Snowsport England have confirmed that their National Schools Snowsport Week will run for the third time in April, just weeks after the conclusion of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
Taking place from Monday 23rd until Sunday 29th April 2018, dry and indoor slopes and clubs are set to run free or heavily discounted activities throughout the week, aimed at getting young people from all types of backgrounds the chance to give skiing or snowboarding a go. For 2018 Snowsport Wales have joined forces with the initiative and will run National Schools Snowsport Week sessions at slopes and clubs across Wales throughout the week.
After the 2017 event attracted 77 schools and 2293 young people, it is hoped that National Schools Snowsport Week 2018 will encourage even more schools to introduce their pupils to snowsports – whether that be classes, the whole school or individual pupils. The sessions will be open to primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth form colleges across England.
Tim Fawke, Chief Executive of Snowsport England is excited about the third ever National Schools Snowsport Week: “The first two National Schools Snowsport Weeks were hugely successful and we saw children from all types of backgrounds having a go at snowsports. With many people likely to be watching wintersports for the first time when the Winter Olympics come to our screens, we believe the third edition of the week will attract even more schools and hopefully mean many young people will catch the skiing or snowboarding bug!”
Robin Kellen, Chief Executive of Snowsport Cymru Wales, said “Snowsport Cymru Wales are delighted to be involved with National Schools Snowsports Week. We are really looking forward to using this opportunity to introduce children from across Wales to skiing and snowboarding”
National Schools Snowsport Week is again being backed by two Winter Olympians; British snowboarder Aimee Fuller and British Alpine World Cup skier Dave Ryding. Delancey British Alpine Team skier Ryding is a big supporter of getting young people into snowsports: “I started skiing when I was at school and used to spend hours and hours at my local dry slope. It is a great sport for young people and I hope the performances of our British skiers and snowboarders will help inspire more people to give snowsports a go. It is great that the week gives children of all ages and all backgrounds the chance to try skiing or snowboarding.”
Snowsport England is the national governing body for snow sport in England: www.snowsportengland.org.uk, www.facebook.com/SnowsportEngland, @SnowsportEng on Twitter and @snowsportengland on Instagram.
Snowsport England is responsible for growing participation in snow sports through direct funding from Sport England. As well as working closely with snow centres, artificial slopes and clubs to increase participation, Snowsport England also manages English squads and athletes across all the snow sport disciplines, as well as handling the training of coaches and officials.
Snowsport Cymru Wales is the national governing body for Snowsports in Wales and is recognised and supported by Sport Wales. Snowsport Cymru Wales is responsible for promoting participation, development and excellence in snowsports in Wales.
National Schools Snowsport Week is one of Snowsport England’s participation campaigns, part of their national initiative Go Ski Go Board www.goskigoboard.org.uk.