Skateboard students ramp it up


Students at Ballakermeen High School were able to ‘ramp it up’ during end of term skateboard and scooter coaching sessions.


They learned how to ride and master tricks and then show off their newly acquired skills in friendly competitions.


It was all part of the school’s enrichment week offering - where students can take part in a range of activities outside of the classroom - to mark the final few days of the academic year.


Professional UK skateboarding tutors Team Rubicon were brought across courtesy of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company which covered the cost of travel to and from the Island.


As well as running workshops, the touring skateboard and scooter instructors hosted demonstrations and travelled with spare equipment so all children could get involved.


Ballakermeen High School learning support teacher and skateboarding coordinator Christopher Buttery said: ‘We always encourage our students to try different things, develop new talents and meet new people.


‘It was clear how so many of our young people enjoyed getting involved in a sport they might never have previously considered or had the opportunity to try.


‘We are hugely grateful to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for covering the cost of bringing Team Rubicon to the Island.


‘It was a big success and now skateboarding is an Olympic sport you never know, you might see one of our students competing one day!’


Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added: ‘After working in partnership with Team Rubicon last year and seeing how the pupils benefited, we were only too pleased to cover the cost of travel for the team and the equipment.


‘Looking at the photographs, the students had a fun time learning from professionals and practicing new skills.’

Photographs: Ballakermeen High School students take part in coaching sessions