Charity

Rampworx Charity

Established in 1997, Rampworx is a registered children’s charity that works with 1000 young people each week through a range of developmental activities and sports, BMX, Inline Skating and Skateboarding all under one roof.

Rampworx has grown exponentially since its inception in 1997. In particular, since 2003 the project has witnessed its attendance figures increase by 35%. Fashion, music and the upsurge in multimedia technology (digital photography and filming) means that the sports and lifestyles that we cater for are very popular amongst young people.

Culturally, the majority of young people who come to our park are considered to be in a minority by the music that they listen to, the sports they participate in and the way that they dress. This can prevent them from engaging with other young people, as they feel intimidated. Our current diversionary projects for young people, particularly those at risk include video arts, photography, healthy eating and street dance. Our goal is to break down these barriers and provide access to other youth projects.

Objectives

Operate on a basis of a minimum of 350 openings per year a facility of at least 55,000 square feet, which provides a range of structured activities and programmes.

Provide services and activities that develop young people – as athletes, individuals and members of society by specialist coaching, access to physical recreation space and the delivery of programmes to promote mental and physical well-being
Proactively seek partnerships with young people, agencies and funders that advance the development of the facility and the services within it.

Create new and tailored programmes to address problems arising from anti-social behaviour, crime, obesity, poor educational attainment and economic disadvantage.

To develop talented and current World Class athletes through support and partnerships with relevant affiliates.

Key Aims

Rampworx aims to provide a range of safe and secure facilities for young people, aged 5 and upwards, to partake in a variety of activities; including extreme wheeled sports alongside activities that enable personal development and growth. To address socio-economic problems in the locality targeting young people at risk of social exclusion and/or disadvantaged.

  • Improving the health and well being; including confidence and self esteem of our users
  • Improving aspirations through signposting and educational programmes
  • Enhanced personal development and new skills.
  • Develop new and existing friendships, improve self esteem and offer structured provision
  • Offer relevant and fun programmes of activity; including video arts, photography, design,
  • Offer a safe, structured environment for young people to enjoy a range of sporting and non-sporting activities
  • Promote inclusion and accessibility to our project
  • Promote citizenship and improved social capital within the local area
  • Provide opportunities and pathways to training and volunteering; including accredited courses and links with partner organisations
  • Act as a conduit to professional agencies

Elements

Personal development
A range of structured educational programmes around sexual health, mental health drug and alcohol awareness and teenage pregnancy. The programmes link in with other agency criteria, such as South Sefton PCT, Merseyside Police, ISIS, Liverpool DAAT and CALM.

Sports Provision
Rampworx is the largest indoor skatepark in the UK catering for BMX, In Line skating (Rollerblading) and Skateboard.

Beginner Only Sessions
Rampworx offers a programme of beginners lessons for each sport. These are discounted and designed to encourage local disadvantaged young people to get involved in the sports and activities that we cater for.

Girls Only Sessions
Rampworx hosts weekly girl only sessions designed to encourage more females into the sports that we cater for. Resident coach and World Number 1 female In Line Rollerblader has helped promote and support the project through variety of clinics, workshops and ladies only events.

After school clubs
Rampworx is open straight after school every weekday between Tuesday and Friday allowing young people to utilise our facilities and a range of projects on offer as part of our diversionary activities programme designed to reduce crime and anti social behavior in the local area. For the last 6 months we have worked with Unlimited who have assisted us with offering term time discounted coaching to attract more local young people to our facility.

Competitions
Rampworx hosts a series of national and international events throughout the year for each of the 3 sports that we cater for. Athletes from across the globe gather at Rampworx prestigious events, such as Slam Jam, Dub Jam, Halloween All Nighter and the Chaz Sands Invitational which attract huge crowds and media interest.

1-2-FREE Scheme
If a young person comes to Rampworx twice in a week, they the get the third session free, or a weekend for half price. During the winter and summer school holidays we offer a 2 for 1 all day pass to encourage more young people to use the facility at a heavily subsidised rate.

Coaching and Coaching Programme
Rampworx professional coaches offer structured learning programmes for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Whether never ridden before or looking to improve skills and tricks, our friendly coaches are on hand to help and offer their expertise. We offer quality coaching in each of our 3 associated sports (skateboarding, BMXing and Inline skating) with one to one tuition, group sessions and outreach projects all available. To assist disadvantaged and new users, all apparatus and safety equipment is provided with our coaching programmes. In the last 12 months we have worked closely with Unlimited to offer young people discounted coaching. These 8 week programmes allows local young people to access regular structured coaching. During this period over 800 young people have participated in the programme.

Summer and Winter Clinics
Since 2004, Rampworx has hosted a series of summer clinics for the 3 sports that we cater for. During this time, we have had a number of World Class international athletes coaching our young people. Local young people who have never, or are just starting to learn are invited for coaching for free over 3 days. Packed lunches are provided and each child is issued with a certificate, medal and t shirt at the end of the clinic. This is an excellent opportunity for local, disadvantaged young people to develop their skills and make new friends in their sport.

National and International Events
We host major national and international events for all 3 disciplines throughout the year. This allows us to improve our profile and attract further revenue costs to help sustain our project. During the average year we host 10 massive events; including the Chaz Sand Invitational, Slam Jam, Dub Jam, BMX All nighters and our annual Christmas Jam. These events attracted, on average 500 young people to them.

  • Graffiti Art
  • FIlm and photography
  • Street dance
  • Health based projects – healthy eating, drug and alcohol awareness, sexual health.
  • Design and fashion
  • Music and dance

Alternative activities
Not only is Rampworx a superb extreme sports facility it also offers an exciting range of alternative personal development projects that attempt to stimulate and engage with young people. Programmes on offer include sports coaching packages and female only sports events as well as projects in drama, music, photography, and video art. In addition, lifestyle projects (with the help of relevant outside agencies) are available and challenge issues such as diet, sexual health, drugs, alcohol, gun and knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

Volunteering & Development
Rampworx has a strong volunteer programme designed to encourage young people and adults to work within out project. The goal is to give volunteers a positive, hans on experience which we hope will stand them in good stead for employment. Rampworx also works closely with a range of schools, FE and HE colleges to offer. There are plenty of opportunities available; including coaching, mentoring, retail, design, events and administration.

Youth Work
We work closely with Sefton Youth Service and a range of other partners who engage with vulnerable young people at risk of exclusion from school, or engaging in anti-social behaviour. The skatepark utilises its sports and coaching programmes to engage young people in positive activities within a structured learning programme.

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