Flo skatepark in Nottingham show their morale to International Women’s History month by holding women only skate nights at their park.

Women’s history month is a time that celebrates the often overlooked contributions of women in society and culture. It commemorates the study and observance of the vital role of women in history.

The Flo Charitable Trust praises itself on providing equality of services and care to everyone, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation.

This idea came back in February 2020 when Flo skate park’s inclusivity officer, Meg Elisabeth started to notice “women being pushed to the side” in the mixed gender nights. From there, she asked around to see if the women would be on board with these specific nights and not to her surprise, they all agreed it would be a great idea.

“So there was a bit of a gap, and we had to increase women’s participation a bit more, we had a space for it and there was a growing population of female skaters and they wanted their own space as they found they had to fight for their space in the open sessions.”

In the other sessions it’s very male dominated so you don’t get much room or even chances to practise skills

These nights take place every first and third Saturday of the month and have gained lots of traction from their coverage on their Instagram page @flo_womxn_girls. By Flo Skatepark having these women only nights they set themselves different from the rest making women and girls feel more included.

Audio: Heidi Johnstone, a female skater talks about her experiences with Flo Skatepark’s women only nights

“It makes me feel good, it’s very important to me, a lot of people would say that it’s only creating further barriers but like I said before, it makes people for more included because you’ve got that space to practise and then you can transfer those skills to the wider community rather than feeling segregated and outside.

It’s really really important that we have this space to build a community and find like minded people”.