Graystone Action Sports Academy opened its doors to the public this weekend, and Gareth Vogan took the opportunity to explore the brand-new facility.
Rob Taylor and I were able to run a Futures Session at Graystone with over 30 young, aspiring freestyle athletes from the Snowsport England Park & Pipe Academy, Moguls Academy and the Futures Project testing out the Graystone Action Sports Academy.
Fun & Friendly Environment
Entering Graystone, the first thing that hit me was the warm and welcoming atmosphere. I’ve spent a lifetime visiting skateparks where there’s an air of uncertainty, it’s all set in a sketchy warehouse and the only chill-out space is a lumpy sofa and a vending machine. At Graystone, you’re at the other end of the spectrum. A bar upstairs offers you a panoramic view of the park, a wide selection of hot and cold food, and a refreshing collection of beverages. The décor in the bar sets the tone, with breath-taking shots by Victor Daviet lining the walls.
Before I even set foot in the park, I felt confident and relaxed – 2 key elements for progression and enjoyment in any sport, but particularly action sports.
After a safety briefing from the Graystone team - we and took our first tentative steps into what we’d soon realise was paradise.