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 2013, 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.