Aimee has been involved with Snow-Camp since 2015. Aimee came to us from Ealing Youth Services with a targeted youth group. Her youth worker said she needed a positive direction as she was starting to mix with the wrong crowds in her area.

When Aimee started with Snow-Camp she was shy and reserved and would hardly talk to anyone outside of the group she came with. Through our programmes we saw a big improvement in Aimee’s behaviour: she interacted really well with her peers and made new friends from outside of her youth group while continuing to improve her skiing. She has grown in confidence and achieved many qualifications through our programmes including a Snowsport England Level 1 Instructor qualification and an ASDAN in Health and Fitness. She was also awarded skier of the week for her improved skiing ability and personal development on the Graduate Programme.

Her youth leader said “its done wonders for her and she is already thinking about how she can mix her passion for hair and beauty and skiing together for a career in the mountains.” Ealing Youth Services were pleased at how Snow-Camp became such a positive activity for her to focus on and progress in.

Aimee was accepted on to the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship Programme in 2016, after she showed commitment, passion and motivation to starting a career in the snowsports industry. As part of the Apprenticeship Programme, Aimee was provided with a work placement at SkiWorld’s head office, where she supported the HR department. Aimee was given the opportunity to attend the CDC Performance Camp, which was generously funded by Delancey, where she was given further skiing training from Snow-Camp Patrons Chemmy Alcott and Dougie Crawford. She also volunteered at the 2017 Delancey British Championships in Tignes, where she worked hard as part of the on snow team, she even got to meet HRH Prince Edward who was attending the event! Aimee regularly volunteered on our programmes, teaching the new cohort of young people starting their Snow-Camp journey, further showing how much she had grown in confidence.

Aimee’s apprenticeship came to an end in June 2017, but this is just the beginning. Aimee’s future is looking bright as she plans to work a ski season to help further her career in the industry. Aimee is a true inspiration to all the young people on our programmes and we are pleased that she will continue to be involved with Snow-Camp through our Youth Forum and by continuing to volunteer.

Aimee said:

The area I’m from is boring, full of drugs and crime, it can be really negative and not a nice place to live really. To be offered something more positive is amazing. It’s amazing to be given this opportunity to do something I would never have done myself. I get to go out to the Alps and ski on the mountains which is something I’ve never even considered before. Thank you for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”