Based in Corby, United Kingdom, Adrenaline Alley is a charitable award winning social enterprise and one of the biggest indoor parks for urban sports in the United Kingdom.
The place provides a safe and secure environment for young people in Northamptonshire – including those who are disabled and disadvantaged- to practice indoor BMX biking, skateboarding and in-line skating.
Adrenaline Alley took birth due to a sad incident that the founders wanted to turn in a positive experience. Mandy Young and her husband Paul founded the company after their son John was attacked one night by some local louts when he was just 14.
In his childhood John had battled a brain tumor because of which he suffered a major surgery, and follow radiotherapy and chemotherapy. By the time of the unfortunate attack John discovered a love of skateboarding and had made friends with a group of local skateboarders that helped him escape his worries about his appearance or feeling. After their son was brutally beaten up with his own skateboard by those who knew of his health issues, Mandy decided to create a safe place where young people can practice their favorite urban sports.
Adrenaline Alley took birth in 2003 thanks to the Mandy and Paul’s dedication as well as the support of a dedicated team of volunteers. This indoor urban sports park is also a social enterprise that maintains its sustainability and social impact through a variety of partnerships.
Sadly John died aged 24 in September 2010, but the alley is his legacy and his parents continue to develop it and make sure it remains one of the biggest and safest venues of its kind in the UK.
Adrenaline Alley’s inspiring story also became the subject of a film directed by Bafta nominee Paul Balmer that was recently shown to a limited audience. It took four months to make the film and the support of more than 80 volunteers. The production of the movie was funded by £10,000 from the county council and £10,000 from the Big Lottery Funds’ Awards For All scheme.
Sources: adrenalinealley.co.uk, northantstelegraph.co.uk