The Snowlife Schools Tour headed home last week after a hugely successful four week tour to encourage greater participation in snowsports. From September to October 2006 a team of professional skiers and snowboarders, amongst them Olympians and British Champions, visited 16 secondary schools, four artificial slopes, and inspired over 10,000 pupils to keep active this winter.
Taking in four UK regions: Edinburgh, Swadlincote, Plymouth and Chatham, the tour visited four schools in each area and invited over 1,500 pupils to a free introductory lesson at the Snowlife ‘Ride & Slide’ event held at their local slope.
Taking over the PE curriculum for one day at each school, the team of professional, award-winning athletes presented the various elements and disciplines of snowboarding and skiing, involving students in everything from the fundamental basics, through to mountain safety, and how school studies can complement sporting development. The school children got hooked on snowboarding and skiing through interactive presentations including a video show; cat walk; Q&A sessions; equipment displays; spectacular stunts on the trampoline; product sampling and countless give-aways, plus of course the fantastic gift of a free snowboard/ski lesson at the local slope.
The Snowlife Schools Tour would not have been such a success without the very hard work and endless enthusiasm from the core Snowlife team. Big thanks to them all.
With positive feedback from schools and children booking up for more lessons on the slopes, the tour has helped introduce and raise awareness of snowboarding and skiing to a new generation, inspiring any future hopefuls to get involved and maximise the use of their local slopes.