Leo takes charge at skate park

Leo Harris, 8, with staff at Source Park

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A primary school pupil took charge of a popular BMX and skate venue after winning a creative writing contest run by Inspire Schools.

Rye Community Primary School pupil Leo Harris, 8, settled into the hot seat at Source Park in Hastings after winning a superhero-themed creative writing challenge.

Leo’s winning entry described walking to school with Spiderman.

He spent his day at Source Park road-testing its bikes, scooters and facilities; checking first-aid equipment; making sure the venue’s shop was fully stocked; serving customers in the cafe; and going through HR issues with assistant manager Nicola Miller.

After a hard day’s work, he was in no doubt about what he enjoyed most. He said: “My favourite part was watching people do stunts and riding their skate boards.”

An impressed Source Park employee George Legg said: “It was great meeting our new boss, Leo. He was tough but fair.”

Inspire Schools works with schools across Sussex, Kent, London and East Anglia, promoting child well-being and educational performance.

Its core projects are reading-rewarding scheme Buster’s Book Club and green-travel initiative Active Wow. They use friendly competition to motivate children to read more at home and walk, ride or scooter to school. Prizes include story-time sessions with celebrities and authors, and free-entry vouchers to leisure attractions such as Drusillas and Summerfields Leisure Centre.

Watch a video about Leo’s day at Source Park here:

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