Jayyous Skatepark

We're very excited to announce that our next skatepark will be built in the village of Jayyous in collaboration with our friends at SkateQilya!

This September we will be working with a team of international volunteers and professional skatepark builders to construct a 600m2, free access community skatepark in the picturesque Palestinian village of Jayyous. 

Working together with the local community and partner organisations, we will provide the fast-growing group of skateboarders in Jayyous a safe space to engage with each other and call their own! 

For more information and to donate head to: www.jayyouspark.com

Follow the story @jayyouspark on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact us at jayyouspark@gmail.com

SkatePal Summer Jam 2017

Roll up, roll up! Join us for the third annual SkatePal Summer Jam in London. All proceeds from this event go directly towards building a new skatepark in Palestine this September!

Sunday 13th August // 11am - 7pm // Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8JN.

What to expect:

- Suma Sound and Pig & Rig DJs soundtracking your day with a mix of psychedelic beats from around the globe.

- Authentic Palestinian food from our friends at Hiba Express.

- Delicious cider courtesy of Kentish Pip.

- Game of S.K.A.T.E - £2 entry with prizes for winners.

- Raffle - win prizes from: Isle Skateboards, Rock Solid Distribution, Long Live Southbank, Theobalds Cap Co. Ninja Tune, NTS Radio and more! 

- Free beginners skate lessons!

- Merch & information stalls

**This is a free event, but don't forget - all the money we raise is going directly to help build a new skatepark for young children in Palestine** 

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Schedule

11am - 12pm: Beginners skate lessons

12pm: Skate jam opens

1pm - 3pm: Game of S.K.A.T.E

3pm - 7pm: Skate Jam continues.  

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Many thanks to Hackney Council and Gillett Square for supporting this event.

Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/134723553791290

In memory of
Ignacio Echeverria

Last Sunday skateboarders from all over London gathered to celebrate the life of Ignacio Echeverria, the Spanish skateboarder who was killed whilst trying to defend a woman with his skateboard during the London Bridge attack.

The skate session was an immensely powerful and positive event, and a real reminder of how amazing the skateboarding community is. We skated together in solidarity, travelling the route that Ignacio took around the London Bridge area that day, turning a painful memory into a positive one.

We are extremely humbled and honoured that Ignacio’s friends and family have decided to donate money in his memory to SkatePal, as he had previously told them that he was inspired by our work in the West Bank.

Our event at Southbank this weekend is dedicated to his memory.

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SkatePal Southbank Jam

Join us for our first SkatePal fundraiser of the summer supported by Long Live Southbank

Get yourself down to Southbank to raise money for skateboarders in the West Bank! All proceeds go towards building a new skatepark in Palestine this September.

Saturday 17th June // 10am - 7pm // Southbank (The Undercroft)

Schedule:

10am - 12noon: Skate Lessons hosted by LLSB

12noon - 2pm: Jam begins

2pm - 3pm: Best trick contest

3pm-7pm: Jam on!

Prizes from: Isle Skateboards, Brixtons Baddest Skate Shop, Slam City Skates, Rock Sold DistributionTheobalds Cap Co. and more!

Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/436986503333748

**This is a free event, but don't forget - all the money we raise is going directly to help build a new skatepark for young people in Palestine**

If you can't make it to the event, fear not! You can make a donation at www.skatepal.co.uk/donate

In memory of Ignacio Echeverria

 

Volunteer Placements 2017

We're currently accepting applications for male and female volunteers to teach skateboarding in Palestine between March and October 2017.

Volunteer placements are for either one or two months. For more information and to receive your volunteer application form, please email: info@skatepal.co.uk.

SkateQilya Launch

Our friends over at SkateQilya have just launched their new website!

SkateQilya is a youth empowerment program that uses skateboarding as a hook to teach art, community building and leadership skills to young people in the West Bank district of Qalqilya.

SkateQilya began as three-week summer camp in which young girls and boys from the city of Qalqilya and neighbouring village of Jayyous came together for the first co-ed athletic program in the district.

We're looking forward to working with SkateQilya on future projects to support skateboarding in Palestine - stay tuned for more details in 2017!

Isle Skateboards visit Palestine

This month we welcomed the Isle Skateboards team to Palestine for a week long tour of the sites, sounds and skate-spots of the West Bank! 

The guys skated with the kids at our skatepark in Asira Al-Shamaliya, as well as visiting spots in Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem. Special thanks to Chris Jones for making the trip happen (and congratulations on turning pro!). 

Check out some behind-the-scenes pictures from the trip, and look out for an article and video about their experience dropping in Free Skate Mag soon!

West Bank Shred Wagon

We're very lucky to have a lot of creative people involved with SkatePAL.

Recent volunteer Tom Bird came up with a very creative way to raise money for his trip to Palestine - he spent a day delivering Palestinian mezze around Amsterdam on his skateboard!

Through food sales and donations, Tom raised a total of €1354.00, which his employer WE ARE Pi then kindly offered to double - making a grand total of €2708.00!

Great work Tom! Come back to Palestine soon!

Watch the West Bank Shred Wagon video (above) and check out some of Tom's photos from his trip to Palestine - http://abirdseyeview.tumblr.com/

Esinat, Asira-Al Shamaliya 2016. Photo: Tom Bird

Esinat, Asira-Al Shamaliya 2016. Photo: Tom Bird