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First Tracks provides young people (aged 13-21) with their first experience of snowsports at indoor snow centres in the UK, taking place throughout July and August each year. A list of locations and the next programme dates are available at the bottom of this page.
Young people are taught how to ski or snowboard by qualified instructors and Snow-Camp apprentices and volunteers, as they are the best role models to demonstrate to the new young people what they can achieve with the charity.
Young people on our programmes are exposed to other youth groups and young people from across their city, addressing territorial bias and gang culture. Furthermore, for every hour spent on the slopes the young people spend the same amount of time in the classroom in our life-skills sessions. These sessions are designed to help young people reflect upon the skills they are demonstrating on the slopes – perseverance, commitment, listening, teamwork, patience and overcoming fear as well as how to respond to challenges, deal with peer pressure and setting goals for the future. All essential life-skills for young people.
At the end of the 2 days the young people will have made significant progress on the slopes and will have experienced, for the first time, the feeling of sliding down a ski slope, giving them an increased sense of achievement and a pride in what they have accomplished. Finally, an awards ceremony closes the course, with the young people receiving their accredited Snowsport England or Snowsport Scotland Snow Life Award along with medals and certificates, providing a lasting record of their achievement and experience with us. It is always rewarding to see the impact of the First Tracks Programme on the young people, as they always achieve far more than they thought possible and many are keen to progress on to our Graduate Programme, which runs throughout the Autumn.
Due to Covid-19, dates for the 2020 First Tracks Programme is TBC.
Please note that we only work with youth projects and youth service providers to recruit young people on to our programmes. Programme costs start at £85 per person but we do have funding available so please get in touch to discuss.
Our London programmes take place at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. For more information please contact Shayleigh Kitto.firstname.lastname@example.org 07526 204168
Our Scotland programmes take place at Snow Factor and Bearsden Ski and Board Club in Glasgow. For more information please contact Laura McIntyre.email@example.com 07714 754476
Our Midlands programmes take place at the SnowDome in Tamworth. For more information please contact Chris Walsh.firstname.lastname@example.org 07719 329732