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March 2014

Welcome to the Snowsport England 2014 March bulletin

The excitement continues with the Paralympics!
As always we hope you enjoy reading our latest news and enjoy reaping the opportunities which have arrived since Bormio and SOCHI
Snowsport England
GO SKI GO BOARD CAMPAIGN BOOSTED BY SOCHI EFFECT WITH OVER 10,000
PEOPLE TAKING SKI AND SNOWBOARD SESSIONS SINCE LAUNCH


Snowsport England’s national participation campaign, GO SKI GO BOARD, has exceeded its targets just six months since its official launch, with over 10,000 people taking a one off ‘TRY’ ski or snowboard session or a six hour GO SKI GO BOARD course.

Ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games interest in the campaign was healthy, but with skiing and
snowboarding launched into the spotlight during February, GO SKI GO BOARD received a giant boost with visitors to the website increasing by 650% compared to the same period in January 2014*. This coincided with a big rise in numbers of people heading down to their local snow slope or indoor centre. On the day Jenny Jones’ won her Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic bronze medal, Mendip Snowsports Centre  sold out of snowboard lessons and Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre had all their ski and snowboard kit rented out. The following week, Chill Factore sold out of all ski and snowboard lessons and saw a 45% rise in website traffic.

GO SKI GO BOARD, launched in September 2013, is aimed at giving people the chance to give skiing or
snowboarding a go either for the first time or if they have not skied for several years. The campaign is
delivered at 38 snowsports clubs and slopes across England and since its launch 5,930 people have taken a TRY ski or snowboard taster session, with many of these being taken at one of the 24 Slide2Sochi roadshows which took place from September through to February across the country. As well as giving people the chance to give skiing or snowboarding a go with a ‘TRY’ session, GO SKI GO BOARD has also hosted 4,160 people on a full six hour/ six week GO SKI GO BOARD session.

GO SKI GO BOARD will continue to run throughout the spring and summer and into next winter season. The campaign is complemented by information on how to ‘Get Into Snowsports’ on the Snowsport England website (www.snowsportengland.org.uk), which saw a 240% rise in unique visitors** during Sochi 2014. The Slope and Club finder plus the list of Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Clubs received particular interest after the success of the British Slopestyle skiers and snowboarders.

For more information on GO SKI GO BOARD and finding slopes and clubs which run GO SKI GO BOARD courses visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk 
 
Winter Paralympics 2014: Kelly Gallagher wins Great Britain's first ever gold medal at the Games
Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans make history by winning Great Britain their first ever gold medal at the Winter Paralympics, in the super-G, click here to read more...
Rossignol recently helped sponsored the English Alpine Championships and were present in Bormio with 2014/15 years equipment for athletes to test. There was a huge amount of interest in the skis and a lot of positive feedback. So Snowsport England has worked in partnership with Rossignol to provide factory race equipment at reduced prices to registered competitors. Depending on your BASS/FIS points there are 2 different offers. To benefit from these great offers you will need to place an order by the 29th March due to limited stock availability.

To view the offers and get the order forms please visit our website
Schools Race - Saturday 22nd March 2014
There is still time to get your entries in for the North West Ski Federation Schools Race on Saturday 22nd March. Full details and entry forms can be found on club website www.pendleskiclub.org
Yorkshire Ski Federation - Yorkshire Champs Event
Xscape, Castleford June 21st 2014
A Fun event open to everyone, entries will be open until midnight June 13th, after then entries will increase by £10, then close midnight June 17th Please Click Here to Register
Time to Listen Course on 24th May 2014
Please let clubs Child Welfare Officers Know that Snowsport England will be running this training course for CWO's
Please click here  for further information and to book your place online
Sochi – a little piste of history
Don’t let your club’s development go downhill – keep the momentum up with the support of Club Leaders click here to find out more...
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