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Award-winning skateboard organisation Skateistan claims 2020 IOC Women and Sport World Award

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Skateistan is an award-winning modern success story, using skateboarding and education to empower children and particularly girls. Its programmes now reach over 2500 children aged five to seventeen years of age, in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. 

“It was amazing when girls stepped on a skateboard because they didn’t ride bicycles, they didn’t play volleyball and they didn’t play football” says Skateistan founder Oliver Percovich. “They weren’t allowed to do those things because they were seen as activities for boys, and skateboarding was new so it didn’t have these societal rules that said that girls couldn’t do it.”

In many countries sporting opportunities for girls are limited. Yet close to 50% of Skateistan participants are female. Skateistan strives to create female-first environments by employing female teachers and staff, running female-only classes and girl’s days, and providing indoor, culturally-appropriate facilities.

Says Percovich: “It really came from those brave girls on the streets of Kabul that didn’t care what other people were thinking watching them step on a skateboard, and I’m sure they got a lot of abuse from older brothers and sisters, from their parents and people in the street, and they didn’t care. They were brave and they became role models for other girls. Today skateboarding is the largest sport for girls in Afghanistan.”

 

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