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First National Schools Snowsport Week huge success


More than 1000 school children try snow sports
At the conclusion of the inaugural ‘National Schools Snowsport Week sponsored by Visit Andorra’, 1066 children and 149 schools got involved in the Snowsport England initiative.

Complementing the success of the national snowsports participation campaign GO SKI GO BOARD, National Schools Snowsport Week gave opportunities for school children across the country to try skiing or snowboarding either for free or at low cost.

The campaign, which ran at 21 slopes across England, included free taster sessions as well as low cost recreational slope time and several events aimed at schools, including the ERSA Schools Race at Suffolk Ski Centre and the Independent Schools Association Championships at The Snow Centre.

Kicking off the week was a launch event aimed at raising the profile of the project, with National Schools Snowsport Week ambassadors Stacey Solomon and GB snowboarder Aimee Fuller showing local children how it was done.

“2016’s National Schools Snowsport Week has exceeded our expectations by a long way. By signing up 21 slopes to the initiative and getting over a thousand children involved we have beaten all targets, and more importantly given the snowsports bug to hundreds of children across the country,” said Dominic McGonigal, Chairman of Snowsport England’s Youth Development Committee. “A big thanks goes out to all the schools, slopes and volunteers involved. We definitely plan to do the same again next year but even bigger and better!”

The success of the inaugural week will act as a springboard for future events, with plans already in place to run National Schools Snowsport Week again in April 2017.

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