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Janwaar Castle is a learning camp with a skatepark at its core. It's a social experiment and the goal is to transform the village of Janwaar into a wealthier and more prosperous place.

Janwaar Castle was covered in various media outlets – here is a selection of the most important ones in chronological order.
For media inquiries please call +91 9717133445 or send an email to m2 (at) ioda (dot) in. Thank you!

July 31 2017, India’s first rural skateboard park, in: The Christians Science Monitor weekly by Ahmer Kahn, Print Edition



June 20, 2017, La première compétition de skate en Inde au Janwaar Castle by Manu Massabova, TheRiderPost.com


June 2017, Wheels of Change by Wyanet Vaz, The Verve Magazine, Print Edition




June 2017, Talk by Ulrike Reinhard at TEDxBITSGoa in January 2017


June 2, 2017, Janwaar Castle: India’s first rural Skateboarding Park set up by a German Lady for children of Janwaar Village, by Nazneen Kachwala in The Optimist Citizen


May 22, 2017, India’s Biggest Skateboard Park In This Village Is Challenging The Caste System And Other Odds, The Logical Indian


April 10, 2017, Meet Ulrike Reinhard, founder of “Janwaar Castle” Skateboarding sport; soon to be introduced in NE! by Payal Bhattacharjee, The NorthEast Today (TNT)

April 8, 2017, Play and skating save a village by Arati K Prasen, New Indian Express (Bangalore)


March 7, 2017, When a Skateboard Transforms a Village | Ulrike Reinhard | TEDxGurugram

March 2017, Janwaar Castle as a comic strip in Tinkle


February 25, 2017 Ragazze in skate, alla conquista della libertà (e di un futuro) by Alessandra Muglia – Corriere Della Sera, Italy

January 18, 2017 This is our second small media coverage in Germany, Ulrike’s home country. It’s published today by Jana-Marie Kophstahl, Closer, Bauer Lifestyle KG (print)


January 4, 2017 A Skatepark in Janwaar by Harshikaa Udasi, Opening Doorz Editorial


December 25, 2016 Discovery Channel, India My Way

December 19, 2016 Wheels Up: India’s Largest Skate Park Is Changing Lives in TakePart, Participant Media


December 4, 2016 Let It Flow: A skateboarding star is helping locals in Janwaar, Madhya Pradesh, access clean water by Shail Desai in firstpost



November 26, 2016 Mint Lounge (offline and online): The skateboarders of Janwaar by Pradip Kumar Saha


November 14, 2016 Dainik Bhanik (Panna)


November 13, 2016 Sunday Guardian (Delhi): The Gift of Speed


October 31, 2016 Hindustan Times (Mumbai): “Wheels of Change!” by Partik Chorge


October 8, 2016 NDTV, India: When You Dare To Dream

In this 10 minute documentary – very beautifully done – you will eet Asha Adivasi, a girl from Janwaar, who until a year back could not even speak a word of English. She will now travel to Oxford to learn better English.

September 24, 2016 Hindustan Times: “Wheels up: Skateboards are bringing change to a tribal hamlet in MP” by Humaira Ansari



September 17, 2016 in The Quint: “Skateboard Revolution: A Village’s Wheelie Act, Courtesy Children” by Kirti Phadtare Pandey


September 14, 2016 in 101india.com: The Barefoot Skateboarders – A short documentary

India’s largest skateboarding park isn’t in a big city, it’s in a small village in Madhya Pradesh.

A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard – a German national – established a skate park in Janwaar, Madhya Pradesh in February 2015, with the help of a few Indian and international skateboarding organisations. The region to which the village belongs is notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Ulrike and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues.

September 11, 2016 in Hindustan Times, Bhopal: MP tribal girl to study in an Oxford school in Britain by Khushboo Joshi




August 29, 2016 in Whistler Question: Locals organize Skate for India fundraiser – Pemberton event raised nearly $1,000 for a non-profit organization in rural India




August 23, 2016, Huffington Post, Why A German Woman Built A Skatepark In Rural Madhya Pradesh by Adrija Bose



August 23, 2016 Podcast with Ulrike Reinhard: An Independent Traveler and A Social Changemaker by Rohan Pothar.


August 18, 2016   AMA (Ask me anything) with Reddit.in

For more than one hour our CEO, Ulrike Reinhard, answered many questions regarding Janwaar Castle.


August 12, 2016: Here are two links from Stephen Downes whom I’ve been following for many years now – he is commenting on our latest interactions with Janwaar Castle in a very profound and understanding way. Thank you Stephen.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

This German woman in India had the perfect lesson for her 14-yr-old harasser


August 9, 2016, mathrubhumi.com, 2020-ലെ ഒളിമ്പിക്‌സിന് ഞങ്ങളുമുണ്ട് by Remya Harikumar




August 8, 2016, Deutsche Welle,From blackboard to skateboard in India a short documentary by Onkar Singh Janoti(below is a short version, click on the link above to see the full version)




August 6, 2016, Hindustan Times, “German woman coaches young skateboarding daredevils” by Khushboo Joshi

ulrike-reinhard-slowly-prepares-courtsy-bullet-while_9f69102c-5d2f-11e6-9978-9f336ca1cc3eAugust 3, 2016,  The Better India, Kids teach cops skateboarding

August 2, 2016,  ScoopWhoop, Kids From A Remote Village In MP Are Teaching Cops To Skate & It’s As Fun As It Sounds by Shalin Jacob



April 13, 2016, Homegrown.in, Meet An Organisation That Has Brought Skateboarding To Rural India
by Sara Hussain


March 29, 2016, Newspaper in Education, a Times of India publication (print only), by Kumar Saurav

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March 28, 2016, Patrika, India’s leading Hindi newspaper, MP edition (print only)

March 20, 2016, Patrika, India’s leading Hindi newspaper, MP edition (print only)

Besides the fact that I, Ulrike Reinhard, haven’t bought any land – everything else is (almost) fine :-)
Thank you!

March 2, 2016, HarmonyIndia.org
On a roll by Shail Desai

January 12, 2016, Homegrown.co.in
India’s skate map – A look at all 17 skateparks across the country


“The Janwaar skatepark is truly one of a kind. Located in the eastern buffer zone of the Panna National Tiger Reserve, it is India’s first rural skatepark and also the largest, sprawling over 450 sqm. They follow a ‘No Government School. No Skateboarding.’ rule to encourage the village kids to study, and it works. The park was completed in February 2015 with the support of skate-aid e.V (Munster, Germany), Freemotion (Delhi) and 12 volunteers from 7 countries.”

January 3, 2016, Asian Age Supplement, Change Makers


December 26, 2015, NDTV – a nationwide NEWS program in India. It’s funny, the NDTV editor in MP has recorded it with his cell phone while the story was broadcast on TV. The recording was sent to me via Whatsapp :-)

December 13, 2015, Scroll.in : Game-changer Why kids are zooming about on skateboards in this sleepy Madhya Pradesh village by Shail Deasai. And here is the video by Scroll.in which was published on December 16, 2015.

December 11, 2015, Huckmagazine, How skateboarding is helping to revitalise a village in rural India by Alex King.

October 18, 2015, Times of India


June 2, 2015,
Seven skatepark heavens in India
by Poornabodh, Outdoor Journal

“This is probably one of the remotest skateparks of the country and comes in at number seven. This massive 15,000 sq. ft. skatepark was an initiative of Skate Aid, Germany and Ulrike Reinhard. This is part of a tribal school in a densely populated tiger reserve and the closest place for accommodation is 40 km. away. This project was made possible by tireless and committed builders/skaters headed by Baumi. Special mention to Arniz, Holystoked and Delhi Electric. This skatepark designed by Yamato Living rams is by far the best design for a skatepark in India. It features skate plaza like stairs with china banks and an 8 ft. vert quarter pipe.”

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