Exciting new facilities for young people at Grimsby's King George V Stadium

Lynsey Powles ran workshops with young people ahead of the opening, during May half term, to add some colour to the blank urban art panels
-Credit: (Image: Lincs Inspire)

Extra security measures at Grimsby's King George V Stadium have provided an ideal opportunity for new street art by young people.

Youths breaking into the five-a-side courts often left behind broken glass which meant play on the courts had to be cancelled and rebooked until it was cleared and safe for use again. Heavy duty wooden panels have been erected to boost security and have created an opportunity for young people to draw their own street art.

A series of skate ramps have also been installed to give diversionary activities to youths within Heneage ward. They will be open at King George V Stadium on Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 9pm and 8pm on Fridays.


The facilities, funded through the Community Safety Fund provided by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, open on Friday, June 14, from 4pm to 5.30pm, with young people invited to try out some urban art and test their skills on the new ramps.

Facilities and activities are designed to provide an outlet for both physical and creative energies, alongside reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour currently experienced within the venue.

Custom built skateboard ramps designed to cater for both experienced and inexperienced skaters are aimed at reducing unauthorised use of surrounding raised areas and will be free to use during the venue’s opening times, requiring users to register at the venue or online.

Local artist Lynsey Powles, well known for inspiring street art, and as the organiser of the annual “Reclaim” Cleethorpes Urban Arts Festival, brings her talents to this project, providing examples to inspire and encourage participation, supported by workshops aimed at honing skills and ensuring responsible use of these blank canvasses.

Artist Lynsey Downes with some of the young people who attended workshops over the Mary Half Term -Credit:Lincs Inspire
Artist Lynsey Downes with some of the young people who attended workshops over the Mary Half Term -Credit:Lincs Inspire

Ahead of the project’s launch, Euan Gloyn from Lincs Inspire, said: “We recognise that local youngsters are looking for things to do and we want to provide great experiences that can also be positive and beneficial to the venue and its other users.

“The initial street art emerging at the venue, is very eye-catching, Lyns, Hyro and Phil of HelloHipHop have done an incredible job, and this is just the start. Ultimately all these boards will be filled with colour and creativity. Lynsey aims to teach young people new skills and illustrate the diverse abundance of talented creative minds in the area.”

A Code of Conduct will also be in place and users will be required to follow this, especially if they want to keep testing their physical and creative skills.

For more information about the project, visit www.lincsinspire.com/skate-streetart