PlayStation 2 is pleased to announce a unique partnership with The Works in Leeds. The PS2 Works Academy is Europe’s first free-sport training facility and was set up in direct response to the free sport community needing a place that could implement grass roots skills for those new to the sports and equip already talented riders and skaters with the skills to compete at the highest level.
Athletes will be coached and mentored in BMX by Olympic BMX coach Jeremy Hayes, Matt Thompson, Tom Rowbottom and Danny Clayton. They can also play on broadband enabled PlayStation 2’s and can work on internet-ready PCs in the PS2 lounge.
Carl Christopher at PlayStation 2 states, â€œOur involvement with The Works enables us to make a contribution towards the next wave of talent for urban and free-sports in the UK and provide a social and educational centre for all levelsâ€?
The courses at the PS2 Works Academy are set up in two ways: Two hour courses and all day courses. The former is aimed at learners of all ages to establish basic skills like how to use the ramps and obstacles or how to do basic tricks. The later courses are aimed at the more advanced free-sport riders and cover health and safety, spatial awareness, lines in the park, tricks, demos by coaches, video time, designing t-shirts, basic film editing and maintaining of equipment i.e. bikes. The courses can run for 1, 2 or 3 days.
All courses are flexible and are tailored to individual skill levels so people can dip in and out. They can also be tailored to a specific set of targets. All participants are presented with a certificate of achievement at the end of each course.
â€˜We are delighted that PlayStation 2 have recognised and share our vision for The Academy. The whole PlayStation 2 concept will bring a great new dimension to The Works both in terms of education and fun. This partnership will be a great launch pad for our Olympic hopefuls for 2012.’ says Simon Clark, chairman and co-founder of The Works.
Without a doubt this exciting partnership will position PlayStation 2 and The Works at the fore-front for the development of new talent in free-sports, raising the bar for the entire industry. Coming at a time when BMX riding has been named as an Olympic sport in the 2008 Beijing games these are the first big steps in the development of our free sport superstars of tomorrow.
Â£10 for 2 hour course / Â£35 for a day including lunch and certificate