DCSIMG

Pupils ski their way to success

Brotherton & Byram Community Primary school children get a weeks worth of ski lessons at Xscape, with a presentation at the end of the week with Olympic skier Katie Summerhayes.
p304a424

Brotherton & Byram Community Primary school children get a weeks worth of ski lessons at Xscape, with a presentation at the end of the week with Olympic skier Katie Summerhayes. p304a424

Youngsters sloped off from their usual PE lessons to take part in a skiing course.

The year four pupils, from Brotherton and Byram Community Primary School, have enjoyed four weeks of lessons at Xscape, thanks to the school’s sports funding.

The children revisited the Glass Houghton slopes last week, when they were joined by the UK’s number one freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes and Team GB ski coach Pat Sharples, who presented them with certificates for completing the course.

Headteacher Gail Brown said: “It was whilst watching the Winter Olympics at Socchi that the thought first came into my mind.

“As a school community we are located less than 20 minutes from Xscape. Our children are not from families that would annually access a skiing holiday and few of our children access the facility - so for me, it was a chance to use the sports funding that we are now allocated and think outside the box.

“It was a chance to offer them a taste of a sport that ordinarily they may never have a chance to sample. We decided that while the funding was provided, we would commit to every year four class accessing a four-week ski course, where they would go for one hour every week. They would learn the basics and who knows - one or two just may get the bug for it.

Last week, the children skied alongside Katie and Pat and then were able to watch as they displayed some of their tricks.”

Pat Sharples said: “It was just so great for Katie and myself to get to have a fun ski with such enthusiastic happy children at SnoZone.

“We were both super impressed with how well they were skiing after only four lessons and we felt very honoured to have been invited to hand them their certificates. Well done to Brotherton and Byram school for arranging this.”

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page