In 2014/15 bursaries have been awarded to Asher Alex-Maye (skier) and Karl Usher (snowboarder)
December 2016 update
Asher is now working as an instructor as Chel-ski, the new ski centre off the King’s Road in London
Karl is now working part time in tour operator Ski World’s head office in London
July 2015 update
Karl is second on the left
Asher is second on the right
For information on the apprentices, click here
May 2015 update
Snow-Camp have just had their final weekend at the Hemel Snow Centre. On the Saturday they had the skiing and snowboarding groups preparing for their Snowsport England Level 1 assessments by working closely on their riding and skiing technique, along with lots of practice teaching each other their new found knowledge and skills. Sunday brought a different feeling to it. Everyone was eager to get onto the snow and start the assessment day and the young people were as focused as ever. Met by Vicky and Ryan from Snowsport England, they got kitted up and headed out onto the snow.
After a long few hours on the snow, the day ended the best way possible with a very high pass rate for the ski and snowboard groups and everyone was in high spirits. They had done what they set out to achieve and it was clear on the bus journey home, that they all felt like their life was never going to be the same thanks to the Snow-Camp programmes.
Whether the young people apply for the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship or not, both Karl and Asher will come back this summer to teach all the new young people starting out learning to ski and snowboard on our First Tracks programme, giving young people their first experiences of snowsports at Hemel Snow Centre. There is no doubt that Karl and Asher will both make excellent role models and ambassadors for the charity.
The whole Excel group have also all been invited to join the Snow-Camp Youth Forum (SCYF). This provides young people with the opportunity to get more involved in Snow-Camp work. Snow-Camp are passionate about giving young people a voice and empowering them to be creators not consumers of the services. The SCYF develops and maintains links between Snow-Camp management team (board of trustees, staff etc) and the young people Snow-Camp supports. It is run entirely by its members, with Snow-Camp staff attending for support, with two members of the Youth Forum voted in to sit on Snow-Camp’s board of trustees. Asher Snowsport England CertificateKarl Snowsport England Certificate
The pictures are of Asher & Karl with their certificates.
April 2015 update
Asher and Karl have recently returned from a fantastic week in the Italian mountains with Snow-Camp and Interrski, with the young people experiencing the mountains for the first time. They have been improving their skiing techniques on the slopes and undertaking shadowing hours for their Level 1 Snowsport England qualifications. It has really raised the young people’s aspirations by showing them that if you work hard and have some self-belief, you can achieve the goals you set yourself.
Please see their video here
March 2015 update
Italy Residential, Pila, Aosta Valley 4th –12th April 2015
Asher and Karl will be part of a week in the Italian mountains as understudies to real interski instructors, this provides real life experiences needed to help young people see they have the ability to do the job, and gives them the confidence to pass their final assessments and seek employment in the ski industry upon their return.
From Asher: I am loving being on Excel, everything Snow-Camp are doing is helping and giving meAsheran extra step to go further. I want to work on my confidence when instructing and being able to give the right information over clearly. I am looking forward to visiting Italy and skiing on a real mountain for the first time ever. It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come in such a short time – falling over makes me want to try harder! For me skiing takes me away from the circle of people I’ve grown up with but started to grow apart from, as Snow-Camp has made me more motivated for life. I am still unemployed and looking for work but am hoping these new skills and qualifications will lead to a future career in snowsports industry. Thank you for the opportunity and for giving me a chance to become a ski instructor, as this wasn’t my pathway but I am so pleased it now is. I am grateful for all your help, the interest you have shown in me and I want to make The Myles Trust proud.
From Karl: The Excel programme is fantastic! As I am enjoying instructing people, passing on my Karlknowledge and seeing individuals improve. This whole experience is amazing! I now want to work on learning the correct names for each skill and all the different parts of the equipment, so that I am more confident when talking through the coaching cycle with groups. I am most looking forward to going away to Italy and being on real snow. I am also interested in seeing different parts of the industry out of London, as I would like to have a career as a Snowboard instructor one day. Thank you to all at The Myles Trust for this opportunity I also hope that by the end of my journey, I will make you proud and keep your son’s name in legacy.
Jonjoe Boulter, who The Myles Trust helped in 2013/14, has just passed his BASI 1 & 2 – we are very proud of him, well done. For his blog click here
Asher Alex-Maye, 18, Lewisham – Skier
Asher first learnt to ski in the summer at the Hemel Snow Centre. He lives in Forest Hill on his own in Alex-Maye, Ashera supported housing youth hostel. He was referred to Snow-Camp by Lewisham Mayors NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) Programme. Asher never got on well at school and has been struggling to find work, which he has found a frustrating process. Since the Summer Asher has engaged well with Snow-Camp and has been part of the Graduate programme over November and December 2014. Asher has been developing his skiing skills and enjoying inspirational talks each week from ski professionals, ski industry representatives and sports leaders. This has included sessions by International freestyle Skier Warren Smith who helped Asher with his technique and showed him what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. He is also being taught at Hemel Snow Centre by Stacey Pender, who is a young person who came through Snow-Camp 3 years ago and a member of the Snow-Camp Youth Forum.
From Asher: Thank you to everyone at The Myles Trust for giving me the chance to stay involved with Snow-Camp and gain new qualifications. I am going to make the most from this opportunity and want to focus on taking skiing as far as I can. Hopefully this will help me find employment and get a job.
Karl Usher, 16, Westminster – Snowboarder
Karl also learnt at the Hemel Snow Centre during the summer. Snow-Camp Patron and Olympic Usher, KarlMedalist Jenny Jones got involved, coaching the young people and sharing her inspirational story to success. Karl is part of St Andrews Youth Club in Victoria, Westminster which he attends on a regular basis. The next stage in his journey was the Snow-Camp Graduate programme over November and December 2014 on the 6 weekend course. Karl has been developing his skiing skills and enjoying inspirational talks each week from ski professionals, ski industry representatives and sports leaders. This has included sessions by International freestyle Skier Warren Smith and Britain’s Fastest Snowboarder Jamie Barrow. Snow-Camp are all really pleased to have Karl involved on the programmes. He is a shy young person so Snow-Camp are looking forward to supporting him to come out of his shell and feel the instructor programme will improve his confidence. Having to stand in front of a group will be a big challenge for Karl but one Snow-Camp feel he will overcome with support.
From Karl: This is the best opportunity I have ever had, as without your support I would not be involved with Snow-Camp. So far I have met Jenny Jones and Jamie Barrow who have both shown me what can be achieved with hard work. I really enjoy Snow-Camp as I feel it has also helped me in school to stay more focused. This is thanks to The Myles Trust for giving me something to focus on. I am really looking forward to becoming a snowboard instructor.