Newmilns Snow & Sports Complex (NSASC) is the UK's only charity ski slope. We are a volunteer led, community run social enterprise organisation who use snow sports as a mechanism for positive health, well-being, and social change in our local community.
The facility was council owned until 2004 when members of the community saved it from closure. In 2013, 9 years after taking over the running of the old ski slope from East Ayrshire Council, NSASC started a project to replace the old ski slope with a state of the art 110m main slope and 35m beginner slope. The new slopes have been in operation for six years and have proven to be even more successful than we predicted. We're now seeking to manage this growth by increasing our capacity.
We are looking to build a brand new tubing track situated beside our party hut. The slope will be 10m wide and 50m long with a designated walkway.
We have been successful in gaining some funding from the wonderful Ayrshire LEADER to build the new tubing track but, we need to contribute £45,000 to the total.
WHY WE NEED A NEW SLOPE
We have been growing each year and one of our biggest barriers to growth is our limited space. By building another slope we:
- would have space for 30% more skiers and snowboarders.
- could run tubing sessions at ANY time without having to block it off due to advanced ski sessions, increasing sessions by 20%.
- would improve the safety of our users by separating snow sports and tubing.
- could run additional support needs sessions at any time without having to close the slope.
- can offer unlimited access to our jump for our young aspiring athletes.
- would save thousands of pounds on maintenance by having a designated walkway for tubers - our mats have a much shorter lifespan if they’re walked on.
- could have more groups at the slope during our peak times.
- would reinvest any profit back into the facility and our community.
OUR IMPACT SO FAR
In our first year operating after the renovations we had 8 volunteer directors, 2 full time and 3 sessional members of staff. We now have a team of 15 volunteers and trainees, 15 sessional and 4 full time staff.
“I started skiing at the ski slope at school and was lucky enough be selected for the trainee program that funded my first ski qualification and I now work as a ski instructor whilst at college” - Harry Dawson (former 'Instructor and Volunteer Pathway' trainee)
This year we have delivered sessions to over 30,000 people, subsidised school trips for over 6000 pupils in deprived areas, taken on 4 new young trainees and created 8 new local jobs. We have also committed to paying the living wage as a minimum to all of our employees and gained our 'Investing in Volunteers' award.
“Newmilns from our initial visit, was welcoming, supportive and had a sense of fun and enjoyment and an obvious love of skiing and the sport from all staff (instructors and office staff). I simply can’t praise Newmilns Snow and Sport Complex enough - they are amazing and have been so supportive, patient and encouraging with all of us.” Gill Darbyshire (Customer)
One of our most successful projects this year was our Active Schools Sessions for primary school children in Ayrshire.
"It has been incredible to watch young people develop confidence and build resilience through skiing, and to see some of them progress to competition after only a few weeks on the slopes." (South Ayrshire Active Schools)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
The project is expected to take 4 months but, once it’s completed, we would like to thank you for your support and give something back. That’s why we’re offering lots of rewards for all budgets valid from now.
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