Getting their skates on!

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More than 400 youngsters from across Doncaster got their skates on to take part in an annual contest to find the town’s top skateboarders and bikers.

In the Area 51 Skate Jam at Sprotbrough the cream of the town’s boarders, BMX stars and scooter aces battled it out in a series of tough disciplines and contests in a bid to be crowned top dogs.

The event, held at the skate park on Anchorage Lane, is the brainchild of organiser Steve Gratton who has thrown himself into the project to help keep youngsters active and give them a positive focus.

He said: “Rather than sitting at home playing video games and getting fat, or hanging around on street corners drinking and causing trouble, the young people of Doncaster have something positive and fun to get involved in.”

Area 51 is a non-profit organisation with the aim of providing the local community with the facilities to enjoy and learn skateboarding, BMX, inline-skating and other extreme sports.

Steve, chairman of the group, added: “All the people who came along to see what we do realise it is a good thing for the children of Doncaster.

“It was a fantastic event, the weather was amazing and the standard of skills on show was very impressive. There are some very talented youngsters across the town and we want to do our bit in celebrating those skills.”

The project has proved such a big hit that Steve and the rest of the Area 51 team are keen to extend the park, which features a series of ramps and facilities for bikers and skateboarders to sharpen up their skills.

The group has applied for planning permission to develop the size of the park and Sprotbrough Parish Council is due to discuss the issue at a meeting later this month.

Steve added: “We carried out a ballot asking people whether they were in favour of extending the park, and 95 per cent said they were.

“We would like people to come along and tell the council what a positive thing the skate park is for the area, and how it is giving the children something good to do.”

The meeting will take place at the Goldsmith Centre on Thursday, July 18.