Snow-Camp, a snow sports youth charity have launched their innovative, award winning programmes in Cardiff. Snow-Camp, who engage young people through snow sports to provide them with life-skills training, qualifications and employment opportunities, will be running programmes throughout July and August.
Founded in 2003 in London, Snow-Camp offers young people the opportunity to experience snowsports for the first time, starting with a two day introduction to skiing and snowboarding through to training young people to be Level 1 instructors.
Cardiff is the fifth city in which Snow-Camp operate with the charity also supporting young people in London, Scotland, the Midlands and Bristol. To date, 85% of young people, who complete Snow-Camp’s programme journey have gone on to either employment, training, further education or other positive destinations.
This summer Snow-Camp will be running the first stage of their programme journey, First Tracks, at the Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre. First Tracks is their beginner programme that provides young people (aged 13-21) with their first experience of snowsports. Young people receive snowsports training from qualified instructors and gain an accredited Snowsports Wales SnowLife Award. Furthermore young people learn and develop as individuals through their classroom based life-skill sessions, travel to areas outside of their community and are exposed to a diverse range of young people from other local youth groups. At the end of the two days the young people will have made significant progress on the slopes and will have experienced, for the first time, the feeling of sliding down a ski slope, giving them an increased sense of achievement and pride in what they have accomplished.
Snow-Camp work with a range of young people across Cardiff. They might be failing in school, or have dropped out altogether, they might have committed juvenile crimes and now struggle to find employment or they are on a negative life-path and need support to change their direction. The young people might have emotional and behavioural needs or they might not be in education, employment or training (NEET). They could also, simply, just need someone to believe in them. Snow-Camp work directly with youth projects and youth service providers to ensure they are working with those who are most in need of their support.
Forming partnerships with Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre and Snowsport Wales, Snow-Camp are excited to offer courses from the Fairwater Centre. With this fantastic support the charity is looking forward to working in Cardiff and work alongside youth service providers to help make a difference to young peoples lives.
If you are interested in finding out more about Snow-Camp’s programmes please contact Snow-Camp Cardiff Programme Manager, Andrew Kimber: email@example.com and check out their website: www.snow-camp.org.uk.