Minister visits Adrenaline Alley in Corby

Standing, from left, world champion BMX freestyle rider Alex Colborn, Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Mandy Young from Adrenaline Alley, Corby Council leader Tom Beattie and Adrenaline Alley trustee Joe Dickinson. Front, Minister Francis Maude tries out a BMX while Tom Justice does some stunts

Standing, from left, world champion BMX freestyle rider Alex Colborn, Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Mandy Young from Adrenaline Alley, Corby Council leader Tom Beattie and Adrenaline Alley trustee Joe Dickinson. Front, Minister Francis Maude tries out a BMX while Tom Justice does some stunts

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Government Minister Francis Maude visited Corby’s Adrenaline Alley on Monday to get a first-hand look at its ongoing mission to provide a safe and secure environment for young people to take part in urban sports.

Mr Maude, who is the Minister for the Cabinet Office, was taking part in a tour of a number of Midlands charities, businesses and organisations where he was championing a number of social enterprises.

Adrenaline Alley, in Priors Haw Road, is a charitable enterprise. It was set up in 2002 and moved to its current location in 2006.

It was created by Mandy Young and her husband Paul as a result of the experiences of their son John, who died in 2010.

Mandy learned her son had been the target of bullies in 2001 and had struggled through his childhood due to an undiagnosed brain tumour, which resulted in major surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

After consulting John and his friends, it was apparent that they struggled to enjoy sports like skateboarding because of the lack of facilities and the intimidation of other young people.

Mandy decided to create her own facility and since then Adrenaline Alley has grown to be the largest indoor skate park in Europe.

It employs 22 people and more than 40 volunteers.

Mandy said Mr Maude was interested to learn about the history of Adrenaline Alley during his visit.