Strengthening Communities

Epping Skate Jam

Skate Jam and BMX Event

SkateJam and BMX events are designed for children, teens and families to come together and experience a variety of wheeled based sports including skateboarding, roller skating, scootering and biking. Both events encouraged novice and experienced skaters to participate in top quality coaching, whilst also offering first time participants the opportunity to try something new.

Active Essex were able to support these events through London Marathon Foundation funding, as a result of Ford RideLondon-Essex 2023, ensuring the community could try these activities in a safe environment with qualified instructors. Through the Active Essex partnership and support, they were also able to coordinate multiple partners and locally trusted organisations to make the events a success.


Group 1
Who is it for?
Children, teens and families from Epping and Loughton communities
Goal 1
Prime Objective:
to provide an opportunity to try different wheeled sports
Goal 2
Second Objective:
to encourage families and young people to get outside and get active

The Nazeing Skate Jam event took place in May 2023 and was linked with the opening of a brand new community at St. Giles Church in Nazeing, and was led by the charity Red Balloon.

This event was in partnership with Active Essex, Epping Forest District Council, the London Marathon Foundation and Team Rubicon. The young people and families that attended could experience skating with qualified instructors and were able to spend hours having fun on the ramps.

The BMX event was held on 26th October 2023 and was also delivered by Red Balloon and Mike Mullen (6 time BMX Halfpipe Champion and former World Master Champion) from BMX Skate and Scoot Academy. The event took place at Stonards Skate Park which is a central hub for sport and physical activity in Epping.


Both events aimed to encourage families to get active outside, whether that be together or individually, in the hope that they found their active.

As a result of taking part in these events, it has improved the participants physical and mental wellbeing, as well as encouraged them to interact with other like-minded individuals and feel a stronger sense of belonging in their community.

attendees at the Nazeing event
organisations involved in the set-up of both events
The Nazeing event was a real success, and we had just under 100 attend. The event gained some really positive feedback from the parents/carers and we hope that Skate Nazeing becomes a regular event for our community.
Luke Lowrie, Red Balloon