A BRAND new indoor skate park was launched in Roche on Saturday (April 6).

Skateboarding community group TR7, which was previously located at Prow Park in Newquay, unveiled a new larger facility situated near Roche train station.

The new 370 square foot indoor skatepark has been designed by the esteemed skatepark architect, Trevor Johnson, and features an array of skateboarding elements including a mini ramp, rails, ledges, and hips.

The facility will also feature an innovative harness rope system designed to make learning to skate risk-free.

The new indoor skatepark has come to fruition after TR7 raised £35,365 through a Crowdfunder and securing the backing needed from Cornwall Council's Community Levelling Up Programme.

The launch event featured a line-up of professional skaters including Lola Tambling, Harry While, Jordan Thackeray and Sox, who showcased their skills with dynamic demonstrations.

A skater pumps his board as he prepares a trick (Picture: Jamie Mitchell) ( )

The TR7 project aims to offer workshops, events, and mentorship opportunities.

A Youth Mentorship Programme will pair experienced skateboarders with younger participants to help them improve their skills and build confidence.

The team plan to launch an after-school programme that will provide a safe and supportive environment for local students to learn new skills and make new friends. 

A women and LGBTQ+ skateboarding programme will also provide a space where individuals who identify as female or LGBTQ+ can feel safe and welcome to skate and connect with others.

A skater airs over the coping during the launch event (Picture: Jamie Mitchell) ( )

Chaz Merryweather from TR7 said: “What a day. Thanks so much to everyone who came through and showed. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for this place.

“Being indoors just means that there are no restrictions, we can carry on going on the worst days of the year when it's raining sideways outside. It makes a safe hub for kids to come out and hang out where parents know that they're being looked after.

"They've got experienced instructors giving them tips and advice and making sure they're all safe. It just helps bring a lot of different communities together.

“This cutting-edge facility is set to become a cornerstone for skateboarding enthusiasts from Cornwall and beyond, offering a space where people of all ages and abilities can learn, practice, and enjoy skateboarding.

“This significant milestone was made possible through the unwavering support of our community, crowdfunding contributors, charity event participants, art auction patrons, and the significant funding allocated by Cornwall Council’s Community Levelling Up Programme. We express our deepest gratitude to everyone involved.

“The TR7 Indoor Skatepark is not just a skateboarding venue; it's a community where individuals of all backgrounds, including those with learning difficulties and members of the LGBTQ+ community, can find a welcoming space. 

“The skatepark's design incorporates a variety of skating elements alongside a comfortable spectator area, ensuring an inclusive experience for everyone.”