For a few years now, our friends 7Hills Skatepark have been running incredible skate programs from their unique location in Amman, Jordan. Jordan has an immensely diverse population, with 57 nationalities represented, and is one of the world’s top 10 countries in terms of the number of refugees it hosts.
This is a population that we want to reach as we believe in the power of skateboarding to bring communities together and to overcome barriers. So we were beyond stoked to set up a new partnership with 7Hills to get Skateistan programs up and running in Jordan!
The awesome 7Hills team began running Skateistan programs at the end of May this year and they’re currently running Outreach sessions as well as Skate and Create. These programs are perfect for new locations as they introduce children and the community to the idea of skateboarding as well as offering a creative outlet and a chance to learn some new skills.
The programs are currently running in two locations - Zarqa and Irbid. And we are delighted to let you know that there are already over 200 children attending these sessions each week! For most of these children, this is the first time they have stepped on a skateboard and the expert coaches at 7Hills are already helping them to make awesome progress.
We are super thankful to 7Hills for being amazing partners and helping to get Skateistan off the ground in Jordan. And we’re excited to keep you updated as to how our programs are growing and what the next steps will be for a Skateistan future in Jordan!