UK Indoor Skatepark: Spot Check – Skaterham, Caterham
Located just within the southern boundary of the M25, Caterham is mostly known for being the birthplace of both actor Bill Nighy and former panel show presenter/gak enthusiast Angus Deayton. It also contains the focus for this month’s Spot Check, the converted church which houses Skaterham Skatepark.
Skaterham has been serving the needs of the local community, as well as visitors sheltering from the weather, since way back in 1999. Over that time the layout has seen a few changes, but the core spine miniramp/vert ramp/jump box area remain relatively unchanged beyond a few touch ups. The vert ramp is undeniably the park’s biggest draw – standing at a fairly manageable 10′ with 1′ of vert, it is big enough to float airs out of without being too big, making it perfect for those wanting to get into vert skating to start learning on. This has been the training ground for local Drawing Boards ripper Nick Rains, as well as seeing regular appearances from the likes of Greg Nowik, vert prodigy Alex Griffiths and others drawn to the vertical slopes with ages ranging from early teens to mid 50s.
The park also boasts a 4′ spine miniramp which is nestled next to a small driveway/hubba set up and a bank, as well as a large roll in leading into a hefty jump box and finishing up on a 7′ quarterpipe. There is also an outdoor area which, as I haven’t visited the park during daylight in about ten years, I have no memory of or idea of what state it might be in now.
The crew at Skaterham have been holding it down for a long time now and the sessions are well established, so we highly recommend grabbing your pads, heading over and getting stuck into a session! In the meantime, scroll down for a quick edit compiled of a couple of Tuesday night missions, some photos by Rich West and some words with long time employees Ad McEvoy and Darren.
Session wise, the park opening times vary but Tuesday night is the relevant skate only night. Monday and Thursday nights are the designated mixed adult sessions running from 8:30pm – 10:30pm and Saturday’s offer up a mixed session (caution: will involved scooter dodging) while the park is closed on Sundays.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/skaterham/
Website – http://www.skaterham.com/
All Photos by Rich West
The park is run as a community project – how does that work with regards to rent, upkeep, staff etc.?
Darren: Skaterham is now a registered charity. We have a lease on the building from the site owners which allows us to not pay rent or rates as long as it is run as a community project. This means that we must do all we can to make it accessible to everyone, not just skaters, BMXers or scooters. We operate drop in sessions for young people, we do school PE lessons here, we organise additional activities such as arts/crafts and ramp-building too. We also allow the community to visit and just spectate and have a coffee. Other uses have included drone nights, nerf nights, badminton and indoor boot sales. Although our primary offering is a skatepark, this is actually a community project trying to address everyone’s needs.