05 May 2017

Over two thousand children get a taste of skiing and snowboarding during National Schools Snowsport Week 2017

At the conclusion of the 2017 ‘National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra’ (www.nssw.co.uk), 2293 children from 77 schools got involved in the Snowsport England initiative, more than double the number in 2016.

National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra gave opportunities for children at 25 slopes across England to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time, either for free or from as a little as a £1.

Taster sessons at Tamworth Snowdome and students of Petroc College at Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre

It was a busy week at both the artificial slopes and indoor centres, as well as at Eton Dorney Lake, where rollerski taster sessions took place. With £1 sessions on offer at Silksworth slope in Sunderland, hundreds of young people took advantage of the offer, and it was the same at both the SnowDome in Tamworth, where over 400 children took to the slopes, and at Aldershot where 200 children gave snowsports a go.

Surbiton High School students at Aldershot Dryslope and rollerskiing around Eton Dorney Lake

Kicking off the week was a launch event aimed at raising the profile of the project, with National Schools Snowsport Week ambassadors Eddie the Eagle, Aimee Fuller and Graham Bell. The three ambassadors gave an inspirational talk to 37 young children from local school Yewtree Primary, before the children gave skiing a go for the first time at The Snow Centre in Hemel. Alpine ski star Dave Ryding, also an ambassador for National Schools Snowsport Week, visited Kingsley School in Leamington Spa to wrap up the week.  

Delancey British Alpine Team's Dave Ryding visiting the pupils of Kingsley School

Snowsport England Events and Campaigns Lead, Luke Williams said following the conclusion of the week: “What a busy week it has been! We have seen many of the country’s slopes busy with school groups for much of the week, and it has been great to see the enjoyment and smiles on the children’s faces as they have tried skiing and snowboarding for the first time. Our challenge now is to try and encourage these schools and children to keep participating in snowsports. We will work closely with the slopes and clubs to try and do this. A huge thanks for Andorra for supporting this important initiative.”

Slopes participating in National Schools Snowsport Week 2017:

Ackers Adventure, Birmingham

Alpine Snowsports Centre, Southampton

Alpine Snowsports Centre, Aldershot

Bracknell Ski and Snowboard Centre

Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre

Chill Factore, Manchester

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Gosling Ski and Board Centre

Norfolk Snowsports Club

Precise Racing at Brentwood

Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre

Rollerskiing at Dorney Lake, Eaton

Runcorn Snowsports Centre

Sandown Snowsports Centre

Silksworth Ski Slope

Skiplex, Basingstoke

Skiplex, Reading

Ski Rossendale

SnowDome, Tamworth

Snozone Castleford

Snozone Milton Keynes

Stoke Ski Centre

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre

The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead and Hemel Ski Racing Club

Ski taster sessons at Tamworth Snowdome

To find out more about National Schools Snowsport Week visit www.nssw.co.uk. For a selection of photos from the week visit the Snowsport England Facebook page www.facebook.com/SnowsportEngland. And look out for the National Schools Snowsport Week video, which will be live this weekend – shared across Snowsport England channels.

For schools who missed out on National Schools Snowsport Week, or for those that want to continue getting involved, visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk to find local opportunities.

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