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You may be packing away your skis for the summer but young snowsports fans are being urged to look to the future - the Futures Project, that is.




And what exactly is the Futures Project?

It's a new venture that's all about supporting and encouraging young skiers and snowboarders to develop their skills at special coaching sessions or as part of an awards scheme.

UK dryslopes, indoor snow centres and snowsport schools are taking part over the summer.

The Futures Project is a collaboration between British Ski & Snowboard and the home nations bodies Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales.

Its aim is to create a consistent learning environment to better develop skiing or snowboarding skills in young people aged 6 to 18.

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"Futures Project is aligned with the ethos of the GB Park and Pipe team where the values of fun, passion, progression and collaboration are at the heart of everything we do," said Lesley McKenna, Programme Manager of the GB Park and Pipe Team.

"From a coaching standpoint, that means that first and foremost the session should be fun for the athletes and the coaches, and secondly that the session should be about learning and teaching individual goals.

"As long as people are having fun and learning new skills and tricks then everything else should be in working order."

There are two elements to the Futures Project.

Futures Snow Awardis an award scheme that supports entry level and grassroots engagement in snowsports.

Children are encouraged to learn both on-snow and off-snow skills.

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The scheme was launched at The Lecht Winter Games in February where 40 children were awarded their Step 1 badge.

Here's a video from the first event:



Over this summer, the scheme will be piloted by UK dryslopes, snowdomes and snowboard schools including Snozone, Bearsden, Gloucester, Mint Snowboarding and Norfolk Dryslope.

Futures Sessions are coaching days aimed at 10 to 18 year olds who already take part in snowsports and would like to get onto the "performance pathway".

The pathway supports youngsters as they improve and move up the pathway to the next level. The best will go on to make the main GB Park & Pipe squad, but the whole idea of the pathway is to be inclusive and encourage all levels to have fun while they're learning.

A standard price will be charged to athletes participating in Futures Sessions.

They'll be held at slopes such as Halifax, Gloucester, Kendal, Cardiff, Kidsgrove with Ellis Brigham and The Snowboard Asylum supporting some of the dates this summer with demo kit and barbecues.

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"The Futures Project allows those who want to engage in snowsports the choice of all Olympic disciplines with a framework to progress at their own rate, in their chosen environments - abroad or at home - on and off the hill," said Mark Ritchie, British Ski and Snowboard Head of Talent.

"This project also gives BSS the opportunity to connect our disciplines, the home nations and the snowsports community and industry as a whole."

To see the Futures Sessions Summer 2018 programme go to

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