A popular Granite City snowsports centre is set to run the first block of a programme for people with additional support needs since some of its members struck gold at the Special Olympics GB National Alpine Skiing Competition this month (February).

Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports, operated by award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen, runs a pathway programme for anyone from age four and over with additional support needs.

The programme aims to offer a parallel pathway to the mainstream programme in order to allow everyone in the north-east the opportunity to get involved with snowsports, regardless of age, ability or gender. 

Graeme Dale, Sport Aberdeen Head of Sport and Active Communities, said:

“Providing opportunities for all individuals, regardless of ability or any perceived barriers, to take part in sport and work together to brings a great sense of achievement to both the participants and the team. 

“As a registered charity Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to take part in sport. We have such a brilliant facility right on our doorstep and I would encourage those who are keen to take to the slopes to get in touch.” 

Beth Woodall, Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports Senior Instructor, said: 

“I am really proud that we are able to deliver an additional support needs pathway as part of our extensive snowsports programme here in Aberdeen, and the achievements that we see week in and out, along with the smiles that come with it, are so rewarding.”  

Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports run the programme in partnership with Special Olympics Grampian to provide opportunities for eligible athletes to take part in Special Olympics registered events. 

Special Olympics Grampian Area (SOGA) athlete, Emily Plant who trains on the pathway programme recently won a gold medal in the Giant Slalom event at the Special Olympics GB National Alpine Skiing Competition in Switzerland.  

Speaking of the importance of the additional support needs pathway programme, Emily Plant said:

“The programme is great because the instructors are really friendly, and you get to meet people with disabilities like yourself. 

“You go on trips away with your friends to new countries competing on snow and having lots of fun. I am very lucky to be a part of the programme.” 

If you are interested in participating in the Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports ASN programme, which will commence on 26 February, please email [email protected]

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