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Assessing the Impact of Skateboarding!


Skateboarding occupies a substantial niche within the broader sporting landscape. Data shows that over 50,000 people in England regularly participate. It is also recognised that Skateboarding exerts an even larger cultural influence through fashion, media and video games. At Toyko 2020 it will debut as an Olympic Sport.

Against this backdrop Goodlabs is excited to have been appointed to undertake an Impact Assessment on behalf of one of Britain’s most iconic Skateboarding facilities, a social enterprise located in Manchester. Over more than a decade Projekts MCR aka ‘The Pumpcage’ has grown a large and diverse community of enthusiasts who together make around 20,000 visits per year. All are welcome, young and old, male and female, beginners and advanced.

Starting with the obvious health impacts of regular physical exercise our Impact Assessment will also consider the impact upon the mental and emotional wellbeing of participants, the benefits of belonging to a supportive community, the impacts of the associated school-outreach programme, and the economic benefits to Manchester of the thousands of visitors who flock to the park from far and wide.

The Impact Assessment work forms part of a £320,000 investment plan to upgrade and extend the facility, securing its future for at least another 10 years.

The Sport Relief video below narrated by Tom Daley explains just a little of what makes Projekts so special...