Rolladome – Home of Recreational Skating Since 2009
In 2009 we established RollaDome All Skate, a registered Charity, in North West London. It is run largely by volunteers and provides a broad range of recreational skating activities for young people and their families in local communities. Our main focus is on young people whose ages range from 4 to 18 but adults are also included through their participation in family skating events.
We introduce roller skating in a fun and relaxed environment. We offer roller skating lessons to learners at all levels, including adults, followed by coached training programmes in a number of roller sports including Skate Fit, Roller Derby, Inline Freestyle Skating, Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Inline and Quad Hockey.
Roller sports are particularly suited to young people from disadvantaged areas, who, for a variety of reasons, have little interest in the traditional competitive team games favoured by most schools and youth clubs. We run roller skating clubs in local schools and regular roller skating events for families, including roller discos. We also organise community-based recreational skating projects, workshops and summer camps for young people, using a variety of venues including sports centres, schools and parks.
We maintain a low instructor-to-student ratio, so as to ensure that all participants receive a high level of attention and support. Each of our eleven coaches has (as a minimum) a Level 1 Coaching qualification, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate and extensive experience in teaching young children.
We provide all the equipment required and teach children the basics of each Roller Sport through structured, non-competitive, team-based activities in a safe, inclusive environment. Each individual coaching session in any Roller Sport lasts for one or two hours, depending on group ability. Our training programmes run for twelve weeks and we grade participants according to the system adopted by the National Governing Body of each Roller sport.
Our Mission is to change the lives and expectations of young people and their families through participation in roller sports, We encourage them to be active, to learn new skills, to appreciate the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, to participate in recreational and competitive sport and develop a positive sense of well-being.
Roller sports are an enjoyable form of intensive exercise. They develop dexterity, balance, posture, confidence and self-discipline. They combat obesity, improve endurance, strength, flexibility and coordination. They also help young people to appreciate their own worth, increase their circle of friends and learn the social skills which will encourage them to participate more fully in the life of their school and their local community.
Working with local communities since 2009 has made us aware of some positives and negatives. On the positive side, we have come across talented local people whose full potential had yet to be realised. On the negative side we have discovered that a fair number of local children need a lot of support because, for a variety of reasons, they have fallen far behind in their school work.
We at RollaDome recognised that we could act as a catalyst for change in local communities by extending our vision. We could use our expertise and experience as organisers, managers and coaches to help talented local people reach their potential through a variety of training programmes leading to recognised qualifications and employment.
Simultaneously we realised that a similar strategy might also help children who had fallen far behind in their school work. We were convinced that they could catch up and do well at school if they received tuition on a one-to-one basis outside the school environment. Such tuition, we knew, would do more. It would focus on the needs of the individual, motivate learners at all age levels, boost their performance, increase their confidence and make learning an enjoyable experience.
We soon realised that the resources required to bring such a tutoring service into operation already existed. They were the intelligent and motivated local men and women who were more than capable of acting as local tutors provided that they could be trained and organised to fulfil that role. We encouraged them to come forward and, following initial training as tutors, they became part of a new tutoring service for children, young people and adults which is provided by RollaDome.
Tuition, which can take place in the home or at approved locations, is tailored to local needs and includes Catch Up courses in literacy and numeracy, revision courses relating to GCSE and A Level subjects, business courses and courses in personal development. In line with our emphasis on personal development we also run Duke of Edinburgh Award and Young Leaders training programmes for young people in our area.
Our Community Hub
In August 2017 we at Rolladome acquired a large area of office-space which we use not only as our own base but as a Community Hub for local groups and organisations who work in partnership with us. We offer them office accommodation, rooms for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and networking events. We also provide them with facilities for hot desking, staff training and a whole host of other activities. We manage the Community Hub, co-ordinating bookings and offering our partners support in the marketing and the running of events and other activities including our own outreach programmes.
At RollaDome we quickly became aware of the dynamic influence of modern media on the everyday lives of young people and on their interaction with sport. We felt that we could easily turn this influence to our advantage if we developed our own expertise in the field and used it for the benefit of local communities, businesses and organisations. As a result we set up an in-house media team.
Our Media Team
Our media team has expertise in photography, video production, sound recording, studio work, computer coding and strategies to optimise the use of social media. The team manages all our in-house media requirements. These include contributions from everybody. All our young people are continually given opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned as an important part of their personal development. These include training courses which they can follow in photography, video, sound recording, computer coding and the use of social media. It is a short step from their experience of roller sports to their involvement in the world of video production and studio work and all of these combine to widen their horizons and offer them new job opportunities.
Our Media Team also makes its services and expertise available to other organisations, who, like ourselves, are working to break down barriers and change the lives and expectations of people who live in disadvantaged communities. The Media Team also works in partnership with others for the benefit of young people. Recently, for example, as part of the Music Potential project, our Media Team, in partnership with Capital Radio 1Xtra, provided 60 young people with professional training in the use of Social Media as part of their preparation for employment in the sector.
People mistakenly think that, because RollaDome is a registered Charity, we are fully funded by government. We are not, and never have been. We continually put a vast amount of time and energy into fund-raising. It never ceases. We need to generate enough revenue to survive and on a few occasions in the past our survival was in doubt. We live in hope and on hard work. But we have one great asset. We are very close to our community in North West London, we identify with them, we understand the needs and aspirations of their young people and we work with them to make their dreams a reality. The community, in return, provides us with a team of indispensable local volunteers whose contribution makes RollaDome the success that it is.
For further information, please visit our website at: http://www.rolladome.org.uk
Phone: 0208 838 1171
26 Newark Crescent, North Acton, London, United Kingdom, NW10 7BD