Grampian Schools’ Inclusive Snowsports Festival

Grampian’s schoolchildren took to the slopes in their droves at this year’s Inclusive Snowsports Festival.

The thrilling event, organised and delivered by staff at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, took place on 6th December and was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils and teachers that took part.

Pupils were offered the opportunity to learn and develop their skiing skills under the guidance of the centre’s fantastic coaching team, as well as being able to burn off some energy with tubing at the dry snowsports facility, which provides coaching in these two disciplines as well as snowboarding.

This year’s festival was the most popular yet with at least seven schools signing up – demand has been so high that a second date had to be added to accommodate everyone.

When asked about skiing & tubing, one of the pupils, Georgia, said: “They’re fun. I enjoyed tubing the most because it’s fun and when you go backwards it’s really creepy. I’ll do it again with my friend.”

Teachers also saw benefits in participating in the Festival for their pupils. Miss MacRae from Muirfield School noted: “It’s really good for them to be pushed out of their comfort zone but supported to do so. It’s been good to see quiet pupils come out of their shell & the smiles on their faces say it all. They’ve had a great time.”

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre offers adapted lessons on Wednesday evenings from 6pm & a new block will be starting in early 2018. Those who are interested in attending should contact the SDS Regional Manager, Alison Shaw, on 07828 744 848.

Thanks go to Beth Woodall and her team from Aberdeen Snowsports Centre for organising such a fun and worthwhile event.