Flo Skatepark

Completed: 2021
Location: Nottingham
Region: East Midlands
Other local partners: GAP Tool Hire, Persimmon Homes, Skateboard GB, Sport England, Travis Perkins

About the project

In 2021, Skateboarding Team GB made their debut in Tokyo, the first Olympics to feature skateboarding as a sport in the Games. In August of the same year, we worked on a refurbishment project at Flo Skatepark in Nottingham, identified by VIY in partnership with Skateboard GB, our second project together following a successful refurbishment at LS-Ten Skatepark in Leeds. Both were exciting opportunities to improve the quality and accessibility of skateboarding in the area, as part of their strategy to create skateboarding ‘hubs’ across the UK to inspire new young talent.

We worked together with specialist skatepark builder 414 Skateparks to design and carry out the extensive works to the indoor skatepark, supported by Persimmon Homes, Travis Perkins Nottingham, GAP Tool Hire and Sport England too.

Professional tradespeople from the area, led by VIY’s Lead Mentors, supported 30 young volunteers aged 14-24 (many of whom are not in education, employment or training) to take an active role in the renovation of the park’s indoor ramp area. 

The project has helped them to develop new employability skills and work towards Entry Level 3 City & Guilds accreditations in practical trades such as joinery. 

As part of their learning, we also ran a carpentry workshop for our young people. Generous donations of timber were given by Travis Perkins Nottingham to renovate and ‘ramp up’ the training spaces at the skatepark, whilst also using 25% reclaimed timber from the previous site. Assistant Branch Manager Arron Martin was incredibly supportive and visited the students during their carpentry workshop. 

We worked in partnership with Persimmon Homes on this project, their support including match funding, staff volunteers lending a hand on site, supporting qualifications for young people and offering participants pathways into the trade sector.

Contracts Manager for Persimmon Homes, Zenon Pointon, volunteered as a Mentor on the project and told us: “It was a pleasure to give my time and guidance to the enthusiastic team of volunteers. It was a fulfilling project to be part of and we hope it has inspired more young people pursue a career in construction, in particular joinery.”

Upon completion, young skater Miriam Nelson, 13, a Skateboard GB hopeful, was one of the first to try out the new ramps, and she said: 

“The renovation of Flo and all the hard work that has gone into it is amazing. It was good before but now it’s just even better than ever for all skaters.”

Really pleased we’ve been able to support a number of skateparks with refurbishment with @VIYproject #skateboarding #SkateMoreSkateBetter James Hope-Gill, CEO, Skateboard GB, Twitter
Here’s what 8 weeks of skate park renovations look like, in under a minute. And while we provided the materials and guidance, it was the team from the @viyproject who helped put 30 young volunteers in a position to get this work done, finally reopening the Flo Skatepark in Nottingham and really making a difference to their community. Great job guys. #MakeADifferenceDay Travis Perkins (@travisperkinsco) on Instagram
So proud to be able to help supply this project with materials and create such an amazing skate park. Well done all @VIY. Louis Ferrar, Branch Manager, Travis Perkins Nottingham