SkatePal is a non-profit organisation that aims to spread the love of skateboarding in Palestine.
During his time volunteering as an English teacher in 2006, skateboarder Charlie Davis would take his board into the streets after class. He was amazed to find crowds of kids gathering round, asking how he made the board jump in the air, assuming there must be magnets in his shoes.
He soon discovered that skateboarding was something new to Palestine, and the idea for SkatePal was born.
Since establishing the charity in 2012, Charlie and a growing team of volunteers have been returning to Palestine on a regular basis; building skateparks and providing skateboarding lessons to young people across the West Bank.
SkatePal also works with local communities to help provide access to new equipment and tools, as local skateboarders currently rely on donations from outside the country.
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 engage these young people by creating a space they can claim as their own and through a sport they love.
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.
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
Rosa Park, Asira Al-Shamaliya. 2015
'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.
Khilab Centre, Zebabdeh. 2014
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."