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Snow-Camp First Tracks Are On Course

May 25, 2017

Snowsports youth charity, Snow-Camp and Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre are extremely excited to celebrate the launch of Snow-Camp’s beginner 'First Tracks' courses for 2017. 

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During two fun filled days towards the end of May, young people from The Princes Trust Cyrmu, Llwynypia Boys and Girls Club, Nantymoel Boys and Girls Club, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales, experienced their first taste of snowsports as well as Snow-Camp’s own life-skills sessions. 


Snow-Camp is an innovative youth charity using the unique combination of snowsports, life-skills programmes, qualifications and vocational opportunities to support and empower young, inner-city people.  


Snow-Camp’s year long journey of programmes offer young people the opportunity to progress from absolute beginners to qualified instructors, achieving positive change every step of the way and helping them to raise their aspirations and motivations. 


The two day beginner 'First Tracks' course introduces snowsports to young people who have never tried skiing or snowboarding. Over two days young people are taught by qualified snowsport professionals, showing them the basics of their new sport as well as getting to grips with new equipment, new environments and new techniques. Determination, perseverance, confidence and self-belief permeate through snowsports learning and supported life-skill sessions further enhance young people's development, relating these skills to everyday situations.  


The programme journey culminates in a trip to the Italian Alps where young people shadow English speaking instructors, building their experience of group management, and teaching skills that will help them achieve their Level 1 Instructor qualification.


Young people from all four clubs involved with the May programmes mixed in a positive environment and as they were all being beginners, a level playing field was formed, breaking down barriers often found across boroughs. 


It was not long until young people were supporting and encouraging each other, progressing at their own pace and overcoming personal challenges. With much whooping and hollering, smiles and high fives, young people were all awarded with a Snowsport Wales accredited, Snowlife Award at the end of the course to celebrate their achievement.

 

Luke Tutton-Goodwin, youth worker at Llwynypia Boys and Girls Club said, "this is a great course that offers great opportunities."


Jade Perring-Smith a youth worker for Princes Trust Cymru said of the course: "Snow-Camp is an incredible opportunity. It doesn't matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced skier, there is something for everyone. The staff instill belief, confidence and motivation in the young people taking part. I thoroughly recommend this opportunity to all." Her colleague David Evans, also of the Princes Trust Cymru said: "This is a great course and opportunity for young people to engage in an activity they would not normally have the chance to do, putting young people on a level playing field".


Snow-Camp are now gearing up for their first ever full journey of programmes being offered in Cardiff, with the intermediate Graduate programmes taking places later this year and the Advanced Excel programme to follow throughout the winter season.  


To see Snow-Camps full journey of programmes click here.


If you would like to find out more about how to get involved in Snow-Camp courses or find out ways in which to support Snow-Camps development, please get in touch with Snow-Camp Cardiff’s Programme Manager, Andrew Kimber on:

+44 (0) 7732204767

andrew@snow-camp.org.uk 

www.snow-camp.org.uk

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