Rossendale Special Ski Club (Rosski)

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Information on this page was last updated on 16/07/2018

Rossendale Special Ski Club (Rosski) is open to any young person in East Lancashire and neighbouring counties with a Learning Disability who either wants to learn to ski or who can ski.  We are based at the dry ski slope at Ski Rossendale. We are a very friendly welcoming club always looking for new members.

The club is open to any young person in East Lancashire and neighbouring counties with a Learning Disability. The criteria is that they must have or have had a Statement of Special Educational Needs or be on School Action +. There is no upper age limit but we have set a lower age limit of 6 years.

We aim to open up skiing to a group of young people who may never have had the opportunity to ski. We are Associate Members of Special Olympics GB and offer the opportunity to those skiers who meet SOGB criteria the chance to compete at local, national and world level.

We also take a small number of advanced skiers to Switzerland for snow practice. This is really beneficial to the skier as quite often they have never been away from home without their own parent or carer. This also benefits the family as a whole.

All our skiers benefit from regular exercise (we meet weekly) and being part of a team. All training is given at the skier’s level of understanding. Our Head Coach Mike has worked with young people with learning difficulties for many years and Team Manager Andy also assesses each new skier and places them in the appropriate group. The skier works to his/her own pace. Groups are split into Beginner Intermediate and Advanced and each group is further split so skiers are working alongside others of the same ability. This has a massive impact on their confidence as they are pushed to the best of their ability without feeling they are holding others back.

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