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Skateistan Skatepark Opens in Cambodian Capital.

Skateistan Takes Mission to Cambodia.

Skateboarding has arrived in Cambodia’s capital following the opening of city’s first ever indoor skatepark. The facility was the brainchild of Skateistan, an international NGO that aims to improve the lives of young boys and girls in developing nations by providing access to skateboarding. After a year’s worth of painstaking planning, construction and development, the covered park in Phnom Penh was finally opened, welcoming a crowd of local skateboarding enthusiasts on its first day of operation.
Skateboarding through the streets on a nice day. Such views should become common place in Cambodia's capital city soon, thanks to the work of skateboarding NGO, Skateistan.

Skateistan Skatepark

The covered skatepark is spread over approximately 4,300 square foot of space and forms part of a larger facility that will offer a program of engaging activities and courses for local kids aged between 5 and 17 years old. It includes five quarter-pipes, a selection of banks, flat bars and ledges, which were put to the test when dozens of local skateboarders turned out for the grand opening party.

Speaking to ESPN, the skatepark’s communications officer explained that the team behind the new facility were hopeful that the opening of the new site would help empower young people in Phnom Penh. The challenge of learning to skateboard can act as a means of boosting confidence, which can potentially crossover into other areas of life. Having a safe, well-maintained and free recreational facility will provide a useful creative outlet for local kids, as well as offering opportunities to network with peers.

Skateistan, the organisation that pioneered Phnom Penh’s skatepark, is an international NGO, which has previously undertaken similar projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The poignancy of the group’s work was underscored in September this year when four of their Afghan skateboarding students were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. Skateistan exists to offer some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised young people access to inspiring recreational activities.

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Photo: Joe King – Flickr Creative Commons (cc-by-2.0)

Words: Al Cuin

Tags: Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Skateboarding, Skateistan

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