Adrenaline Alley: The Movie coming soon

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The inspirational story behind Adrenaline Alley in Corby, the region’s biggest skate park, is to be told in a movie.

The project by the county-based UK Film School is being funded with £10,000 from the county council and £10,000 from the Big Lottery Funds’ Awards For All scheme.

American professionals visit Adrenaline Alley in Corby

American professionals visit Adrenaline Alley in Corby

On Saturday a meeting is being held at the alley in Arnsley Road, starting at midday, and everyone interested in being part of the project is invited to go along.

Mandy Young set up the urban sports centre after her late son John Chard-Young was beaten up with his own skateboard when he was just 14.

Her aim was to create a safe haven where young people could enjoy themselves.

Adrenaline Alley has gone from strength to strength and now attracts thousands of young people a year from all over the region.

John, who had battled a brain tumour, died aged 24, in September 2010 but the alley is his legacy and the movie will tell his story.

Mandy said: “I have told the story of how Adrenaline Alley came to be many, many times.

“Sometimes it can be therapeutic, but sometimes it can be distressing.

“Once Adrenaline Alley: The Movie is finished, the film will tell the story.”

Course director at the UK Film School Gary Halliday, a professional actor and director, said: “Behind Adrenaline Alley is an inspirational story of how the skate park came to be and how it can influence the lives of young people.

“The story follows Mandy, a young mother who struggles for answers to the condition of her son, John.

“As the story quickly develops more problems arise and Mandy makes a rash but brilliant decision to set up a skate park.

“What starts as a small ramp soon turns into something a lot bigger. Adrenaline Alley: The Movie will bring alive the story of a persistent mother who built a skate park to save her son and ended up helping a community along the way.”

Adrenaline Alley is now looking for members and riders and people from the community who would like to be involved in the project, in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.

Mandy said: “We are hoping to start filming in December but first we need to find people who are interested in being involved.

“It’s a really exciting project and we will be looking for actors, writers, researchers, plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators and lighting technicians.

“There will be so many skills involved.

“This is a unique opportunity for people to get involved in telling an inspirational story and they don’t need any experience. We’re looking for commitment, whether its crew members or actors.”