YOUNG extreme sports fans in Swindon are eagerly awaiting the return of the Urban Rider Games.

The Advertiser is once again proud to support this free family fun day of sports and fun activities which is being held at the ATB Shop next month for the fifth consecutive year.

Sports professionals including mountainboard world champion Matt Brind will judge the skating, biking and scooter-riding skills of advanced riders while children of all abilities can have a go in the junior rounds, cheered on by a supportive audience.

The event’s organiser Diana Kirk said: “We're super excited about it, it's all about the community coming together to take part in something they're passionate about and support Swindon's sports scene.

"We're really pleased that this has been going for five successful years, it's lovely when I see kids wearing T-shirts from previous events or passing them to their siblings, plus this year we're offering prizes worth a total of £5,000 from our sponsors.

"GoPro donated a £400 camera, Waitrose helped us raise £300, and GreenSquare and Hill Recycling have supported us this year which is great because hosting this event costs thousands and we do it all for free."

Entry to the competitions costs £10 and those who enter before April 11 will get a free T-shirt worth £15. The event will also offer a graffiti workshop and an interactive demonstration by longboard riders for families to enjoy.

Diana added: "Extreme sports like skating, scooter riding and BMXing are a great outlet for kids, anyone's accepted and it's not about how good you are, it's about how much fun you have. You're actively encouraged to do well, you're cheered on when you do well and picked up when you fall or mess up. It's like a second family for these youngsters."

"We've been campaigning for years to improve the skate park by the Oasis and offer mor, especially since so many youth services have been cut."

The Urban Rider Games returns on Good Friday, April 16, from 12pm to 10.30pm. Visit