Rye pupil becomes boss of Hastings skate park for a day

Leo Harris with Source Park staff (left to right) Phil Martin, Matt Brown and Ed Bennett
Leo Harris with Source Park staff (left to right) Phil Martin, Matt Brown and Ed Bennett

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

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

In his winning entry for the competition, the eight-year-old described walking to school with Spiderman.

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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 café; 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.”

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, and offer prizes including story-time sessions with celebrities and authors and free-entry vouchers to leisure attractions such as Drusillas and Summerfields Leisure Centre. Find out more at Inspireschools.org.uk.