Vote to help skatepark win cash from community pot

IN NEED OF YOUR VOTES -- the Asylum Skatepark at Huthwaite.
IN NEED OF YOUR VOTES -- the Asylum Skatepark at Huthwaite.

Your votes are needed to give a financial boost to a community skatepark regarded as one of Huthwaite’s prized assets.

The Asylum Skatepark, on Fulwood Road North, was opened by the Plowman family to rave reviews nearly two years ago.

Now it is hoping to win a grant from the Aviva Community Fund to make improvements and reduce the fee for youngsters, which is currently £8 for two hours.

“We have lots of talented kids,” says Jan Plowman, who set up the indoor skatepark with 24-year-old son Jack, a former motocross rider. “They are hooked as soon as they come through the door. They burn off energy and gain a lot of self-esteem and confidence. But many can’t afford to come very often. We need as many votes as possible.

“This is our first stab at outside funding. It would take the pressure off our overheads, which are quite high because the building has to be so big. We could pep the place up a bit too.”

Asylum, which is a charity, caters for skateboards, BMX bikes, mountain-bikes, inline skates and scooters, and is popular with adults as well as youngsters. “There is a really nice atmosphere,” adds Jan.

To vote for the Asylum Skatepark, simply go to the Aviva Community Fund website, register and click on the ‘Vote’ button. You can cast up to ten votes, and the deadline is a week on Saturday (30th May).

If Asylum wins enough votes, it will go through to the final when a panel of judges will decide which projects and community causes up and down the country are most worthy of funding.

Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 are up for grabs in four categories -- health, disability and wellbeing, supporting the younger generation, supporting the older generation and community support.