Snow-Camp are looking for the next generation of ski and boarding instructors

Snow Camp Stacey Pender from BrixtonFrom Brixton to black runs, Snow-Camp is looking for the next generation of ski and snow boarding instructors. Snow-Camp (a youth charity) is looking for local schools and youth projects in Brixton to get involved in the programme.

Snow-Camp gives young people the chance to develop their skiing and snowboarding skills through a six-day programme at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead and gain an ASDAN Sports and Fitness Award One accreditation.

This is a first step to becoming a fully qualified skiing instructor after two years. After the Snow Centre,  it’s time to check out the pistes.

Stacey Pender (right) from Brixton in her ski instructor's uniform
Stacey Pender (right) from Brixton successfully completed training to be an instructor

Stacey Pender, a former Snow-Camp participant from Brixton did just that. She said: “Growing up in Brixton I never imagined I would have a career in snow sports. Where I’m from you just don’t think it’s even an option. Snow–Camp has made that happen for me. It’s great that more inner-city youth will have the opportunity to get a career in snow sports. Everyone should have an après-ski story.”

Gavin Hanmer, London programme manager said: “We’re really excited to be able to offer this programme to help disadvantaged inner-city youth in Brixton. Our life skills sessions are designed to help young people reflect upon the skills they are demonstrating on the slopes, as well as how to respond to challenges and setting goals for the future. Young people gain a recognised accredited qualification for each individual course, with apprenticeships, work experience, volunteering and employment opportunities within the snow sports industry offered at different stages.”

Snow-Camp has grown steadily from 2003 and now works with at least 2,500 young people across 21 boroughs. The charity’s vision is to expand Snow-Camp to other cities across the UK and bring the success of their approach to benefit many more inner-city young people.

More information here. Or call the London programme manager on 01273 241 383.