A Hove charity which helps young people change their lives by hitting the slopes has featured on BBC’s Ski Sunday show.
Based in Portland Road, Hove, Snow-Camp gives kids and teens the chance to get into a snowsports career. Participants can become a fully accredited skiing instructor after one year of training. More than 7,500 people have stepped up to the challenge so far, and the charity has its sights set on becoming a national charity by 2018.
A statement from the charity said: “The feature on Ski Sunday captured perfectly the potential of snowsports to change lives and the positive impact that of Snow-Camp’s work with young people: taking them from negative inner-city environments and a lack of opportunities to qualifications, new life skills, employment, apprenticeships and training – with snowsports at the heart of everything we do!”
Here’s the video, which follows former Snow-Camp apprentice Jonjoe Boulter and charity patron Jenny Jones.
Ski Camp founder Dan Charlish said he was inspired to start Snow-Camp by the young people he was working with on a youth community project. He soon realised youngsters growing up in central London had low esteem and aspirations.
“In 2003 we took 13 kids on a life-changing skiing trip to the French Alps,” he explained. “Straight away I noticed that the change in environment had a significant impact on their attitudes and actions. The rest is history. I knew there was nothing out there offering inner city youth that kind of opportunity.”
The positive impact Snow-Camp has on its young people is astounding – 96 cent of Snow-Camp’s attendees gained a nationally recognised qualification, and 85 per cent have now gone on to employment, training, or further education. Almost nine out of 10 youngsters who trained with Snow-Camp said the experience boosted their confidence, and the vast majority (78 per cent) reported feeling fitter.
To watch the full BBC Ski Sunday episode, click here. It will be available until 21 March 2017.