Each winter, Interski instructors are on the look out for talented youngsters. Their brief is to assess performance, personality and adaptability and, where these criteria are met, supply our Snowsport School Manager with a video on the students in question. Approximately 30 of these (mostly) 16-18 year olds are then invited to a day's intensive training in the UK in July where they will touch upon many of the elements which make up the content of a ski instructor examination and where they will be assessed on their ability to both understand and perform to an acceptable level within these areas. Trainers will review notes and video footage taken on the day to draw up a final shortlist of 10 gifted scholars.
The lucky 10 students will benefit from:
- A BASI Level 1 instructor course in Italy in December 2012 with a national trainer.
- A further two weeks BASI Level 2 course in Italy at Easter 2013 with a national trainer, at the end of which they should hopefully have achieved BASI Level 2 status and be qualified to teach on reaching their 18th birthday.
- Transport to and from Italy.
- Three weeks half board hotel accommodation + lunches on the mountain.
- Lift passes and professional supervision... all with the compliments of Interski.
- Use of skis, boots and bindings.
- Ski jacket and trousers (to keep)... courtesy of Animal.
- Insurance... courtesy of Fogg Travel Insurance Services
- The student's stay in Italy will have been as a paying member of a group booked on the Interski School and Colleges programme
- Their target age will be between 16 and 18 years
- They will be students in full-time education
The Interski Scholarship Selection for the 2012/13 season took place in Manchester on 06/07/12. A total of 24 skiers from various schools around the UK were invited to attend, selected from approximately 1500 students in their age group who had travelled with Interski on a Schools and Colleges package last season. Working in teams of eight, the candidates were assessed on their technical abilities, worked in pairs to teach mock lessons and also learnt some new skills along the way. Once again there was a really strong bunch of candidates. Everyone represented their school impeccably and should be justifiably proud of their achievements. The names of the ten lucky participants for 2012/2013 are as follows:
- Matteo O'Mahoney - Oswestry School
- James McMurray - Oswestry School
- Matthew Royce - Meldrum Academy
- Richard Barr - Barrhead High School
- Jamie Weatherston - Barrhead High School
- Joshua Milne - Oxted School
- Edward Grice - Sir Joseph Williamsons Mathematical School
- Celeste Kellock - St Margaret's Academy
- Callum McEwan - Alloa Academy
- Zoe Embleton - Teesdale School