Learning snowsports, without snow
SKI and Snowboard Australia has partnered with the Australian Sports Commission to bring children all over Australia an opportunity which has never before been offered.
Little Shredders <http:// www.littleshredders.com.au> is a brand new ‘off-snow’ program aimed at teaching children the basics of snowsports without actually visiting the slopes.
Based on the hugely popular Burton Riglet product, Little Shredders provides the opportunity for children to learn the fundamental skills of skiing and snowboarding from the convenience of the school yard or gymnasium, through game based learning.
The program uses modified equipment designed specifically for school children, and is an introductory program that teaches children the fundamental skills and knowledge required to prepare them for an on-snow experience.
“It’s a very exciting program and we can’t wait to provide every Australian child the opportunity to learn how to ski and snowboard before they actually hit the slopes,” said Nick Frayne, national participation and sport development manager, Ski & Snowboard Australia.
“The Little Shredders program will help develop a child’s overall balance, improve their communication skills and provide them an understanding of snow safety, all while having fun and working in teams.”
The program has children learning the correct snowsports stance, practising weight distribution and understanding how to be a safe rider.
The main outcomes of the off-snow, Little Shredders program are teaching school children of all ages about:
Snow safety knowledge;
Bodily and spatial awareness; Basic snowsports stance and skills; Physical preparedness;
“Our school loved being a part of the Little Shredders program,” said Matthew Tomkins of Cairnlea Park Primary School.
“The program is aimed at teaching beginner snowsports and snow safety skills in a fun and engaging format.
“Students were able to display great teamwork and sportsmanship and it is a worthwhile program that engages both students and teachers.”
Skiing and snowboarding are among Australia’s largest and most popular participation sports, attracting more than 1.2 million people to the slopes each year.
Traditionally, Australian children have only been able to learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding at an alpine resort.
ALL BALANCE: Learning to balance on a snowboard - without the boards - in the Little Shredders program these students practice balance and co-ordination - skills that are needed when they finally hit the ski slopes.