Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000



Welwyn Garden City Ski Race Club has over 70 active members, mostly school children. Established in 2005 it’s based at the dry ski slope in Welwyn Garden City and meets regularly every Friday evening and Saturday morning and is run by volunteers – mums, dads and expert trainers. Due to recent changes in the management of the Club’s site, it has been forced to relocate into three 20ft x 20ft containers at the foot of the slope. The new facility is very small, has minimal storage space and no toilets or changing facilities. The Club desperately needs funds to purchase two more containers to house essential toilet and changing areas, not only for its members, but in order to continue running the seven ski races it hosts every year, which attract hundreds of skiers and vital revenue for the Club. The cost for an additional container based toilet and changing facility is in the region of £9,500 this includes the container itself, the ground works with water and electricity, and connection to the nearby main sewer, which is way beyond the Club’s purchasing capability. The project will be completed as soon as the funding is found.

A successful bid would enable the volunteer-led club to continue to exist, improve basic essential facilities and help with the long term goal of attracting new members to ski at the slope. The Club is a great way for young people to exercise, socialise and compete. A funding award from the Aviva Community Fund would be a great boost for the Club’s morale following the ousting from its existing premises. It would also present a great opportunity to get some coverage in the media to help raise its profile.

Ski races hosted at the Welwyn slope include: Four regional events that attract an average attendance of 150 skiers, a national event with 100 plus skiers, two regional ESSKIA events attracting 200 plus skiers and the London Schools’ race.

In addition, a growing number of schools in the local area are using the slope with six school teams and five universities training on a regular basis. Sessions are also run for children with special needs and the Herts Disability Forum on the beginners’ slope using fun rings. Last year, over 50 community groups also used the fun ring facility and 400 beginners were taught to ski at Welwyn.

The Club has produced a number of extremely successful ski racers that have competed in Europe and has fed members into the English Alpine Squad including recently, Eleanor Scranage Harrison.

Whilst the new facilities would be for and managed by the Club, they would also be available for use by anyone wishing to ski at Welwyn. Please support our bid and help Welwyn Garden City Ski Race Club to re-establish its Club house.

Welwyn Garden City Ski Race Club

Moment of Pride

The Ski Club provides an excellent opportunity for personal development. It’s great to see children taking part in a sport they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience. They develop confidence, new skills, their fitness, and work together in a supportive peer environment.

Location: Welwyn Garden City