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By Katherine Silcock
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About this project

 

 We are the UK’s first and only Skateboard Deck Building and Design school, providing a unique learning opportunity, which has been tailored to suit young people who struggle to learn in mainstream education.

We help disengaged young people back into education by providing them with the opportunity to complete an accredited Business and Enterprise course which is based around the skateboard culture. We need your support to help us get specialist equipment that will open up the opportunities for our students and give them the chance to learn how to make professional products, which they can sell when they set up their own businesses.

The FAR Workshop
The FAR Workshop

The founder of The FAR Academy, Brent Lewis, has worked really hard to produce this amazing workshop, which allows the students to be creative and productive.

We are a Community Interest Company and as a non-profit organisation, every penny counts! We have already invested lots of money getting the premises and the equipment ready for the course. We finished our first year of the course in July 2016, and we found that by tapping into the student’s passion of skateboarding, we were able to grab their attention, and build their confidence and their ability to learn.

One of our creative students!
One of our creative students!

On our course we currently have 13 post 16 students who are learning the theory of setting up their own business project, whilst also learning the technique of making their own handmade skateboards from scratch. 

Our students making their decks!
Our students making their decks!

 The students then design their own artwork to complete their skateboard, with the aim for them to sell these within their business venture. We want them to think about making other products, developing their logos and even producing their own clothes line.

How we need your support  

We would like to be able to offer the students the chance to build up a portfolio of products to sell, alongside the skateboards which they are currently making. In order to do this, we need some specialist equipment. We would like to teach them how to hand screen t-shirts and bags etc with their own logos and so we need equipment to be able to complete this. We also need a laser cutter, which will enable the students to improve the designs on their skateboards, but also open up possibilities for them to make and logo other products. In order to be able to provide these worthy students with the equipment they need, The FAR Academy needs £10,000. By investing in this additional equipment we can open up different opportunities to these young people to support them in their business ventures.

Here are some pictures of some of the products that can be made with your help! 

An example of Far Academy mugs that will be printed by our students
An example of Far Academy mugs that will be printed by our students

 

Handmade key rings made from recycled skateboards.  Our students will use the laser cutter to add in text and logos.
Handmade key rings made from recycled skateboards. Our students will use the laser cutter to add in text and logos.

 

Students will taught the process of screen printing for T-Shirts, Bags, etc.
Students will taught the process of screen printing for T-Shirts, Bags, etc.

 

This is an example of Skate Art made by one of our students from a broken skateboard.  Having the laser cutter will open the opportunities for different designs.
This is an example of Skate Art made by one of our students from a broken skateboard. Having the laser cutter will open the opportunities for different designs.

 

By having a laser cutter, students will be able to laser straight onto their handmade skateboards.
By having a laser cutter, students will be able to laser straight onto their handmade skateboards.

 Thank you for taking the time to look at our project. It would be great if you could help us achieve our goal.

We hope you can support our project!
We hope you can support our project!

 

Risks and challenges

To complete this project we will need to be able to teach the students how to use the specialist equipment, whilst they are also completing their coursework. In order to prepare for this, the tutors have already found out the process of both screen printing and lazer cutting and so will be able to pass this knowledge straight to the students . We will ensure through our lesson planning that we programme enough time for these practical skills to be learnt.

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    FAR Academy Sticker and Pen

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    Key Ring Made from Recycled Skateboard

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    FAR Academy Mug

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    Skateboard Keyring with Custom Text

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    FAR Academy T-Shirt

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    Broken Skateboard Art

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    Handmade Skateboard with Laser Logo

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    Customised Skateboard Clock

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    Customised Professional Skateboard

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