“The Snow-Camp programme will offer support to those at risk of getting involved in negative behaviour and provide them with the opportunity to gain qualifications.” West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
Really cool program happening over the pond where UK youths from the region’s poorest areas get a chance to try their hand at skiing in snowboarding during a two day trip to the indoor ski slope Snow Dome in Tamworth.
Planet Radio reports the innovative project which targets 13-21 year olds aims to reduce violence. Participants will spend the same amount of time in the classroom as they do on the slopes, taking part in life-skill sessions, focussing on independence, responsibility, confidence and self-esteem.
The program hopes to reach 100 young people from across the region this summer and some will continue to work with the charity until next June. It is designed to enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day-to-day lives, and helps them develop new skills to support their futures including an ASDAN Sports and Fitness certificate and a Snowsport England Level 1 Instructor Qualification.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
“It is pleasing to see how funding can be used to provide new and exciting activities for young people from communities with high levels of deprivation. Engaging young people in sports and keeping them off the streets has proven to reduce violence on many occasions. The activities on offer will help build confidence, life skills and keep youngsters on a positive path. The Snow-Camp programme will offer support to those at risk of getting involved in negative behaviour and provide them with the opportunity to gain qualifications.”
Chris Walsh, Snow-Camp Midlands Programme Manager added:
“Snow-Camp provide an alternative approach to engage young people, by providing an energising environment at artificial ski slopes in the UK in order for them to build relationships and gain employment. Our programmes require initiative, individuality and courage and therein lies the attraction and challenge providing a much-needed complimentary service to youth service providers and youth clubs. Giving young people positive opportunities can turn their lives around.”
images from SnowDomeTamworth FB