About Us

Forres Skate Park Initiative is a registered charity that was formed in 2019. We started out as a skateboarding group talking about wanting a skate park in Forres after the one behind the Forres Academy. In 2020 we formed as a charity and are now moving the project forward to create an outdoor venue for skateboarders, scooters, bmx and inline, where young people can improve their skills as well as socialise in a safe environment.

Forres Skate Park Initiative (SCIO) is made up of a small but very competent committee with a good range of professional skills and interests. We are also looking for new people to join our board of trustees and anyone who is interested should contact the Chair or Secretary for more information.

Mission Statement - OUR VISION FOR FORRES SKATE PARK

  • To be a regional and national centre of excellence for extreme sports. We aim to achieve this by:
  • Ensuring the long term financial viability of the Skatepark by generating sufficient income to sustain and continuously improve the Skatepark and its facilities
  • Being recognised as a skatepark of significance, with strong historical ties locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Catering for skating, skateboarding, BMX and scooter riding at all levels from beginner to professional
  • Hosting a rich programme of events at local and national and potentially international level.
  • Fostering local talent and giving all users the opportunity to reach their potential
  • Building partnerships with local schools and other organisations, including encouraging the inclusion of extreme sports in the sports curriculum

Meet the team

Alan James

Hon President

Awaiting Bio

Shaun Moat

Chair

Shaun is the Owner of Moray Digital Ltd and 3rd Pixel Based in Kinloss which provides marketing and websites to clients across the UK. Shaun was previously the Chair of Forres Osprey Bus (SCIO), Forres Community Council and Forres Area Soccer 7s. A Veteran of the Royal Air Force he has lived in the Forres Area since 1997. Shaun has a passion in community involvement and is very keen to ensure the youth of Forres have a place to call their own.

Kev Skivington

Vice Chair

Working as a Police constable based in Lossiemouth, Kevin was previously stationed at Elgin and Forres. Whilst in Forres he was the Community Police Officer building connections with all schools and Head Teachers in the Forres area. Outside work he is involved with Forres Highland Games and Forres Osprey Bus (SCIO). Kevin have previously been the Child Protection Officer for Forres Area Soccer 7s and was involved for many years as Operations Manager for the European Pipe Band Champions in Forres

Mel Bowcutt

Secretary

Awaiting Bio

Michael Robertson

Treasurer

Michael is the owner of ESP, the north’s board sports specialist providing the finest snow, surf, skate, and dart boards, along with footwear, clothing, and accessories. He has been working to deliver a skate park for the past 15 years and has been actively involved in the previous committees prior to this charity. Michael has extensive knowledge of skate parks and is also a keen skater.

Fiona Rodgers

Trustee

Fiona has previously worked in children’s activities, community arts, musician youth & leader at regular roller discos. Fiona’s children have all grown up and she has now taken up roller derby exercise. Fiona feels locally there’s a very strong need for a skate facility and is the reason she is involved with the skate park group. Since being part of the group, she has run successfully fundraising events and took part in further training.

Catriona Horne

Trustee

Catriona left Forres in 1994 to study Publishing at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Following a 15-year career in the print, graphics and communications industry, Catriona re-trained as a primary school teacher. She has taught in schools in Angus, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and now lives and works in Forres. Catriona was a keen skateboarder throughout her late teens and twenties and at the time, was one of the few girls involved in the Aberdeen skate scene. Catriona now skates with her daughter and believes a skatepark in Forres would be a major asset to the community. She is dedicated to helping create a space that promotes physical and mental wellbeing and is inclusive of all ages and abilities.

Nikk Horne

Trustee

Works as a self-employed Senior 3D CAD Designer within the Subsea Oil & Gas Industry. He recently moved with his family from Aberdeen to Forres. Nikk was a skateboarder & snowboarder in the Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire area from 1987 to 2008 but retired his boards due to a hereditary disability. Nikk is still involved with the skate scene through his Wife Catriona and their 2 children. He has also designed & built several skateboard ramps over the years and is now keen to be part of his new community, offering his 3D CAD & skateboard experience to aid with the initial skatepark concepts & designs.

John Ryder

Trustee

Having left the RAF after 22 years’ service, John now works for Boeing as a P-8A Poseidon Pilot Instructor at RAF Lossiemouth, settling in Forres with Siobbhan and their 3 children. Although keen to pick up where he left the ‘skating thing’ 30 years ago, his main motivation for involvement with the Forres Skate Park Initiative, is to create healthy opportunities for the Town’s youngsters. However, he is also committed to reducing the significant carbon footprint associated with driving his own kids to Hopeman skatepark!