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Snowsport England see surge in ski participation following Team GB success in PyeongChang 2018


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Snowsport England se e surge in ski participation following Te GB success in PyeongChang 2018


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Hay Festival unveils 2018 schools programme and calls for Beacons Project applications


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Hay FestivalWales (24May – 3 June) has unveiled the 2018 schools programme featuring a stellar selection of internationally-acclaimed scientists, historians, poets, novelists and entertainers, including authors Julian Clary, Cressida Cowell, Laura Dockrill, Eoin Colfer, David Almond, Patrice Lawrence; poets Joe Coelho and Eric Ngalle Charles; storyteller DanielMorden;maths prodigy Anne-Marie Imafidon; BBC presenter Katie Thistleton; and broadcaster and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney. Blending live performance, workshops and specially-curated days - Thursday 24May (KS and 4) - are free for state schools and funded


by Hay Festival Foundation 2) and Friday 25May (KS 3 storytelling, the two


and theWelsh Government. Last year’s Sc hools Days saw 21,461 pupils attend from105 primary schools and 78 secondary schools fromacross England andWales.


The recent successes of Lizzy Yarnold, Izzy Atkin, JamesWoods, BillyMorgan and Dave ‘the Rocket’ Ryding at the 2018Winter Olympics have put snowsports in the spotlight and generated a surge of interest in the UK’s artificial slopes, with some slopes claiming to have seen more than a 20%in participation increase since The Games began.


Those inspired by the recent snowfall andWinter Olympic performances can take advantage of Snowsport England’s PyeongChang to Piste campaign which offers discount ski and snowboard lessons, events and taster sessions at a range of artificial slopes across the UK.With some facilities offering taster sessions or a block of lessons from around £12 per head it’s never been easier to access the slopes.


‘PyeongChang to Piste’ is run alongside Snowsport England’s national participation campaign, ‘Go Ski Go Board’, which features further detailed information on how and where to get started in snowsports.


As part of their PyeongChang to Piste Campaign Snowsport England has also confirmed dates for their National Schools SnowsportWeek


(www.nssw.co.uk), which will run for the third time in April, just weeks after the conclusion of the PyeongChang 2018Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Taking place fromMonday 23rd until Sunday 29th April 2018, dry and indoor slopes and clubs are set to run free or heavily discounted activities throughout the week, aimed at giving young people from all types of backgrounds the chance to try skiing or snowboarding. The sessions will be open to primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth form colleges across England andWales.


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Kelvinside Academy students receive Great Britain handball call-up


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A trio of Kelvinside Academy S6 pupils have been called-up to the Great Britain U18 training squad ahead of this summer’s European Handball Federation Championships.


Euan Brady, Hamish Bottomley and Zander Geddes will join other U18 hopefuls for intense training camps inMarch and April, ahead of the final selection in July.


The three boys, who also play in the school’s first XV rugby team, formed part of the trailblazing year gr oup to play handball at Kelvinside Academy just five years ago. All three have since represented Scotland at U15, U16 and U17 level.


In the short time since the sport was


introduced at Kelvinside Academy, the school has won 16 national titles, the most recent of which was the U17 schools championship which took


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Kelvinside Academy st udents receive Great Britain handball call-up


place last Friday, and 13 pupils have been capped for Scotland at age grade.


Teacher Fiona Kennedy, who continues to lead the programme which has seen the prestigious west end institution become a centre of handball excellence in Scotland, said: “The pupils caught the bug watching a game at London 2012, and they haven’t looked back since. It’s been infectious, everyone wants to have a go. It’s amazing how quickly so many of our pupils have t aken to the sport .


“With more than 100 of our pupils playing handball every week, the School now employs handball coach, Sarah Carrick, herself a senior GB player. News of these GB call ups should encourage even more people to take part. The boys have really shown both natural talent and immense dedication to reach this level.”


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The Hay Festival Beacons Project is also now open for registrations. A free workshop residency for 16-18-year-olds interested in writing, it offers 20 students fromacrossWales the chance tomeet and work with professional writers, broadcasters and journalists at the festival and develop their creative writing skills.


Hay Festival Schools Days and the Beacons Proj oject are part of the


festival’s wider education work and commitment to young people that also includes Hay Compass, Hay Academy, Hay Levels, free tickets for students, and Hay Festival Scribblers Tour, which takes writers direct to young people all overWales throughout the yea r.


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