Books replaced with skis and snowboards

26 February 2014 20:18
The school sports project in action
The school sports project in action -
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For school children, experiencing snow sports can sometimes be difficult. In the Netherlands, this problem is emphasised by the absence of natural mountains with snow. But there is solution. Bring snow sports to the schools.

In cooperation between the regional Dutch school boards, winter sport clubs, accommodation services, the municipal governments and supporting companies an innovative experience with simulations, virtual games, videos and physical games is organised. The experience emulates a snow sports environment and gives children that feeling of the snow. The tour begins with nine stops around the city of Amsterdam before travelling the country. Each stop will see about 1000 students participating and best of all, the event is free for all children.

After the introduction, follow-up lessons are given at clubs and hotels with winter sports.

Bart de Wolf Sport Development Manager from the Dutch Ski Association commented ‘We want to see children enjoy the winter sports in their own schools where they normally are not able to learn more about snowboarding, ski jumping or biathlon, and how just to have fun with these sports!’

For more information on locations click here to visit the FIS SnowKidz Event Locator or watch a video of the Wintersport Experience at www.wintersport.nl.