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Skaters get to work so that they can have fun.

SKATERS have banded together to campaign for a new skate park in Coventry.

Randeep Ahira, 14, wanted Coventry City Council to install facilities near his Allesley Park home, so he started a petition.

The youngster got nowhere so his older sister, Sangeeta, decided to give him a helping hand.

The 20-year-old, of Woodburn Close, said: "We got a group together, about eight of us at first, and got in touch with a youth worker."

After speaking to Yvette Alexander-Dhami, a senior youth worker at Whoberley youth and community centre, the group began working on a bid for funding.

Sangeeta, a classics student at Birmingham University, said: "There is a grant you can get if you are trying to do stuff for youths in your area. We thought we would research the project ourselves rather than asking the council to do it for us.

"We went round the country looking at other skate parks and put a booklet together and we are at the stage where we are making more people in the area aware."

Now the group is working on the size of the bid and finding the right location in the park.

Sangeeta added: "We really want this skate park. It is a community thing."

About 30 people attended a recent meeting about the skate park at Allesley Park community centre, including Cllr John Hillier (Con, Whoberley).

He said: "I am quite supportive of them. I feel that Allesley Park is a very nice park but it does lack facilities for the older children.

"I am very impressed - they are doing a very good job, they are not sitting back and expecting other people to do the work for them."

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CAMPAIGNING: (from left) James Ryan, Randeep Ahira, Andrew Duggan, Gurmukh Ahira, Daniel Puziak, Richard Harrison, Joseph Quinney and Ross Wykes. Picture: RICHARD NELMES
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Date:Sep 5, 2003
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