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Spreading the love of skateboarding in Palestine

انتشار حب السكيت في فلسطين

 

About

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. 

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 engage these young people by creating a space they can claim as their own and through a sport they love.

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.

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

Skateboarding is fun!

"The first time we saw the ramp in Ramallah we were like, wow. We wanted to know who built it, so we could hug him. There are no words to describe how excited and happy we are to have a skatepark built in Ramallah.”

Adham Tamimi, 17. Ramallah

Projects

Rosa Park, Asira Al-Shamaliya. 2015

Khilab Centre, Zebabdeh. 2014

Islamic Club, Ramallah. 2014 - 2016

People

Volunteers

We wouldn't be anywhere without the help of our lovely volunteers, past & present!

"Sometimes making friends is hard, but skateboarding makes it easy - all the skateboarders around the world are a family."

Amr A Khoury, 17. Ramallah

Films

Check out some of these great films made by SkatePAL volunteers:

Behind-the-Scenes 

Want to know what it's like to build a skatepark in Palestine? Check out these videos documenting our latest skatepark project in Asira Al-Shamaliya!

Arabic Trick Tips

Learn the basics of skateboarding with our Palestinian instructors Aram Sabbah & Adham Tamimi:

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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

+44 (0) 7796311518

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