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Dad opens indoor skate park

Dad Jamie Phillips has opened an indoor skating park to give youngsters a place to play with their bikes.

The father-of-two has spent £40,000 turning an old warehouse into what is thought to be one of the biggest facilities of its kind in the country.

The North Bridge Skate Park has opened in Marshgate, Doncaster, and includes a viewing gallery for parents, a café, ramps and a padded practice area.

Jamie, who is a builder by trade, said: “This is the biggest indoor facility of its size in this area.


“It also has a foam pit, where youngsters can practice stunts safely, and I don’t think there is anything like that within 150 miles of Doncaster.

“I have built up an area for parents, so they can watch their children and make sure they are safe.”

He embarked on the project because his two young sons Ethan, 10, and Eddie, four, wanted somewhere to play on their bikes.

Former England skateboard champion Steve Gratton, from Sprotbrough, has already visited the new facility and given it the thumbs up.

He said: “As far as I’m aware the nearest centre with a foam pit is in Corby, which is around two hours’ drive away from Doncaster.

“I think this is very important for Doncaster. It is a long time coming and it means there is somewhere to ride when the weather is bad.”

The centre has led to three jobs in the café area and Jamie hopes he will be able to create more employment opportunities in the future if it proves a success.


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