Aimee Hudgell has been involved with Snow-Camp since 2015, after being hooked up with the charity from Ealing Youth Services with a targeted youth group. Her youth worker said she needed a positive direction as she was starting to mix with the wrong crowds in her area. When she started with Snow-Camp she was shy and reserved and would hardly talk to anyone outside of the group she arrived with.

Over the last two years Aimee has grown in confidence and achieved a series of qualifications through Snow-Camp programmes including the Snowsport England Level 1 Instructor qualification. But the 17-year-old hasn’t stopped there.

Aimee was accepted on to the Snow-Camp Apprenticeship Programme in 2016, after she showed commitment, passion and motivation to starting a career in the snowsports industry.

As part of the Apprenticeship Programme, Aimee has been provided with a work placement at SkiWorld’s head office, where she supports the HR department.

Her youth leader said: “It’s done wonders for her and she is already thinking about how she can mix her passion for hair and beauty and skiing together for a career in the mountains.

“They have been so pleased and amazed at how Snow-Camp has become such a positive activity for her to focus on and progress in.”

Aimee was also given the opportunity to attend the CDC Performance Camp, where she was given further skiing training from Snow-Camp Patrons Chemmy Alcott and Dougie Crawford. She regularly volunteers on programmes, teaching the new cohort of young people starting their Snow-Camp journey, further showing how much she has grown in confidence over the last 18 months.

Aimee says: “The area I’m from is boring, full of drugs and crime, it can be really negative and not a nice place to live really. To be offered something more positive is amazing.

“It’s amazing to be given this opportunity to do something I would never have done myself. I get to go out to the Alps and ski on the mountains, which is something I’ve never even considered before. Thank you for this once in a life time opportunity.”

*Snow-Camp provides young people, who would not otherwise have access, to experience snow sports for the first time, starting with a two-day introduction to skiing and snowboarding through to training young people to be Level 1 instructors, all the way to apprenticeships and full-time jobs in the skiing industry.

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