Snow-Camp, the UK’s only charity using snowsports to change the lives of inner-city youth-at-risk, has been awarded a three-year grant of £100,000 from BBC Children in Need.

New funding from BBC Children in Need will enable 150 young Londoners to take part in Snow-Camp’s programmes starting this summer. Young people, who would not otherwise have access, will be able to experience snowsports for the first time; starting with a 2 day introduction to skiing and snowboarding through to training them to be Level 1 Snowsport England instructors. For every hour on the slopes, the young people will spend the same amount of time in the classroom, taking part in life-skills sessions and working towards qualifications.

Snow-Camp charity awarded £100,000 grant by BBC Children In Need

Snow-Camp works directly with youth projects and youth service providers to recruit young people on their programmes. The charity is now looking for local youth organisations to get involved with the first stage of their three-step programme, First Tracks, which will take place in the school summer holidays at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Please contact the London Programme Manager, Lucy Chadburn for more information: / 01273 241383.

Rachel Cruz, Snow-Camp’s Development Director said:

“We are thrilled to have been awarded a grant from BBC Children in Need. To have their support will make a huge difference to our organisation enabling us to support more young people in need while providing further awareness of our essential work.

The importance of our work has been highlighted in recent news. Working closely in inner-city areas in London it’s been heartbreaking to see so many people from the communities in which we work, coping with devastating tragedies relating to knife crime and youth violence. With BBC Children In Need’s support, our hope is for Snow-Camp to continue providing young people from these communities with a positive alternative. We want to provide opportunities that enable our young people to look to the future with positive mindsets and aspire to achieve what they never thought was possible.”

Clare Cannock, Regional Head of South at BBC Children in Need said:

“BBC Children in Need is committed to improving the lives of those children and young people who need it most by supporting projects like this which work locally to make real and lasting changes. We look forward to seeing this funding in action!”