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Project information

Summer Holiday First Tracks Programme

This summer young people from across London will be able to experience snowsports for the first time at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Slope sessions will be combined with life-skills classroom sessions and the young people will work towards a Snowsport England Snow Life Award.

July 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: Snow-Camp

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  • Need


    Our research, commission by YouGov, highlights that we must do more to provide opportunities for young people. Our study showed that 71% of young people feel they need more support to enable them to achieve their potential. 76% stated that there is a link between a lack of positive opportunities and an increased risk of youth falling into antisocial behaviour. With 3 out of 4 young people feeling like there are not the right opportunities for them to succeed, there's more vital work to be done.


    We provide access to the right opportunities and activities to equip youth, facing a multitude of social issues, for a successful future, regardless of their background and ability which can change their lives dramatically. Giving young people positive opportunities can turn their lives around.

    Our programmes prevent young people from making negative life choices. Through snowsports we can engage and motivate young people, making it possible for them to gain qualifications and life-skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    ENGAGE youth by providing a young-people-friendly programme.


    » » FIRST TRACKS PROGRAMME (July-Aug) - 2day introduction to snowsports combined with life-skills sessions. Students gain an accredited SnowLife Award

    What success will look like

    300 inner-city young people, aged 13-21, from across London will take part in the 2 day programme in the summer holidays.

    Aim 2

    TEACH young people the skills they need to raise their aspirations.


    » » LIFE-SKILLS SESSIONS – Snowsports require commitment and determination. Sessions show youth how these skills can be used in their everyday lives.

    What success will look like

    Last year, 93% of participants said that Snow-Camp had increased their confidence and self belief. We hope to replicate the same level of success this summer.

    Aim 3

    IMPROVE levels of accessibility and participation in snowsports for inner-city young people.


    » » BREAK DOWN BARRIERS – We work with youth projects and snowsports partners to provide subsidised programmes to increase participation.

    What success will look like

    We offer free places to youth and discounted rates to youth projects. We document the number of youth projects involved and how many of their young people join our programmes.

    Aim 4

    PROVIDE an environment where young people can thrive, develop and have fun.


    » » BROADEN HORIZONS - We take young people out of their community to an environment where attitudes can be changed and cross-borough friendships made.

    What success will look like

    Youth workers attend with their young people on our programmes and document improvements in behaviour. Young people's thoughts are recorded in life-skills booklets.

  • Impact


    We bring young people together from different boroughs and estates to promote living an integrated life and to build cross-borough friendships. Experience has shown that once away from their area, on the coach and on the slope at the Snow Centre, territorial bias, cross-borough youth violence and gang related mentality can be challenged. The young people are making friends, supporting their peers and independently achieving away from the negative influences that surround them at home.


    The risks we face are typical of working with vulnerable young people. When we first meet the young people time-keeping, commitment, behavioural issues are often a challenge. However, when the potential of the programme has been presented to them and they have had time to reflect on the life-skills they have learnt their attitudes often change. 


    A nationally recognised accredited qualification serves as our primary tool for measuring success and level of achievement. In addition, improved behaviour and skills are documented using our development star and life-skills booklets record young people's personal development.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Ski/Snowboard Instructor and E 300 young people @ £50pp with qualified instructors
      £15,000 Equipment Hire 300 young people @ £50pp
      £3,000 Travel 300 young people @ £10pp coach travel from London Victoria
      £1,500 Award 300 young people @ £5pp Snow Life Award
      £1,500 Classroom Materials 300 young people @ £5pp classroom materials

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Young Londoners Fund £20,000 Guaranteed
    Maria Marina Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We will work with young people from across London. Young people will meet centrally at London Victoria coach station and Snow-Camp will provide travel to and from the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.


    We work with a range of young people across London. The young people we work with are aged 13-21 and might be failing in school, or have dropped out altogether, they might have committed juvenile crimes and now struggle to find employment or they’re on a negative life-path and need support to change their direction. The young people might have emotional and behavioural needs. They could also, simply, just need someone to believe in them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Snow-Camp are the only registered snowsports youth charity and provider of accredited education and vocational training for young people. 500+ partnerships have been formed with the snowsports industry, youth services, national youth programmes and independent youth projects since we were founded in 2003. We've been recognised and awarded for our innovations and services to youth work by: Freedom of the City of London, London Youth Quality Mark and the National Apprenticeship Awards.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Chadburn, Programme Manager

    Lucy works with youth projects to recruit young people. She will run the programme, supporting young people's development across the 2 days.

Snow-Camp are incredible. I can’t speak highly enough of the set-up, the quality of youth work and the determination to create opportunities for our young people, who would never get to experience the fun, challenging and positive community built by learning to ski or snowboard.

Matt House, Youth Worker, XLP