekend access within relevant opening hours for 6 months, 20% discount on all USP/Pitt St merchandise and Ltd Edition Pin Badge. Fulfilment date will depend on opening schedule. This pass will be validated from Pitt St. launch date. (Ts&Cs apply)

£600 or more

2 of 6 claimed

Advertising Space - Option 1

Advertise your business inside our skatepark. 6 months of prime wall space. Banner sized 120cm x 80cm approx. (Ts&Cs apply; business and artwork to be approved prior to confirmation of advertisement space). x5 Ltd edition pin badges.

£700 or more

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Pitt St. VIP Roller Disco

An opportunity for a private 2 hour Roller Disco with DJ for 25 people. Each guest will receive refreshments/soft drinks and a Ltd Edition Pin badge. Fulfilment date - This is when we aim to contact you by to book in your session.

£800 or more

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Pitt St. Platinum Pass

A unique opportunity to gain full value from Pitt St. Skatepark. Gain unlimited access within relevant opening hours for 6 months, 20% discount on all USP/Pitt St merchandise and Ltd Edition Pin Badge. Fulfilment date will depend on opening schedule. This pass will be validated from Pitt St launch date. (Ts&Cs apply)

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Advertising Space - Option 2

Advertise your business inside our skatepark. 6 months of prime wall space. Banner sized 240cm x 160cm approx. (Ts&Cs apply; business and artwork to be approved prior to confirmation of advertisement space). x5 Ltd edition pin badges.

£2,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Pitt St. VIP Lock In

An opportunity to enjoy an exclusive use all day session for 25 people once we open the doors to the public. Each guest will receive a pizza lunch/refreshments/soft drinks and a Ltd Edition Pin badge. Fulfilment date - This is when we aim to contact you by to book in your session.

£5,000 or more

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Pitt St. VIP Pre Launch Lock In

A one off opportunity to enjoy an exclusive use all day session for 25 people before we open the doors to the public. Each guest will receive a pizza lunch/refreshments/soft drinks and a Ltd Edition T-Shirt & Pin badge. Fulfilment date - This is when we aim to contact you by to book in your session.

£5,000 or more

Skatepark/Ramp/Ledge Sponsorship

A rare opportunity to sponsor a part of the skatepark its self. You will get to chat to the team in more detail BEFORE this is confirmed. Contact us if you are interested in this option. Starting rate of £5k.

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