- Hourly rate £30
- Response Time 12h
- Number of students 50+
Best Foot Forward Skate Academy - Offering fun and engaging Skateboarding lessons based in London. Both inside and outside of the skatepark
- at their home
- at your home
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Mark will be happy to arrange your first Skateboarding lesson.
About the lesson
At Best Foot Forward Skate Academy we aim to create a safe, inclusive and fun environment for learners of all levels, ages and backgrounds to progress and gain experience in the world of skateboarding.
With skateboarding being such an important part of our identities and lives we believe it is important to share this with as many people as possible, whether your personal goals are to cruise to the shops or become a world champion we all need guidance at the start.
Using both tried and tested progression methods and individual learning profiles and goals we are confident we can help you on your skateboard journey.
We teach all ages 4 and up and have teachers who can cater to all abilities and age groups, from kids to teens to adults. We teach just as many Adults as we do kids so don't be shy to get involved.
We offer 1-1 dedicated sessions as well as group sessions for those that would like to book with friends or join in with other learners at a reduced rate.
We Currently have set Locations in West London - Kensington Gardens and Meanwhile Gardens Skatepark
Two set locations in NW London - Queens Park and Roundwood Park Skatepark
And two set Locations in SW London in Battersea Park and Bishops Park skatepark in Fulham
We also offer traveling lessons but may ask for a longer lesson commitment if too far out - please message to find out.
If you want to scope us out more please check us out on our website:
Or by finding us @bestfootforwardskateacademy on Instagram
This profile is for Mark ( me) our lead instructor but we also have a team of experienced and helpful instructors who can help out if I am not available .
We look forward to hearing from you
- All Levels
My name is Mark Nolan, I am 32 years old and am based in the West London area. I have been skateboarding since I was a young teenager and have over a decade of experience on a skateboard.
As Best Foot Forward Skate Academy founder and lead instructor I am certified by SkateboardGB to teach anywhere in the UK and fully insured and DBS checked.
Alongside this I am certified to a level 2 standard in both Adult and child safeguarding as well as equality,diversity and human rights and health and safety.
Skateboarding is a huge passion of mine for both the physical activity and wider sense of community and culture it brings to my life.
Outside skateboarding I have spent close to 10 years working in the NHS with 4 of those years being in Operational Lead and Practice Manager roles of multiple Medical Centres where I was managing upwards of 20 Clinical and Non Clinical employees during the recent challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.
My time managing in the NHS has given me a focus on safety, quality and process led development and I aim to bring that approach to the thing I the love most – Skateboarding.
I look forward to meeting all our learners and bringing you the same level of quality without sacrificing any of the fun.
Skateboarding is a demanding activity with lots of challenges but can also be one of the most rewarding activities you can do and I believe everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality or age should be helped to feel confident to take their first steps into the skating world.
We are confident that myself and my team can help you on your journey in to the skateboarding world.
Perfect! James loved his lesson with Mark. Mark is a very good teacher & keeps you calm & relaxed.
- Mark's response : Had a great time with Karan's Son, we managed to really help his confidence and balance on the board and are looking forward to his progress!
Perfect! I had a great lesson with Mark!
And learned so much in only one hour.
- Mark's response : I had a great time teaching Fiona-Marie, we focused on movement as she was using a Surf-skate and did great to gain extra skills and confidence
Perfect! My son enjoyed Mark's lesson so MUCH, Mark is fun, chill and calm, I've never seen my son stays focus for that long, can't wait for another lesson with Mark.
Perfect! I would highly recommend Mark. He was willing to take on a relatively unusual skateboarding assignment but was highly professional throughout, arrived on time and was always patient, cheerful and friendly.
Perfect! Mark was a great instructor. As someone who has never stepped foot on a skateboard, he made me feel safe and confident. I am looking forward to my next lesson!
- Mark's response : A really enjoyable lesson, it was great to see Loren's (attending instead of Gabriel) confidence grow as we went through the basics of skateboarding and getting on the move !
Perfect! Great tutor, as a beginner newbie Mark was extremely patient and supportive. Would highly recommend Mark as an instructor to others just starting out on the board.
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Mark is very patient and encouraging and dos a great job making everyone feel confident and at ease. He is also extremely knowledgeable and passionate about skateboarding and does a great job getting everyone excited about it too.
Mark’s taught me so much over the years, he has the same excitement for teaching someone their first Ollie as he would have seeing someone hardflip a 10 set. Great guy and a brilliant teacher!
Very experienced skateboard instructor,
Really informative and knowledgeable for all levels of skill
The most patient teacher you could have. Mark is super encouraging and very technical in his teaching to make sure you get it right and don’t give up trying. I appreciated that the lessons were fun and laidback which helped take the pressure off when learning harder tricks. I was also surprised how much I managed to pick up in each lesson. Highly recommended.
I met mark through taking my son down to meanwhile gardens concrete bowl skatepark. I asked one of the local skateboarders if he had any tips for George (my son), he recommended that he should do lessons with mark if he wanted to advance quickly. My impression of mark was nothing but professional and deeply knowledgable in all facets of skateboarding. He was super patient and got on really well with George. He was able to teach him how to drop in on his first ever lesson! (Which he can now do by himself). I would definitely recommend mark and I’ve already booked a few more lessons for the following weeks ahead! Cheers, Paul.
Mark has taught my little one in the past and he was great!
Very patient and approachable and always making it fun.
Would definitely reccomend
My skating has been progressing really well with the help from Mark, he jas helped me feel much more confident on my board and Ive started to learn tricks, just needed some lessons and pro-tips to get me to the next level, super grateful to Mark and his coaching!
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- 5h: £150
- 10h: £300
Find out more about Mark
What age did you start playing sport? Tell us about this time or moment in your life.
I was always sporty as a child, before dedicating my passion to skateboarding i would play football, rugby and also do Karate at a young age.
What are your favourite sports; those that you practice at a high level, a simple hobby, and a sport that you'd still like to discover?
What gives you the motivation and passion to pursue your sport?
The sense of progression and accomplishment of figuring out and working your way to learning a new trick cant be matched anywhere else. The culture and community that comes with skateboarding and the influence that it holds over our everyday lives really drives me to keep coming back and skating whenever i can .
Do you have a sporting achievement that you're particularly proud of?
Coming back to skateboarding after 9 years out due to injury ( was a freak a collision with another person rather than fall). I had to rehab my body, relearn my tricks and regain my confidence after so long away. I feel this has really helped me in teaching others
How have your achievements and challenges made you a better sportsperson?
I feel that returning and reteaching my self at a much later age has lent itself well to teaching others and allows me to easily see things from the learners perspective.
If you had to go for a jog with a famous athlete, who would you choose? And what questions would you ask them?
Usain Bolt, so he could run very far ahead and i could listen to music instead
How do you help people stay motivated?
I feel that making sure that learners see the bigger picture with tricks and techniques is very important, it can take, days, months and years to master tricks on a skateboard and explaining the larger benefits of staying calm and not hyper focusing on negative aspects si very important.
What makes you a Superprof in sports?
My experience in all types of skating, my ability to keep people calm whilst still motivated to learn and my history of learning young and then relearning again to a high standard nearly a decade later means i can relate to all learners.