Skates on for a weekend of competition

Ruairaidh Agnews (16) on skateboard, - Dylan McCallum (14) with poster'. Pics: Fife Photo Agency
Ruairaidh Agnews (16) on skateboard, - Dylan McCallum (14) with poster'. Pics: Fife Photo Agency

A decade old annual skateboard competition has been saved thanks to a group of teenagers from Kirkcaldy YMCA.

The KDY Skate Comp which has taken place at Beveridge Park for the last 10 years looked unlikely to continue after the previous organisers decided to stop.

But youngsters from the YMCA pledged to save the event and formed the YM Skate Crew to raise funds and organise the competition themselves.

The group met with YMCA senior youth worker Dave Gillespie when it looked like the competition might come to an end.

He said: “Friends of mine have organised it with help from the Kirkcaldy YMCA for the last 10 years but now they’re all in their mid-30s with kids of their own and with work commitments they just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it anymore.

“But it’s always been popular as it was a part of the Beveridge Park Community Festival and quite a lot of people who come to the Kirkcaldy YMCA started skating, or got back into it, as a result.

“At the start of the year we sat down for a meeting.

‘‘I said ‘the YMCA has all the resources you need - why don’t I help you organise it?’ It went from there.”

Dave also came up with the idea that they should form their own group.

‘‘I suggested that they create their own brand to organise the festival under, so they formed the YM Skate Crew.

“They’ve designed the logo and had clothing made so they can be a visible presence on the day.

‘‘And they’ve created something that can be passed on to the next generation at the YMCA when they’ve discovered the pub and moved on!”

The Skate Crew has raised just over £200 from three events, including a ladies night, where crew member, 17-year-old Milo Kolecki, had his legs waxed.

“And it hurt!” he said.

“We thought it would be really good if the competition was brought back because it’s been happening every year and people are used to it.

“It was what got me into skating, even though I’m not very good!”

The competition takes place on Saturday and Dave says it will attract skaters from all over Fife and further afield.

“It’s really relaxed and informal. There’s registration from 11.00 a.m then the competition starts at 12.30 p.m. with two age categories and we’ll have music and DJs and a couple of MCs. It should make for a great spectacle and I’m really proud of the Skate Crew for the effort they’ve shown.”