Kickflip, heelflip and ollie. Whether you’re a child or an adult, skateboarding is a great way to improve your balance, coordination and relieve stress while you use muscles from your head to feet.

Why is it good for me?

Balance, coordination, strength and persistence: some of the key skills you’ll gain from skateboarding – and don’t forget the fun!

It uses muscles all over the body simultaneously and teaches you precision as you learn new tricks and skills. It involves a lot of coordination between your eyes, legs, feet and arms – and the more you skate, the better (and stronger) you get.

Precision and coordination are skills that transfer well in everyday life – both in a physical and mental capacity – and the

It’s also a fantastic stress reliever and mindful exercise due to the concentration needed when practicing – there’s no room to think about anything else!

How much does it cost?

After the initial cost of the board and any protective clothing, it’s something you can do for free at your local skatepark whenever it suits you.

In addition, you could choose to pay for adult lessons, like Active Sussex’s This Girl Can Ambassador Tess did. 

Watch how she got on in her video.

What equipment do I need?

  • Skateboard
  • Helmet
  • Knee and elbow pads (you’ll thank yourself!)