GO SKI GO BOARD is the best way to get your school started with skiing or snowboarding, without stepping foot on foreign soil! As well as being a great recreational activity, skiing is a serious sport, with work opportunities and gold medals for the best. It uses different techniques from ball games, but demands many of the same skills – balance, coordination, agility, strength and fitness, disciplined attitudes and mental courage. The first step is to arrange an initial taster lesson or book a beginners course at one of the ski centres or clubs across the UK most of whom accommodate children as young as 4 years old.
STEP 1 - Find your local ski centre using our Find My Nearest... search.
STEP 2 - Call up your local ski centre explaining you've seen their information on GO SKI GO BOARD, book and enjoy!
STEP 3 -Sign up to GO SKI GO BOARD for free to download the marketing resources and advertise online with a dedicated schools profile.
STEP 4 - Contact your regional snowsport development officers to see if there is any additional support, campaigns or funding that you could benefit from.
How GO SKI GO BOARD works?
- Delivered by your local GO SKI GO BOARD ski centre or club
- Flexible sessions can take place at a time suitable for you, depending on availability.
- Same instructor usually guaranteed throughout the learning process
- Sessions delivered by nationally qualified & licensed instructors specialised in working with young people
- All in one price with no hidden costs (equipment hire, tuition, clothing* included)
GO SKI GO BOARD Schools Pathway - What's Next?
As a follow on from lessons; if your students have caught the snowsports bug; or in preparation for an upcoming school ski trip, there are a choice of next steps. You can use the 'Find My Nearest' search tool, to find your local ski centres' offers ranging from day courses, satellite clubs, improver courses, introduction GO RACE GO FREESTYLE sessions or fun competitions.
Teachers - What's in it for you?
- A fun, alternative and affordable sporting offer
- Keeps students active and can link into student GCSE PE assessments
- Improves student life beyond school
- OFSTED impressed
- Forms part of the curriculum or a fantastic opportunity to enhance OSHL
- Stepping stone to planned or future School Ski Trips which keeps trip costs lower
- Staff are welcome to be involved alongside students – a sport for everyone!
- GO SKI GO BOARD marketing resources (posters, flyers and booking forms)
- Health, safety and risk assessment support ready to share
- Learning Outside The Classroom document relating to Snowsports
- Links to your local community Snowsport club
- If your pupils are 11+ you could potentially benefit from Satellite Club funding (England only). 'Satellites' last for a minimum of 3 weeks and focus on skill development to ultimately assist students to carry on participating in the sport each week in the UK.
School Skiing Associations
Since the 1970's, the English Schools' Ski Association [ESSkiA] and the Scottish Schools Ski Association [SSSA] have been striving to enhance the status of skiing in schools. They provide introduction to snowsport opportunties, race and freestyle training days and competitive opportunities for pupils. Recognised by and working alongside their respective national governing bodies, you can find more information on upcoming activity, national championships & squads as well as association membership through their logos above.
*Gloves must be brought along by pupils. Clothing is only provided at indoor snowdomes and usually consists of snowpants and snow jacket. If participating on Dry Ski Slopes, clothing is not provided and long bottoms & tops must be worn.
Organising a School Ski Trip Abroad?
Looking at organising a school ski trip? Need advice and a one central place to see all the different tour operators offers? Look no further!
PlanMySchoolTrip are passionate about helping schools discover trips and tours that give the best educational return for students. Since 2013 they have developed strong links with the many tour operators who specialise in taking school groups on skiing trips. In December 2015, they launched a brilliant new SkiSchoolTrips site (www.skischooltrips.co.uk), where teachers can centrally find key tips, information and fantastic offers from an incredible choice of school friendly ski resorts across the Alps and North America from all the leading school tour operators.
"To give schools the best access to information and snowsports opportunities before their trips, we are excited to be working with Snowsport England to promote their excellent Go Ski Go Board pathway for schools"
Training For Teachers - Leadership Courses
Leadership of skiing and boarding groups on the piste in snowsports resorts is both a challenging skill and a highly rewarding activity. These leadership courses are increasingly becoming a pre-requisite of Local Authorities for Lead Teachers on School Ski Trips.
Ski Course Organiser (SCO)
A basic 6 hour course designed to give teachers, youth leaders and other competent persons the skills necessary to organise a snowsport course for groups including young people in recognised ski resorts in the UK and abroad.
Alpine Ski Course Leader Award (ASCL) For English and Welsh Schools
This award, taking place on snow over 6 days; is designed to train and qualify adult leaders, teachers and ski club members to introduce young people to skiing and to lead them on behalf of recognised educational establishments or clubs affiliated to the Governing Body
You can find upcoming SCO & ASCL courses on the UK Snowsports Website
Alpine Ski Leader (ASL) For Scottish Schools
The Alpine Ski Leader (ASL) course is designed to train and qualify responsible skiers who are interested in the encouragement of young skiers and who seek to lead such skiers within the boundaries of snow skiing resorts.
There are no upcoming offers of this type at this time.