Owen Page has been riding Rampworx Skatepark for the last few years now and has been progressing at a rapid rate, it’s terrifying! To us it feels like only yesterday he was learning tail whips and jumping the boxes, now he’s holding his own in a session with the pros!
This year Owen has really stepped up his game and sending every trick that he thinks of; this tends to happen quite a lot these days.
Owen has grown up in a skatepark where you have a very high standard of rider killing the park on any given day of the week. With Pro riders such as Gary Spencer, Paul Ryan, Ben Lewis, Anton McGuirk and Harry Main floating around the park it is no surprise that this guy has been learning so quick!
After trying Cash Rolls into our foam pit for a few months he randomly decided to send it on a jump box and nailed it! He is the youngest rider to ever land a Cash Roll on a BMX, and he’s only 14 years old!!!!
Keep your eyes on this kid, who knows what he will be landing next year.
Rampworx recently teamed up with Claremount Specialist Sports College to deliver a brilliant 6 week health and sports related project and designed to address a range of health issues and behaviours that they were particularly vulnerable to; including poor diet, obesity, lack of exercise.
Claremount School, which is based in Moreton, Wirral works with pupils aged 11-16 with varying learning difficulties, ranging from ADHD, Aspergers and Autism. The purpose of the school is to identify the learning difficulties of each student in order to provide individual education plans to promote and enhance academic, personal and social skills. The curriculum enables students to be prepared for the adult world, encouraging self-sufficiency and confidence to work successfully within society.
This was a great opportunity for Rampworx to get out into the community and impact on the lives on some vulnerable young people. Teachers from Claremount, identified young people to attend the project. Each weekly session consisted of 45-60mins focusing on a specific health theme, such as diet, exercise and water intake. This was then followed by 2 hours of extreme sports coaching which included scooter and BMX with all equipment and ramps provided. A real challenge for some young people was the lack of skills and confidence that they had in participating in the sports that we cater for. Some had never ridden a bike before and others, because of their disability, could not even stand on a scooter. However, after a few sessions every single pupil had made real progress with their motor skills, confidence and health behaviours. Rewards and incentives were given to pupils who made particular effort with stickers, hats, and wrist bands.
Each child was individually assessed prior to, during and at the end of the project to evaluate how they have improved their knowledge, health, confidence and other personal skills over the course of the project. This included height, weight, diet and medication, if appropriate. On a weekly basis, we recorded activity levels, eating habits, water intake and the reduction of junk food and increase of healthy foods. There were weekly presentations and practical sessions hosted by the teachers at Claremont who did some great work in educating and encouraging the young people to eat and drink more healthily whilst improving their activity levels.
The final session took place at Rampworx, with 15 school children getting the whole skatepark to themselves. Overall the project was a fantastic success. Over 40 school children accessed the project an gained a whole host of useful skills and knowledge about how to live healthier lives with practical and meaning ways to implement it.
The next Rampworx outreach project is due to start in the New Year with a group of vulnerable young people in Seacombe, Liscard and Wallasey. We’ll be sure to get of video of that too!
For more information about Rampworx could help your school, please contact Tony Berry on 0151 530 1500, or fill in our booking form!
The guys over at Void Magazine have put together this sick article about the Dialled Comp we hosted earlier in the year.
On Friday the 9th of May there was a mass migration of almost the entire UK scooter scene and even a few internationals to Rampworx in Liverpool. Dialed has instantly become one of the biggest dates in the scooter calendar and it’s debut event really showed why it is and shall remain to be. Unfortunately the drive up to Liverpool was not nearly as successful as the event itself was; the M5/M6 and how terrible they both were was the main topic of discussion once everyone had finally arrived.
There was an incredible line up of some of Europe’s best riders attending the very first Dialed competition. The likes of Enzo Commeau, Ryan McNamara, Archie Cole, Corey Van Lew, Dakota Schuetz, Lewis Willimas and Soly Bloomfield were all drawn in by the promise of a days competing in on the UK’s biggest and best parks. I’m sure the £1,000 prize money had nothing to do with it at all!
Every year Rampworx Skatepark hosts a BMX Allnighter on Halloween, this event has become a staple event in the BMX calendar over the last 8 years with riders traveling from all over the country to come and ride until the early hours of the morning.
The event started at 10pm and finished at 8am the following morning, now you would think everyone would be rushing out the doors at 8am to grab some sleep. But not this year we literally had to chase people out the building at 8am, maybe it was the cans of RedBull doing their job.
We had boxes and boxes full of prizes to give out for this event thanks to our amazing sponsors. Pretty much everyone who attended left with something to keep them riding, we had everything from Total BMX forks to ODI Grips and Fuse Pads to give out.
The guys at Sentient Clothing took over the mic and hosted a bunch of comps throughout the course of the night, including a crazy ‘Foot Down’ contest in the bowl, which saw about 50 riders in the bowl at one time trying not to put their foot on the ground.
Harry Main made a special appearance and brought a bunch of The Wandering goodies to give out through the course of the night, that is of course until he managed to hit the roof doing a flair and popped his tyre at 3am!
Local Scooter rider Sam Kefford had a really bad slam in the skatepark a few months back, which resulted in him having several brain scans. For most riders this would stop them from ever entering a skatepark again, but not Sam. A recent addition to the AO Scooters & Ripped Knees team he wanted to get out his welcome edit, against the doctors orders. Make sure you keep an eye out for this guy the next time your in the skatepark, he is a beast!