News Headlines     |     


Snow-Camp set to expand
Tuesday June 30, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

The snowsports charity is aiming to go nationwide. It will be offering its unique training camps for disadvantaged inner-city kids in Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and London.

The Snow-Camp idea is a simple one.

It offers underprivileged kids from deprived inner-city areas the chance to advance their life through skiing and snowboarding. 

They learn the rudiments of skiing or snowboarding and along the way pick up confidence, teamwork skills, qualifications, self-belief and ambition.

It can be an alternative to the dole, crime or gang culture.

Some get work placements and others jobs within the industry.

It all started back in 2003 and a decade later 5,000 young people had benefited from the Snow-Camp experience.

Since then trial schemes have been held in other cities across the UK and now the aim is to make them permanent; see this earlier PlanetSKI story on the pilot scheme in Cardiff last year.

"We have reached a key moment in our development and the plan to go nationwide is ambitious, but achievable.  We need new supporters who are committed to the plan and excited by the challenge," said the founder of the charity, Dan Charlish.

PlanetSKI is a main media partner of Snow-Camp and we have supported its work over the years.

For a look at what the charity does, including videos and interviews with the kids that benefit then see the videos below.

Last year 98% of the people who took part in Snow-Camp said it helped them grow in confidence, 96% gained accredited quaifications and 85% went on to employment, training, further education or other positive developments.

Details of the expansion to five other cities in the UK were unveiled this week at the charity's annual summer drinks and auction that was held at the Norton Rose Fulbright offices overlooking the Thames by Tower Bridge.

It was quite a venue with some fabulous views.

















The kids, supporters and others within the UK snowsports industry were there. 

SnowcampSnow-Camp auction
















SnowcampSnow-Camp drinks
















The charity has a number of celebrity and sporting backers.

Alongside past athletes lke Chemmy Alcott, Dougie Crawford and Graham Bell were the new generation of Park and Pipe athletes: Jenny Jones, Jamie Nicholls and Emily Sarsfield.

SnowcampJenny Jones & Dan Charlish flanked by the kids
















SnowcampEmily Sarsfield & Jamie Nicholls















"I was closely involved with the trial scheme on the Bristol slopes as it is my home town and I love being involved with Snow-Camp and support all it stands for," said the Sochi bronze medalist, Jenny Jones.

The fund-raising evening is an annul event and it raised more than £20,000 in much needed funds for the charity.

Among the prizes were holidays, skis, golf breaks, lift passes and much else besides.

Jenny Jones auctioned off a signed and framed photograph of her Olympic triumph.

It sold for £800.

Going, going, goneGoing, going, gone




















Many of our other partners on PlanetSKI support Snow-Camp and offered prizes in the auction.

They include Ellis-Brigham, Warren Smith Ski Academy, Skiweekends, Kicking Horse Powder Tours, Basecamp and Skiplex.

"It is a great charity with noble aims and one we are proud to support," said Richard Barker from Kicking Horse Powder Tours.

The company offered a holiday let in Devon.  

















For further details about the expansion named, 5NOW, and how you might be able to help or get involved then see the information below that has been provided by Snow-Camp.

5NOW Background:

Help Snow-Camp change the lives of 5,000 inner-city young people across 5 UK cities.

Last year, 98% said that Snow-Camp had helped them grow in confidence and overcome fear. 96% gained accredited qualifications, and on completion of the Snow-Camp journey, 85% went onto employment, training, further education or other positive destinations. 

We are a small charity with a big vision. With your help we can expand our programmes to 5 UK cities and change the lives of many more inner-city young people.

Please be a part of this next phase in Snow-Camp's story, which can only be achieved with your help. 

The Gift Aid we claim on donations made by UK taxpayers covers our running costs in addition to the subsidised contributions from our youth project partners. Therefore, 100% of your donation will be spent directly on delivering programmes.

£5 buys life-skills learning materials for a young person on our First Tracks programme

£50 pays for a young person's first experience of snowsports on Day 1 of First Tracks

£500 pays for training towards a Snowsport England Instructor qualification on our Excel programme

£5,000 provides full-time employment for 1 year for a Snow-Camp Apprentice

£50,000 will launch Snow-Camp's journey of programmes in 1 UK city for 1 year

5 ways your support will make a difference:

DEVELOP LIFE-SKILLS - Learning to ski or snowboard requires perseverance, commitment, patience, overcoming fear, teamwork and determination - all essential life-skills for inner-city young people.

BROADEN HORIZONS - Taking more young people out of the city to an environment where they can thrive can challenge the territorial bias in gang culture today, attitudes can be changed and cross-borough friendships made.

BREAK DOWN BARRIERS - Snowsports are out of reach for many young people. Providing more highly subsidised programmes and bursary places will increase participation in snowsports for inner-city young people considerably.

PROVIDE QUALIFICATIONS - Young people can gain a Snow-Life Award, ASDAN in Health & Fitness, First Aid and Safeguarding Certificate, Snowsport England and BASI Instructor Qualifications and an NVQ in Activity Leadership improving their CV noticeably.

ACHIEVE POSITIVE CHANGE - More young people not in training or employment to participate in targeted work experience and apprenticeships across the snowsports industry and benefit from expert advice.

For the spirit of the mountains

Related Articles

FURTHER ROWS AT SKI CLUB GB (Friday November 29, 2019)
AWARDS FOR ESPRIT SKI & SANTA'S LAPLAND (Thursday November 14, 2019)
US indoor slope faces more delays (Wednesday October 30, 2019)
FANCY SOME SKI STATS? (Monday October 7, 2019)
SKI FLIGHT FREE IS LAUNCHED (Thursday October 3, 2019)
UK SKI INDUSTRY EMBRACES GREEN (Monday September 30, 2019)

With thanks to our main sponsors...

Platinum partners

Bronze partners