Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

25 April 2016

Stacey Solomon and Aimee Fuller help celebrate start of National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra

The inaugural ‘National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra’, kicked off on Friday with activities on offer for school children at 22 slopes across England. From Sunderland to Torquay, hundreds of pupils are expected to benefit from affordable sessions and activities over the eight-day initiative.

To celebrate the start of the week, Stacey Solomon, former contestant on Channel 4's winter sports series 'The Jump', and British Olympic Snowboarder Aimee Fuller, joined pupils from Larmenier and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead with Aimee showing them all how it is done!

Aimee Fuller (L) and Stacey Solomon (R) with primary school children taking part in the initiative on Friday, photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Stacey Solomon said: “It is so important to get children active and what better way than through skiing and snowboarding. I loved it the minute I started and I have continued to do it ever since. It is one of the only sports I can do with the whole family.”  

Stacey Solomon, former contestant on 'The Jump' , photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Aimee Fuller said:  “Starting skiing or snowboarding when you are young is a brilliant idea – it is so much fun and really social. I have met some of my best friends and had the opportunity to travel the world competing. It also is a great way to stay fit and strong. I am sure National Schools Snowsport Week will give more schools the chance to give it a go." 

‘National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra’ which is organised by National Governing Body Snowsport England, and runs all this week until Friday 29th April, is primarily aimed at encouraging more schools to introduce their pupils to snowsports. As well as beginner taster sessions, several slopes will be offering race and freestyle sessions, plus events for school children will also be running during the week. Yesterday saw the Eastern Region Schools Race at Suffolk Ski Centre in Ipswich and today there is the Independent Schools Association Race at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. 

National Schools Snowsport Week is supported by Visit Andorra (www.visitandorra.com) as title sponsor and destination partner of choice, as well as school tour operator of choice, Equity (www.schoolski.co.uk) who offer affordable skiing to schools aimed at developing confidence in young people. 

Slopes involved in National Schools Snowsports Week:

Ackers Adventure, Birmingham

Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton  

Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre

Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre 

Chill Factore, Manchester

Gosling Ski and Board Centre

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre 

Impulse Racing (at The Snow Centre, Hemel) 

Mendip Snowsports Centre

Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre

Silksworth Ski Slope, Sunderland 

Ski Rossendale

Ski Torquay

Skiplex Chiswick 

Skiplex Reading 

Skiplex Basingstoke 

SnowDome, Tamworth 

Stoke Ski Centre 

Suffolk Ski Centre

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre

The Snow Centre/ Hemel Ski Race Club

For more information and dates visit www.nssw.co.uk and on Twitter @SnowsportEng #SchoolSnowsport 

 

 

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