In 2013/14 bursaries were awarded to Jonjoe Boulter (skier)
and Brandon Morgan (snowboarder)
March 2015 update
Jonjoe has passed his BASI 1 and 2 – we are very proud of him, well done. For his blog click here
December 2014 update
Jonjoe has been selected by Warren Smith, one of Britain’s leading skiers and a Snow-Camp patron, to train at the Warren Smith Ski Academy in January. He will follow a nine week course, incorporating BASI 1 and 2, and will be a fully qualified ski instructor at the end of it. Well done to him and good luck for the future.
Jonjoe has been successful at gaining a place on the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship programme. He will be one of 5 graduates that they will take on starting July 2014. Their Apprenticeship programme is designed for individuals who wish to gain a broad yet solid foundation to support a career in the snowsports industry and wish to gain key qualifications and practical experience in snowsports delivery, together with mentoring in coaching and leadership skills. There will also be opportunities to work in a variety of snowsport placements across the industry over the 12 month period of the apprenticeship.
Our congratulations to Jonjoe.
The Italy April residential course was Jonjoe and Brandon’s first experience of seeing real mountains, in Pila in the Aosta Valley, Italy. By taking them from their urban inner city environments to the beauty of the mountains, the young people got to experience a horizon widening week away from all the pressures of home. The week was filled with blue skies, great snow and inspirational young people! The Excel trainee instructor group spent the week in the mountains shadowing interski instructors, this provided the real life experience needed to help Brandon and Jonjoe see they have the ability to do the job, and gives them the confidence to seek employment in the ski industry.
At the end of April both Jonjoe and Brandon passed their Snowsport England Level 1 at the Hemel Snow Centre and will come back this summer to teach the new groups starting out learning to ski and snowboard with Snow-Camp.
Jonjoe Boulter – skier
Jonjoe participated fully out on the slopes and during the life-skills sessions. He was voted skier of the week by the staff team as he was always enthusiastic, full of energy, committed and a great team member. He brought people together over the week and worked hard to pass his 20 hours shadowing with interski. Jonjoe has the potential to go really far with his skiing, as he learns fast and is keen to listen and take on constructive feedback to improve his performance
From Jonjoe – Thank you for supporting me on this course. This week has been the best week ever! I have learnt so much and now cannot wait to complete the course so I can come back and volunteer with Snow-Camp. My plans are to pass the course and then apply for the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship programme. Snow-Camp has changed my life and given me the chance to find something that I am passionate about and I want continue after this course. Thank you Myles Robinson Memorial Trust for giving me this opportunity, I would not be here without you!
Brandon Morgan – snowboarder
Brandon had a fantastic week out on the slopes and really progressed his own riding and instructing. This residential experience made his demonstrations stronger and has put him in an excellent position on return to London to pass the course.
From Brandon: Thank you to everyone at the Myles Robinson Memorial Trust for supporting me through Snow-Camp. I cannot believe how far I have come in just 10 months! I am now a confident snowboarder and really looking forward to completing the course. It will be sad that it is the end with this group. I have made lots of new friends and have now been to the mountains, which was amazing! My aim is to apply for the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship and carry on with Snow-Camp working in the Summer.
Both Jonjoe and Brandon passed the Snow-Camp Graduate course and gained a qualification in Health & Fitness. They continued their Snow-Camp journey onto the Excel trainee instructor programme which started in February. This programme is run in partnership with Snowsport England, and is a significant challenge for 20 young people each year who wish to take their skiing and snowboarding to this high level to become a qualified instructor. The young people go through the full Snowsport England training programme covering all aspects of teaching snowsports.
Jonjoe was also chosen to work with Snow-Camp Patron Warren Smith, an Internationally Qualified Performance Coach and Instructor. This was a fantastic session for Jonjoe to learn from the best and perfect his skiing technique.
Jonjoe is an excellent student on the trainee instructor training course. He is a fast learner who is able to put the theory into practice. On 22/23 March the group had their first opportunity to teach people other than the Snow-Camp group. On the Saturday Jonjoe taught a 9 year old boy who had never put on skis before. Jonjoe was so proud on himself! He was able to see the progression the young boy was making, due to his instructing style. This Live teaching weekend is putting Jonjoe in a fantastic position to pass the course when the final assessments come at the end of April.
From Jonjoe: I am really pleased with myself and feel like a proper ski instructor! Through Snow-Camp I now really want to get onto their Apprenticeship programme, I am going to work hard to show to the team I really want this!
Brandon has been engaging well with the Snow-Camp trainee Snowboard instructor course. He was tasked with teaching a 12 year old boy to Snowboard on 22 March. Similar to the skiers, none of these people had never put on a snowboard before. He really enjoyed the experience and said that it has made him want to work hard to learn the course material and make improvements over the next month.
From Brandon: I am really looking forward to Italy, so I can learn from the interski instructors. I have to get 20 hours signed off to pass the course, so I am going to work hard out there.
Italy Residential Course 5-13 April
The young people will be part of a week in the Italian mountains as understudies to real 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 seek employment in the ski industry.
Jonjoe Boulter, 16, Hackney – Skier
Jonjoe got involved with Snow-Camp through his youth project in Hackney. His first experience of snowsports was the 2 day Snow-Camp London Programme in the summer and after this he just wanted to continue and get on the slope for the Graduate programme. He has been a fully committed member of the group on and off the slope.
From Jonjoe: There is nothing to do in the day in my local area and a lot of my friends just sit around and don’t really do anything. It’s great to have Snow-Camp as skiing is something I never thought I would be able to have a go at. So far I have learnt how to ski from scratch, it was really hard to start with but it taught me to stick with it and now I can link my turns and not fall over! I have also learnt lots in the life skills session about using the skills I practice on the slope such as communication and teamwork and use them more in other parts of my life. Thank you, I really appreciate your help and support. I have enjoyed every moment so far with Snow-Camp on the London and Graduate Programmes and it has been the most positive experience for me. I am so happy that the Myles Robinson Memorial Trust has chosen to support me as I would not be able to become a Ski instructor without you.
Brandon Morgan, 17, Lambeth – Snowboarder
Brandon got involved with Snow-Camp through his youth project Streatham Youth and Community centre. Like Jonjoe, his first experience of snowsports was the 2 day Snow-Camp London Programme in the Summer and after this he just wanted to continue and get on the slope for the Graduate programme. He has been a fully committed member of the group. Brandon is currently not in education, employment or training. He has been unemployed for over a year and is aiming to gain a range of new skills qualifications from Snow-Camp so that he can get a job.
From Brandon: There is nothing to do in the day in my local area, I am so lucky to have my local youth club to go to in the evening and now I have Snow-Camp at the weekends. So far I have learnt how to snowboard from scratch, it was really hard to start with but it taught me to stick with it and now I can link my turns. At Snow-Camp I really want to improve my riding so I am able to teach other young people how to snowboard and help them improve their skills. I would like to say thank you very much to the Myles Robinson Memorial Trust for sponsoring me through the rest of the Snow-Camp programmes. I really want to work within the snowsports industry and hopefully I may get onto the Snow-Camp apprenticeship course in July. Without your support I would not be able to afford to continue my new passion of snowboarding.