POLICE FORCE FUNDS SKI LESSONS
6th September 2019
Last modified on December 18th, 2019
A UK police force is paying for youngsters to have ski or snowboard lessons in a bid to deter them from crime.
West Midlands Police will fund a group of 13 to 21-year-olds from Birmingham’s poorest areas to go on a Snow-Camp programme.
It will be run at the Snow Dome in Tamworth over a two-day period.
It is hoped that up to 100 people from across the region will take part.
Snow-Camp is the charity that aims to turn around the lives of under-privileged youngsters through snowsports.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, says it is part of an ongoing drive to prevent young people turning to crime.
The money for the project comes from a government grant which is allocated for the sole purpose of cutting crime.
David Jamieson with Snow-Camp youngsters
“It is pleasing to see how funding can be used to provide new and exciting activities for young people from communities with high levels of deprivation,” David Jamieson said.
“Engaging young people in sports and keeping them off the streets has proven to reduce violence on many occasions.
“The activities on offer will help build confidence, life skills and keep youngsters on a positive path.
“The Snow-Camp programme will offer support to those at risk of getting involved in negative behaviour and provide them with the opportunity to gain qualifications.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s website says that for every hour they are on the slopes, the youngsters will spend the same amount of time in the classroom, taking part in life-skill sessions, focusing on independence, responsibility, confidence and self-esteem.
Chris Walsh, Snow-Camp Midlands Programme Manager said: ” Our programmes require initiative, individuality and courage and therein lies the attraction and challenge providing a much-needed complimentary service to youth service providers and youth clubs.
“Giving young people positive opportunities can turn their lives around.”