SCOOTER-MAD youngsters got to be part of a nail-biting display thanks to a visit from a daredevil stunt team.
Scooters are popular with children at St James’ Primary, Emsworth, as a way of getting to and from school.
But they’ll never look at them in the same way again after the thrilling performance by the UK Madd Gear Scooter Team.
The children were amazed by flips over ramps by Terry Price and his team-mates.
The break from the normal school routine was all thanks to scooter-loving Max Palmer, 10, who emailed UK Madd and asked if the team would stop by to show them some tricks.
Max said: ‘I saw their website and was impressed, so I sent them an email.
‘I thought it would be great for whole school to see as well as for those of us who go to Emsworth skatepark regularly with our scooters.’
He added: ‘I was also keen to learn a bit more about safety. I’ve seen a few bad accidents over the last year.
‘There was one boy who broke his knee in four places and a friend of mine tore a ligament in his leg.
‘The fear of falling and hurting yourself puts some people off which is a shame as it’s a fun way to get exercise and spend time with friends.’
Matisse Moretti, 11, was one of the lucky pupils who were treated to a UK Madd scooter workshop.
He said: ‘I feel a lot more confident now – I can go down a ramp without worrying I’m going to fall and break a leg.
‘We’re all looking forward to playing with our scooters in the park this summer.’
Teacher Michelle Ifould praised the children for taking the initiative.
She added: ‘The atmosphere in the playground was electric. The children loved the display.
‘Scooters are just as popular as bicycles at our school. It’s a huge relief knowing the children are conscious about being safe.’