Ilkeston dad Jason Davey discovered a love of skateboarding as a youngster growing up in the town.
When he moved back to the area in the summer after 15 years in Australia, he came up with the idea of opening a skateboard shop in the town.
Jason Davey opened Bonafide Supplies at the bottom of Bath Street almost three weeks ago. In Australia skateboarding is part of everyday life and he worked as a skateboarding wholesaler during his time there.
Jason, who has been passionate about skateboarding since the age of 12, said: “I came back to Ilkeston in August with no idea what to do. I used to be a wholesaler of skateboards in Australia.
“I had a friend in the UK who had a skateboard company, I used to sell his boards to shops there. Skateboarding is very popular over there and everybody has a board but people have a more in-depth interest here, they are more dedicated.”
He also feels that Ilkeston is long overdue a decent skate park. At the moment youngsters travel to a park in Nottingham where they have to pay £5 for three hours.
He said: “I was surprised at how many good skaters there are in Ilkeston, but there is nothing really for that age group here.”
Last week we reported that a new £130,000 sports park was in line for Kirk Hallam.
He said: “I think it will be good to get a park in Ilkeston. People think they create trouble but skateboarders tend to look after their parks.”
Jason said he has had a positive response since he opened and hopes to grow a community around the shop. This would include inviting people interested in skateboarding to video nights showing skateboarding films and art shows.
The shop is the only dedicated skateboarding shop in town and sells professional standard boards, as well as clothing, decks, wheels and shoes. The boards can be bought in parts or as a whole. They range from starter boards to pro standards.
Jason, 41, said most of the people he has had through the door so far are teenagers and people in their early 20s.
He echoed other business at the bottom end of Bath Street in saying that there is a good community spirit between all of the people who have shops there.
Jason’s father Fred Davey owns seven shops at the bottom of Bath Street and rents them to several new businesses, including The Shed.
Jason, whose wife helps with the business, has a three-year-old son who he is already passing his skateboarding skills on to.
Erewash Borough Council confirmed it will provide a cutting-edge wheeled sports park in Kirk Hallam, catering for skateboarders, in-line skaters, scooters and BMX riders.
The park will be funded by the council, the lottery-funded Big Kirk Hallam project and not-for-profit business WREN. In the new year young people in Ilkeston will be asked for their views on the preferred design for the wheeled sports park, which will be built on the popular leisure centre site at the back of Windsor Crescent.
It is hoped the park will be open by summer 2016.
At a meeting in July 2014, Erewash Borough Council agreed to pay £43,650 towards a new skate park in Kirk Hallam.