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Roller Skate Victoria asks for help to get public skate parties going – Victoria News

By on January 3, 2020 0

The group that hosts public skating nights, hosted a Roller Disco Puppy party and offers various roller skating and dancing lessons in Greater Victoria is launching a public plea for space to host future Friday skating nights.

Roller Skate Victoria was launched in 2018 and has seen a steady increase in the number of people skating with them ever since. But they found it difficult to meet demand. With classes starting and no confirmed facilities to accommodate the Friday night skates in early 2020, Roller Skate Victoria’s Vicky “Rage” Major has issued a call to the public for suggestions.

“If you know of a space available on Friday that will allow wheels and can accommodate 100-200 people who like to skate on Friday, please let us know,” Major said. “We found ourselves in dead ends everywhere,” she said. “A lot of places strike us off immediately because of the wheels, but it’s really no more damaging than indoor hockey with the hard sticks hitting the ground. The wheels are flexible and we use flexible stops.

She said the group has several “really great” venues, including the Archie Browning Sports Center in Esquimalt, used for ice skating in the winter, and the Royal Roads Gym, which she says is too small for them. public skates.

Major said the organization rented around 77 pairs of skates in the first hour of their last public skating. She said other regulars have gone out and bought their own skates since joining, so the number of participants is higher.

The organization was also approved by Saanich for a skate rental license at Lambrick Park in April. They ran sunset skates on Sunday in the lacrosse area from 7 to 9 p.m. and Roller Sweat training classes on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. In August, around 10 people were taking Roller Sweat lessons on Wednesdays, said Martin Newham, director of Roller Skate Victoria.

Newham said the next step is to return to Saanich to get approval to rent skates in the summer of 2020. But, he said, the organization will need to discuss the possibility or the possibility of handing over the skates. skates at Lambrick Park this summer as they currently don’t have enough of their accredited instructors available to run kids’ camps, public skates, and classes.

Newham urges people to contact the group and attend a public skating or class if they have roller skates to donate, want to learn to skate, want to become an instructor, or just get in shape and shape. to have fun.

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