BBC School Report 2017

Skateboarding: A Boy's Game?

by Leah, Ravi, Alfie, Lena-May and Sinead.  Photograph courtesy of Tim Prozorov.

In the last few years skateboarding has enjoyed a resurgence in its popularity. At its most popular in the 1980s, it lost its spark in the following decade, only to be reignited in recent years.

With 10% of year 7 students skateboarding regularly, Alexandra Park School reporters went out into classrooms and the local community to find out more about skating habits among young people.

Photograph Courtesy of Tim ProzorovOf the students polled, less than 2% of girls said they skateboard. Many feel the sport is dominated by males because of commonly held views about gender roles. “Skateboarding,” said Lewis, a year 7 student at APS, ‘is a boy’s game because of the gender stereotypes people have for girls.’ 

Kim feels that the image of “delicate, weak girls who can’t stand on a board” persists in school and the skate parks she has visited, where she has been confronted with occasional sexist comments. Other students that were interviewed agreed. “I know many girls who devote themselves to the game in order to challenge the stereotypes,” said William.

So what can be done to encourage more girls into skating? Local pro-skater Tim Prozorov believes skateparks “need to open more free classes where anyone can go.” He also believes skating, along with other alternative sports, “should be encouraged in schools. It’s important to give young people a variety of sports to choose from.” Ofsted inspectors agree: In a 2009 report they said non-traditional sports including skateboarding, street dance and martial arts had “improved engagement", particularly among vulnerable groups.

Would Tim, who is sponsored by DC Shoes, recommend skating as a future career? “Skateboarding is not my full time job. I wouldn’t recommend even thinking about having a career in skateboarding. Skating is a way of being with friends, a means of physically pushing yourself and of feeling free. If all the good things come without really thinking about them then, who knows? Your hobby could become your future career.”

Last modified onThursday, 21 January 2016 14:35

BBC Reports from 2017

  • LGBT+ representation in Alexandra Park School
    LGBT+ representation in Alexandra Park School
    Kiah Cruise writes...

    As we know, LGBT+ media representation is hard to come by, and when you do, it isn't always positive.  However, Alexandra Park School does its best to recognise and educate its pupils on LGBT+ rights, discrimination and abuse that they suffer, types of sexuality, and gives plenty of support to openly, or privately, LGBT+ students.

    One way that they support these students is by having an LGBT+ Support and Pride network group, of which I am a member myself.  In the club, we discuss important issues surrounding LGBT+ people, and their rights.  We have recently had a session in shich people told stories of 'coming out' as LGBT+, and most were positive.  The club also gives us a chance to meet similar-minded people, whether they just support members of the community, or are part of it.  To improve the already large amount of bad and discouraging recognition given to homophobia, the club is also setting up an anti-homophobia campaign, which includes students and teachers on the proper use of the word 'gay', raising awareness of subtle bullying that members of the community may experience, directing positive messages about the community towards younger, less educated students, and abolishing harmful stereotypes of LGBT+ men, women and non-binary-gendered personnel.

    As well as the club, students are taught about sexualities in Citizenship, vaguely, which opens up the possibilities of properly informed, positive representation from a figure of authority.  This is a really important step to seeing same sex / asex relationships as equal as equal to heterosexual ones.

    In terms of work to do, there is still a long way to go.  Even with small actions, such as calling transgender students by their preferred name in class, even if they haven't legally changed it, would mean so much to those students, and the rest of the community.  Being called by their preferred names, transgender students would feel more accepted and comfortable in a learning environment.  We also get very little support and education on gender image, which many people (especially at the ages of 13-17) do need help with, and can be questioning.

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  • Science Week 2017 - an article for BBC Schools report 2017
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    There were many events throughout the week, of which some I was able to take pictures of.

    Monday - 'Minibeasts'

    In this activity, we were investigating the effects of alcohol, caffeine and glucose on water fleas.  It was very interesting as you could see the microscopic life forms very clearly through the microscope, and the results were very interesting.

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    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:18 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 747 times
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    Sports news for BBC School report 2017

    APS Students participating in BBC School Report day 2017 report on sports in the video below.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:03 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 483 times