Disability Snowsports UK (DSUK) – Brand Showcase

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The second entry in our series of showcases looks at Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) based out of Aviemore, Scotland. One of WMBC’s founding principles is supporting the UK snowsports scene, another is our belief that everybody should have the chance to enjoy the mountains. The work DSUK do sits across both of these and it’s why we’ve recognised them as one of the most important organisations working in the UK scene.

What is DSUK’s ultimate aim?

The vision of DSUK is for skiers and snowboarders with a disability to be able to ski alongside non-disabled skiers as equals at all ski resorts and facilities. We have taken huge strides towards achieving this vision since our inception; now offering adaptive skiing in most areas of the U.K. in many different formats.

How many years has DSUK been operating for and how did the charity begin?

The original idea of using snowsport to provide therapeutic benefits to the disabled came about in the 1970’s and this notion has developed hugely from that point. Through the 1980’s Disability Snowsport UK, at this point named The Uphill Ski Club of Great Britain, pushed adaptive snowsport forward in every sense. This included aiding the design of new equipment, devising a curriculum for Instructor training and developing teaching techniques. This continued through the nineties and in the early 2000’s the new snow dome’s opening in the UK really helped this progress further. In 2005 The Uphill Ski Club of Great Britain and several other similar charities were amalgamated into one charity now called Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK). This merger has hugely strengthened the infrastructure of the sport in the U.K.

What are DSUK’s aims for the future?

We currently deliver over 3000 lessons a year and we would love to increase this year on year to get as many people participating in the sport as possible. After the success of Team GB at the Sochi Paralympics in 2014 we are all working closely with ParaSnowsport UK to help the team achieve even greater success in South Korea in 2018. Aside from this, we will continue to work towards achieving equality in the sport for the disabled in all UK facilities and resorts.

How can people help or get involved?

There are loads of ways to get involved with our work. Firstly, simply by donating funds of any size to the charity through our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/dsukfriends/ .As a small charity with a huge remit we are very reliant on the generosity of the public and we really appreciate all donations. Also, people can choose to fundraise through participation in events – for example we often have people run marathons for our benefit, for more information or support regarding this people can e-mail us at fundraising@disabilitysnowsport.org.uk. A great and very valuable way people can get involved is through volunteering. There are many areas which volunteers could help such as ski schools, at events or on our trips abroad.

To find out more about volunteering for us please visit http://www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk/Get-Involved/Volunteering.aspx

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