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ABOUT US

Girls Skate NZ’s mission is to empower young wahine through skateboarding, a sport that strengthens confidence, resilience and physical and mental wellbeing.​

 

Participants are taught how to skate in a warm and friendly environment where they can feel safe and progress at a level that is comfortable for them. While learning the basics of skateboarding, girls will also be taught the correct safety measures and skatepark etiquette to prevent injury. Girls Skate NZ classes help break down barriers in skateboarding such as social intimidation, gender discrimination and financial burden to ensure skateboarding is more accessible to those who cannot afford to participate or are intimidated to go to skateparks.​

 

By facilitating a safe space for skill development, social connection, and empowerment, our lessons have contributed an increase of resilience and confidence for many young girls within the community. Our lessons have become more than just a recreational activity/ sport – they now serve as a resource for many young girls as a support system for overcoming challenges and recovering from adversity.​

By creating and facilitating a supportive, empowering, safe and inclusive community, participants get to connect with like-minded peers, coaches and mentors.

 

These social connections extend beyond the lessons. Participants continue to support each other in their skateboarding journeys and in various aspects of their lives, contributing to a more vibrant, inclusive, and engaged space for girls in a historically male dominated community and culture. Skateboarding provides various benefits, promoting fitness, skill development, and overall mental well-being. The combination of physical activity, creative expression, and social engagement makes skateboarding a rewarding and holistic pursuit.

 

By fostering individual empowerment, camaraderie and community those participating have shown a strong engagement and commitment to skateboarding​.

We aspire to continue providing a quality learning experience for all attending, with a strong emphasis on wellbeing and social connection with a hope to instil longevity in active sport/ recreation for all tamariki and rangatahi attending.

 

Girls Skate NZ classes help break down barriers in skateboarding such as social intimidation, gender discrimination and financial burden to ensure skateboarding is more accessible to those who cannot afford to participate or are intimidated to go to skateparks​

 

At our classes we are able to provide skateboards, helmets and safety gear to new skaters wanting to attend!

Each class has an average of 20-25 girls attend. With 3-5+ coaches there to lend a hand. 

As the girls arrive we split them into several separate groups with a coach.

The groups they get put in are based on their skill level and age, or with the coach we think will be the most beneficial!

 

Our beginner groups follow a structured delivery plan tailored to keeping the skaters safe whilst educating them on the correct technique, etiquette and basics of skateboarding. 

The other groups are skaters who have already mastered the basics, and are ready to move on to learning tricks.

With the other groups our coaches encourage the girls to be creative, and think of their own tricks they want to learn whilst guiding them on the best way to do so, and keeping them safe and feeling confident. (i.e. holding their hands for the tricks to prevent falling whilst explaining the correct technique.) 

 

Otherwise our coaches are able to grab a grasp of the skaters style, and suggest new tricks that will work for them!

Throughout our lessons we try our best to encourage our girls to be confident, determined and show etiquette to other skate park users.

 

The skaters all get to progress at their own pace, and work together while individually progressing at a level that is comfortable for them. 

HOW WE GIVE BACK!

Here for the skateboarding community.

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