Skateboarding and football in Lowestoft over half term

Young skateboarders can pick up tips from the professionals when they visit a Lowestoft park over the Easter holidays.

Members of EAST (Extreme Adrenaline Sports Together) will be at the Carlton Colville's skatepark from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday, April 13 offering free coaching to park users. There will also be a friendly competition between skaters and bikers.

Prizes, donated by Smash Skates and Elm Tree Fisheries will be handed out to those who showcase the best skills.

Waveney District Council's play and open space development Officer Chris Ames will be attending the event to speak to park users about what improvements they want to see at the site.

Youth development workers from Waveney recently met with local youngsters to start raising money for a teen shelter at the park. The scheme has now been awarded a �1,000 grant from Bernard Matthews and the money is being put towards a wider refurbishments.

Elsewhere in Waveney during the school half term, Sentinel Leisure Trust - the body which recently took over running of the council's leisure facilities, will be running a number of football events for young people.

At Barnard's Centre Point on Barnard's Way, Lowestoft, there will be football sessions on April 11, April 13, April 15 and April 21. Boys and girls are invited to join staff to learn football skills and drills, and to finish each session with a mini tournament. Sessions must be booked and cost �4.50 per person.

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Eight to 14 year olds can also 'Pay & Play for �1' at Barnard's Centre Point's full sized, floodlit pitch. Staff will be on-site to coordinate teams and oversee sessions between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, but there is no need to book in advance.

For details call Leisure Sentinel on 01502 569116. For information on the skate event call 01502 523391.

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