Charity assault course for skate park

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 March 2015

Sgt Mark Raby with Phil Williams, who runs the skateboard festival, and event organisers and sponsors Donna Jordan and Derek Williams.
Photo by JCL Photography.

Sgt Mark Raby with Phil Williams, who runs the skateboard festival, and event organisers and sponsors Donna Jordan and Derek Williams. Photo by JCL Photography.

JCL PHOTOGRAPHY

A DARING assault course is being organised by police and backed by scores of businesses to raise money for Nailsea Skatepark Project.

The Nailsea neighbourhood policing team is behind the Tough As Nailsea event which will be held in Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club on August 16.

Generous nearby businesses have donated a host of items for the course including ropes, nets, a wall, tyres, scaffolding and gym equipment.

All the money raised will go towards a new concrete skate park to replace the current one which is rapidly deteriorating.

Sergeant Mark Raby said: “The town’s skate park has served us well for many years but it now needs to be replaced.

“We in the neighbourhood team recognise it as an important part of community life for our young people.

“I don’t want to go back to the days when children and teenagers had nowhere safe to use their skateboards and BMX bikes.

“We certainly don’t want to see anyone get hurt on our roads or in the shopping centre precinct.”

The officers have teamed up with outdoor fitness company Carpe Diem to arrange a charity assault course in aid of the cause.

There will be a 4km route for adults and a 1km route for children around the rugby club field.

Sgt Raby added: “I want this to be a community event with everyone taking part to raise money for this worthwhile cause.

“This isn’t a race, but a fun event, so even if you can’t take part please come along and support the runners.

“We’re sure that our local young people will get involved, helping to build some of the obstacles and taking part in the event on the day.

“Lots of local people are already on board, and we’d welcome more.

“As well as the rugby club, the event is being supported by local fire and rescue crews and both police and army cadets.

“Local companies Kellaway Builders, Gemini Gym, JH Hire Ltd, Coombe Tyres and Avon Skip Hire are also offering their support.”

Organisers are still appealing for donations of piping which people can crawl through during the course.

Places on the assault course are limited and people are being advised to apply early by emailing toughasnailsnailsea@gmail.com

To get involved, contact Sgt Raby at Nailsea Police Station and to follow the progress of the project visit the Facebook page TANNAilsea


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