WHERE IT ALL STARTED

Back in the summer of 1997 two young(ish) lads with fire in their bellies and too much cricket on the telly were searching for somewhere to put their audacious plan into action. Rob and Tom were combing the city for a suitable venue for an indoor skatepark, and when Rob found a spacious warehouse in Sheffield’s industrial quarter, with his initials already painted onto the carpark, it was clear fate had played a hand. The House was meant to be. Fast forward a few months and on 7th May 1998 The House Skatepark opened its doors for the first time, initially created from more MDF than you’d find on a TV makeover show and funded with a loan from the Princes Youth Business Trust. While time, Tom, and the MDF have all moved on, Rob is still behind the counter and the House has become a local institution with its annual Comp a highlight in the skating calendar. If there is such a thing. The skatepark is a regular stopping off point for national tours and hosts skate video premiers in its swanky bar area, the James Boxhall memorial bar. Over the years the park has changed a lot with the addition of extra space which is filled by the only concrete indoor bowl in the north, a fully stocked shop selling skateboard and scooter parts and lets not forget the contantly changing street course.