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.
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.
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.
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.”