King’s Lynn indoor skate park receives £123,170 of Sport England money to ensure it stays open all year round

The Shed Skatepark at Lynnsport is getting some lottery funding. Pictured is Lee Minor. Picture: Ian

The Shed Skatepark at Lynnsport is getting some lottery funding. Pictured is Lee Minor. Picture: Ian Burt

Customers and staff at an indoor skate park will today be celebrating being awarded a vital pot of money which will ensure the facility can remain open all year round.

The Shed, in King's Lynn, received £123,170 of Sport England money, the largest portion of £900,000 to be shared across the region.

The cash injection will go towards insulation for the venue, which currently has to be closed for an average of 30 days a year due to damp and condensation.

It will also help provide for a mezzanine floor in the building, based at Lynnsport, which will include an area for a DJ, classrooms, café and a shop.

A total of £243,000 was needed for the two projects which, thanks to the Sport England cash and funding from WREN, West Norfolk Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, King's Lynn Adrenalin Sports Association and money raised by the public, has now been achieved.


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Adam Garford, sports development manager at Alive Leisure, said: 'It's now going to be a reliable skate park open all year round. But it won't just be a skate park, it will be a community hub. It was frustrating because you couldn't predict when the skate park was going to close so for customers and staff, it took its toll.'

The extra layer to the building will mean staff will not have to open all its doors for fresh air to dry up condensation, which builds in certain weather conditions.

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A total of 14 sports projects in the east of England will share the National Lottery money, distributed by Sport England.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health at West Norfolk Council, said: 'We are so happy we got this funding because it's disturbing in the morning not being quite sure whether it's going to be suitable for young people to come along and skate.

'I personally feel it's important to have things for young people to do. Young people have so much energy and they need to use it. I have grandchildren aged 10 and nine and they love their skateboards and scooters. When I take them to The Shed they think 'wow this is massive'.'

Has your group been awarded a large grant? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk

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