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Footballers Take a Lesson in Basics from the Kids
Eastbourne Borough Football Club are following their most successful season ever, by training for the Eastbourne Skate Festival held on 24th & 25th July, thanks to skate lessons from local school children.
Eastbourne Borough Football Club are following their most successful season ever, by training for the Eastbourne Skate Festival held on 24th & 25th July, thanks to skate lessons from local school children.

The Club, which has recently enjoyed promotion to the Nationwide Conference League, are taking lessons from pupils at St Andrews School in time for the annual festival, where they hope to challenge a professional skate team to a football match – on skates!

Roller Soccer has been added to the growing programme of events at the UK’s biggest Skate Festival, and St Andrews School in Eastbourne who have recently added skating to their extra-curricular activities, will be showing footballers just how to do it.

The School are also in training for their own appearance at the festival, and will be challenging a professional Roller Basketball team to a match, despite their unfair advantage in height.

Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Sk8 School and sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, the annual Skate Festival attracts 15,000 skaters each year, and it’s all free.

Open to all skaters, BMX riders and skateboarders of all ages, anyone can have a go at skating for the first time with the free teaching available, or simply show off their skills in the arena.

The packed programme includes a range of events in freestyle, fitness, artistic dance, speed slalom and hockey, and skaters can also join in competitions from Limbo Dancing to Tug of War on wheels. Top professional skaters from Europe and the USA will also be demonstrating their skills from speed skating to break dancing – all on skates!

Skaters can look forward to the return of the Saturday Night Skate around Eastbourne. Based on the popular Night Skates in Paris and London’s Hyde Park, hundreds of skaters join the 8 mile Skate route around the town at dusk, complete with flashing lights on their boots and water stations courtesy of McDonald’s.

The extreme skate park will also be open both days with a professionally designed range of new ramps and grind rails alongside a music stage of live bands.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “It is great to see our community joining together in such a healthy and sociable activity that appeals to all ages. Skating is fast becoming a unique attraction for both residents and visitors to our resort, and the festival has received such international recognition that it is now attracting performers from around the world.”

For further information on the programme of activities visit www.eastbourneskate.co.uk or telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 01323 411400. For further information on Skate lessons in Eastbourne visit www.sk8school.co.uk.
02 July, 2004

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