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Supporting young people in Palestine through skateboarding

دعم الشباب الفلسطينين من خلال السكيت

 

About

SkatePal is a non-profit organisation that works with communities throughout Palestine to enhance the lives of young people and promote the benefits of skateboarding.

Since 2013, our ongoing presence and award-winning projects have reached hundreds of young people across the West Bank and won acclaim and recognition from supporters around the world.

We are run by a committed team of local and international volunteers who, through teaching skate classes, building skateparks and providing equipment, are enabling an ever-growing number of Palestinian skaters to empower themselves and inspire the next generation of Palestinian youth.

Why Palestine?

More than half of all Palestinians living in the occupied territories are under 21 years old.

Yet for many young people across the West Bank and Gaza, cultural, educational and sporting opportunities are severely limited.

Help us support the fast-growing skateboarding community in Palestine. 

Why Skateboarding?

Skateboarding is one of the most inclusive sports in the world. It instantly dissolves barriers between class, race, age and gender.

Skateboarding engages youth, relieves stress and helps to build confidence and form long lasting friendships.

Skateboarding isn’t hierarchical - it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a professional, a child or an adult. 

Skateboarding is fun!

"My life changed when the skatepark was built in Asira. It's nice for all the children, because now they can play somewhere safe that isn't in the street."

Fahmi Sawalma, 14. Asira Al-Shamaliya

Projects

Jayyous Skatepark. 2017 - present

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Jayyous Skatepark is a collaboration between SkatePal and local non-profit SkateQilya. Jayyous is a village of 5000 people in the north western part of the West Bank, in the district of Qalqilya.

The skatepark was designed by SkatePal in conjunction with the Community Collective and East by West Co and built with the help of 20 international SkatePal volunteers in September 2017. 

From Spring 2018 onwards, SkatePal will be providing international volunteers to teach skateboarding in co-operation with SkateQilya, who will be managing the day-to-day running of the skatepark.

Rosa Park, Asira Al-Shamaliya. 2015-present

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'Rosa Park' is SkatePal's second concrete skatepark in the West Bank, and the largest in the country. 

Situated in the northern West Bank village of Asira Al-Shamaliya, the 700m2 concrete park was built by twenty international volunteers and completed in October 2015. All materials for the park were sourced locally in the village.

SkatePal is currently hosting weekly skateboarding lessons throughout the year and working to develop a sustainable skateboarding scene in the village and the surrounding district. 

The park is a collaboration between SkatePal, The Palestinian House of Friendship and the Asira Al-Shamaliya Council. 


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Islamic Club, Ramallah. Summer Camp 2014

Sharek Youth Forum, Ramallah. Summer Camp 2013

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does."

Nelson Mandela

Videos

Gallery

"Now we have a skateboarding community in Palestine, shouting to the world - 'we're still living our life!'"

Aram Sabbah, 17. Ramallah.

 

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Contact

 

If you're interested in volunteering; have some skate equipment you'd like to donate; or just want a friendly chat - get in touch! 

info@skatepal.co.uk

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