FIS President Weighs in on SnowKidz
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper gives his take on SnowKidz
For the past two seasons SnowKidz has exceeded 750 events and actions in a 12 month period. Whilst this momentum was excellent we remained humble and did not predict the programme would exceed 800. However this doubt was unfounded.
The 2018/2019 season of SnowKidz saw 810 events and actions take place. The number represents a key point in the timeline of snow sports as never has the global snow sports community seen such a large action to sure up the future of the snow sports globally. What is even more reassuring is that SnowKidz actions are backed up by its twin programme World Snow Day. These two programmes
share similar goals and together have created so called yellow brick road to a healthy future for snow sports.
On the topic of goals, SnowKidz has completed three of its five goals for the current period. The completed goals are 1 year ahead of schedule meaning we can embark on some more ambitious projects in the coming season. As I write this foreword one of these ambitious projects is already underway and we look forward to sharing the results with you soon.
As well as excellent Organisers, SnowKidz has the privilege of working with excellent partners. One such partner is the European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (FESI). Together with FESI, FIS has submitted an application to the European Union’s Erasmus + programme to obtain further funding for SnowKidz Organisers in European Union countries. The project is a pilot, but shows promise. Should a positive result return, FIS will implement the action into SnowKidz officially.
To summarise SnowKidz, like it's young participants, is healthy. The programme is active, achieving its goals and reporting back good results when tested. FIS is looking forward to caring for the health of this programme and ensuring it has a long fruitful life.