Did you know that skateboarding will debut as a sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Yup, I didn’t know that either but future Olympian potential or not, I didn’t need much excuse to send my 7yo along for a skateboarding workshop to learn the basics on a board.
This first week of the Sydney school holidays the fabulous coaches over at Totem Skateboarding are running daily SKATE workshops for kids aged 5-15 at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve.
First of all you cannot beat the location; tucked into a shady bunker beside Darling Harbour the Cutaway is a skateboarding haven with ramps and more spread out across the impressive space. The guys from Totem made their introductions and then the kids were led through to hear some safety information and get decked out in wrist and knee guards, helmets and of course paired up with skateboard. Parents and siblings could watch from an inset seating area or stand at the side to get a better view as the workshop progressed.
We were all treated to a new performance by a trio of Big hART* skaters to kick things off and the most important message we learnt was that it was okay to fall off our skateboard, because we’re all human!
The whole group of 40 kids were shown a few basic stances and moves to get them started and then the coaches split the group according to ability. My little skater girl was incredibly enthusiastic and attempted to join the more advanced kids but the coaches swiftly relocated her back to the beginner group where she got to grips with the core principles and techniques of mastering a skateboard.
The session involves a variety of confidence-boosting exercises where kids will learn correct standing and stopping techniques, how to control the skateboard, and above all how to be safe while doing it. From the correct helmet and pad positions to making safe decisions while skateboarding and practicing safe skatepark etiquette; skateboarding is undeniably fun but above all it’s safety first.
The more experienced boarders had the opportunity to take their skate skills onto the ramps and rails and really test their abilities and bravery! Each group was led by two Totem coaches and a representative of Big hART.
An excellently run activity with attentive coaches on hand at all times to give every kid a memorable and valuable experience, the SKATE workshop has already proven to be a highlight of our school holidays!
Book your tickets here.
*Big hART is Australia’s leading campaigning arts organisation.
What you need to know:
What: SKATE at the Cutaway
When: 14-18 April 2019
Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve
Duration: 105 minutes
Time: There are two daily sessions: 9.30am to 11.15am 12.30pm to 2.15pm
Cost: $20/child + $3.95 transaction fee per booking
Getting There: You can either drive into the city or get the bus to Wynyard Station. There is a bit of a walk either way.
Parking: You can Book a Bay through Wilson Parking at the Barangaroo Reserve car park, or alternatively there is metered street parking with two hours costing $8. Then it’s a 10 minute walk to the Cutaway.
Facilities: There are toilets on site at the entrance so make sure your child goes before the workshop kicks off.
Food and Drink: There isn’t much in the way of refreshments in the near vicinity so my advice is bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. There is a coffee cart by the entrance to the Cutaway selling hot drinks, ice cream and pies.
Note: All skate gear and equipment is provided, but ensure your child is wearing closed shoes and socks when they attend the workshop. Parents must remain on site, particularly for the younger children in the group.