Patience. May 2011, a danish girl called Natalia Genet reached out about a skate project in Sisimiut Greenland. I just finished my research and put time and energy in getting baseline and funding for Greenlands 1st sk8 bowl (2012). What followed was the establishment of Nuuk Skatepark in 2013. What followed then, apart from Urban Street Camps in Sisimiut, was focus on building Urban Hero School in Sisimiut and Sk8 Empowerment Qaqortoq. Urban Hero School never materialized.
Natalia had a vision already in 2011. "My project is to build a hall with a large indoor skatepark with skate-school where there are skate lessons for children and youth sports classes during school hours. Skate school has also team-teaching as a leisure activity".
After completing Nuuk skatepark in 2013, Natalia and Pivotech + Municipality of Sisimiut put a lot of effort to build https://issuu.com/urbangreenland/docs/urbangreenland
Elemental ingredient in working with youth and urbanity in Greenland has been the local community. You can decribe it from many perspectives nevertheless, it has always been my, and I think also Natalia's goal, to do the local in terms of the local intiative. Create spaces of opportunities and be honest about the receiver/actor initiator-side of empowerment.
Shortly put seven years later, Sisimiut native Inuk Siegstad pops up on Danish national TV proclaiming; "..if I win, I will build an indoor skatepark so that we can run in winter time as well...".
Image: screenshot DR-television 29-01-2017
Sports, knowledge and community
Inuk Siegstad #danmarkhartalentTalentedGreenland
#staystrong Natalia Genet, #staystrong Inuk Siegstad
When this shout out goes to Inuk, it goes to many inuit in broadest sense. Our projects wouldn’t have been possible without the kind help and support from a number of both Greenlandic and Danish funds, sponsors and individuals.
Thank you all for supporting Urban Greenland: sports, knowledge and community
FUNDS & SPONSORS (2012 – 2014 respectively):
Mikropuljefonden IKIOQATIGIITTA, Kronprins Frederik og Kronprinsesse Marys fond, Det Kongelige Grønlands Fond, Lauritzenfonden, Kai Houmann Fond, Lions Sisimiut, Rotary, NAPA – Norden, DC, Califonia Sports, SK8M, Ittu Net, Pikkori Sport, STARK – Sisimiut, Brugsen – Sisimiut, Tuborg Sport, Igloo Mountain ApS, Sirius Greenland ApS, Pisiffik – Sisimiut, Artic Star ApS, Brøndum – Sisimiut, Polar Magasinet, BJ Entreprise A/S, VVS Service Sisimiut A/S, Butik Inuk, Sisimiut Malerentreprise A/S, Polar Entreprise A/S