Skate jams are back this weekend giving young people the chance to compete in skating competitions as well as listen to performances by the talented Soundwaves finalists.
The skate jams will be taking place on Sunday, July 10 at Woodbridge skatepark and Saturday, August 27 at Felixstowe skatepark from 1pm to 6pm. Leiston skate jam is being organised for September.
“The skate jams promise to make an excellent start to the summer and I hope that there will be a great number of young people wanting to take part in the competitions or listen to some live music,” said Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Economic Development.
The competitions will be split into age categories on the day depending on the number of entrants and number of people wanting to skate board, roller skate or BMX. Entrants can register free of charge on the day. Any entrants aged under 16 will need to wear a helmet.
Music performances will be provided by the Soundwaves Ultimate Bands Contest 2011 finalists, getting in some practice sessions ahead of the final taking place in Framlingham in October. Bands playing live include finalists Rogues Cradle, the Farthings, Joe Nickson and Soundwaves artists The Youth Club, Alex Body, DJ OutLiar and DJ Veranova.
“Taking part in one of the competitions is a great way for young people to have fun with friends while improving their skating or cycling skills and getting recognition for all the hard work they have put in at the skateparks over the winter.
“It will also be a good opportunity for families to enjoy a day out and find out more about skating while listening to local bands and artists,” added Cllr Holdcroft.
Winners of the individual competitions will also receive prizes kindly donated by the skate jam sponsors.
For more information about Soundwaves or the Ultimate Band Contest residents can visitwww.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourfreetime/arts/soundwaves or www.suffolksoundwaves.co.uk