Exton teenagers’ delight at new skate ramp

The new skate ramp in Exton is open. EMN-151008-134630001
The new skate ramp in Exton is open. EMN-151008-134630001

Months of hard work resulted in a summer of fun for teenagers who raised hundreds of pounds for a new skating ramp in Exton.

It is just over a year since the group of teenagers approached the Play Action Group Exton, which runs the playing fields in the village, complaining that there was nothing for them to do and asking if a new half-pipe skating ramp could be installed.

The teenagers were tasked with raising some of the funds needed for the project and managed to raise nearly half of the £8,500 it cost to install the ramp.

And the half-pipe, which was installed at the beginning of the summer holidays on the playing fields by Kettering-based firm Rampchild, is already proving a huge success.

Luke Maiden, 18, an apprentice at Woody Electrical in North Luffenham, was one of those involved. He said: “The community really offered a lot of good support.

“Now that it’s up quite a few people are using it. We’ve got children all the way up to young adults. The older kids are teaching the younger ones which is great to see.”

To raise the funds, the teenagers organised a Christmas bazaar, coffee mornings, bingos and raffles.

And there was also an overwhelming response from the community with gifts and donations, including an anonymous £50 donation from someone in Uppingham.

The organisers of the Extonbury donated £900, while a further donation of a similar amount came from the Exton Produce Show.

The Play Action Group also applied for grants to source the rest of the funding needed with £2,000 donated by Cory Environmental Trust, £1,000 from Spire Homes and £500 from Hanson Cement in Ketton.

Mick Bell, who is a member of the Play Action Group, said he was proud of the teenagers’ efforts.

He said: “The teenagers needed the help and guidance which we were able to give but I think they enjoyed doing it.

“It is really good to see it come to fruition and to now see the ramp being used.

“It’s not just older children either. The other day I was down there and there was a woman watching her son, she said they’d been there for two hours.

“It really has been a community project.”