Hoglands Skate Park in Southampton was the setting for Saints Foundation’s first Saints Street Session this week.
More than 40 people from the local area turned out to the open access session, where Saints Foundation joined forces with members of Team Extreme, who were on hand to showcase their skills, and deliver demonstrations and competitions for those participating.
Member of Team Extreme, and professional Scooter rider, Terry Price was just one of those who understands how extreme sports can have a positive effect on the local community.
He said: “We get a lot of kids from all ages turning up to events like this, but the main thing is that it gets them out in the sunshine, gets them active, gets them social, and gets them off the Xbox and PlayStation.
"We always have good kids here that don’t always come from the best of backgrounds, but we always see a good change in their personalities and change in general outlook on life quite often.”
Saints Foundation work in a number of different areas to promote social growth in the local community, and the new Saints Street Sessions, as part of the Saints Kicks and Premier League 4 Sport programmes, will work to engage kids over the course of the summer holidays in free sessions they possibly couldn’t get elsewhere.
Commenting on the positive social effect of the event, Terry added: “The only times you ever get negativity at a skate park is from outsiders and you’d never get it from the BMXers, skateboarders or scooter riders.
"It’s a really good way of building that social growth between kids, riders and the police. Skate parks are a really good hub for that, everyone comes together and we’re all here to do what we love to do.”
The next Saints Street Session will take place at Veracity Skate Park on Tuesday 8th August, from 12-4pm. To find out more, and to learn how you can get involved, please click here. Alternatively, register your interest using the form below...