Through skateboarding, young people are able to have fun and engage positively with each other. Skateboarding provides a valuable outlet for creative expression and physical activity for children of all backgrounds and ages.

As identified by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, sport is a valuable tool for:

  • fostering self-esteem and empowerment
  • facilitating social support and inclusion
  • providing opportunities for leadership and achievement

Skateistan Cambodia runs daily skateboarding lessons, including girls’ sessions and classes for disabled youth, with lessons taught by former students and peer volunteers. Skateboarding lessons are paired with 1 hour arts-based educational workshops to further build on the confidence and friendships realized in the skatepark.

The novelty of skateboarding in both Afghanistan and Cambodia makes it very successful at engaging with youth of all backgrounds. It appeals particularly to girls, who are often socially excluded from participating in traditional sports like football or volleyball.

Skateistan Cambodia uses skateboarding as a tool or “hook” to engage youth in the more comprehensive health, education, and counseling services provided by other best practices NGOs in Cambodia. You can read more about this and our partnerships here.

Skateistan Cambodia Kids' First Demo

Last weekend, the kids from Skateistan Cambodia's feeder program got to check out their first off-site demo -- both skating and watching a good amateur skateboader from abroad. Although most of the event was ruined by rain, as soon as it was dry the kids snapped up the chance to skate, showing the crowd all they've learned in the past month. On Sunday, they were joined by Thai skater Pit Potarach, or "Tam", a flow-team rider for Preduce from Chiang Mai who was just coming off a contest in Bangkok. 

Smart Mobile, another benefactor of the program, transported the ramps, obstacles and kids from the Pour un Sourire d'Enfant school to its promo event and concert on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, just across the Bassac River in Phnom Penh. The kids waited out the rain alone, but when it dried up and they warmed up, crowds formed quickly on the popular weekend spot.

Go Skate Day 2011 in Phnom Penh

Go Skateboarding Day 2011 hit Phnom Penh for the first time on Friday 24 June. Starting at the PSE school in Stung Meanchey district, we went ripping and hitching rides through the streets with a police escort. Then, it was back to where it started -- a spot of concrete at the school, with ramps and tons of energy. Huge thanks to everyone who came out.

If you'd like to take part in a skate session, meet us on the riverside every Sunday for a game of S.K.A.T.E.. We'll be at the Roundabout Blue Pumpkin/La Croissette. Hope to see you there!