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Get Your Skates On!

Instructor, Leo Oppenheim, shows us how it’s done.

For the first time in over 15 years, Blackpool once again has an indoor roller skating venue. With the renewed popularity of the sport and the rise in UK Roller Derby clubs, it’s about time Blackpool got in on the action. Rollers Club have over 1000 club members across Cheshire and are now making their way to Blackpool. Owner Korby Sangha has been organising skating events for the last 11 years all over the country and really cannot wait to get the skates rolling in Blackpool. “If the night really takes off, we can get 100 kids off the streets enjoying themselves and keeping fit. This activity is for all the family, so adults can join in the fun too!”

Rollers Club instructor and Flowskate owner Leo Oppenheim helped in the running of Skate Blackpool last year and said “It was a fantastic success. The kids and adults really enjoyed it. We have been waiting for a regular skating activity in this area for a long time and now it is here.”

Leo has been skating for 16 years now and started on his 13th birthday when he was bought a pair of skates and his passion for the sport grew from there. Leo now competes in all disciplines of skating and as a result has been sponsored by Seba for his versatility. He is also sponsored by Monkey Nutrition, who provide him with supplements to help him get through his gruelling training schedule.

After slaloming for just a week, Leo won the Skate London Rookie Slalom Contest. He has also competed and placed in lots of UK competitions. As of next year he will be competing on the World Skate Cross Series around the world and he is very excited about this. He has appeared in a few music videos and Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker. He also has two tricks that he has created himself, but still needs to come up with names for them. He is open to any suggestions!

Leo has been teaching people to skate for about 8 years now. He has ICP Level 1 and 2 qualifications and his slalom instructor qualification. He is currently planning to do the level 3 course which will qualify him to teach other instructors. He is also doing his British Roller Sports Federation Level 2 qualification in November and has been placed on their board of directors.

Leo will be coming to Blackpool every week to instruct and is looking forward to teaching lots more people to skate after the success of Skate Blackpool.

Rollers club will run every Friday 6.30pm to 8pm at Palatine Leisure centre. Cost is £4 per person and £1 to hire roller blades or simply bring your own skates. For more information visit www.rollersclub.co.uk or call Korby on 07904 341348.

Check out the “Leo Oppenheim athlete page” on Facebook for more extreme pictures and videos. Photo provided by Sam Cooper. http://samcooperphotography.tumblr.com/

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