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05 February 2013

 

Another year, another supported British Schoolboys Race in Meiringen Switzerland.

 

Click below to view a 2 minute video of the race. Enjoy!

 

The Race

 

 

 

23rd February 2009

SnOasis sponsors British Schoolboys Races for a 5th year.

 

Now in its 11th year this annual ski competition has grown in popularity and nowadays accommodates 200 competitors from over 30 British schools. The competition will take place over a four-day period and feature three separate races, a parallel slalom “head to head” race, a slalom and a giant slalom. Races will operate strictly in adherence with British Competition rules counting towards the British seed points system.  Meiringen in the Swiss Alps will once again provide a stunning backdrop for all competitors, support teams and spectators to enjoy.

 

Godfrey Spanner, Managing Director of Onslow Suffolk, the developer of SnOasis said: “Once again, it’s a great pleasure for us to be involved with this competition. Also, it’s wonderful to see such energy, team spirit and determination from both the competitors and the organisers”.

 

He continued: “Fostering young talent lies at the heart of the SnOasis ethos.  When open, SnOasis will operate as a centre of excellence for a wide selection of winter sports; therefore, we can confidently predict that one day some of today’s schoolboy racers will be training with us as Olympians”.

 

For the Schoolboys Races photo album 2009 please go to the links page.

 

8th January 2009

 

Going for Gold with SnOasis
World’s First Centre of Excellence for UK Winter Sports

 

 

 

Snowsport GB, the governing body for the British Ski and Snowboard Teams, has announced a major sponsorship deal with SnOasis, the world’s first indoor winter sports resort and what will become the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for competitive snow sports.

 

The SnOasis development, near Ipswich, Suffolk, will be complete in 2012 and become the first UK-based training home for the British Ski and Snowboard teams. Today's top athletes including Chemmy Alcott, Noel Baxter and Dan Wakeham, as well as future ski and snowboard stars, will benefit from being able to develop their winning skills on home ground and build their standing as contenders for podium positions on the international competitive circuit.

 

Mark Simmers, chief executive of Snowsport GB, said: "SnOasis is the most significant development for competitive snowsports, not just for Britain but on a global scale and is an unparalleled opportunity for the UK teams. We have the talent and ability in Britain to win Olympic medals. A centre of excellence with resources from all year training to in-house medical and fitness teams means we can replicate the success of the Bejiing Olympics.”

 

SnOasis was recently granted Government approval for construction of the £350 million ‘Super Site’. It will feature Europe’s largest indoor ski slope at over 415 metres in length with a 100 metres vertical drop. It will also host a World Cup standard Half Pipe, one of only two in Europe, giving a major boost to snowboarding in the UK. There will be facilities for 14 different winter sports disciplines in total including the first ever 400 m speed skating track in the UK.

 

Plans are also underway to attract FIS World and Europa Cup competitions in snowboard and alpine skiing to the UK, which are normally only held in mainland Europe and North America. British athletes will get the chance to compete in front of “home” spectators, which will be a huge boost for the sport.

 

Chemmy Alcott said: “We all want to achieve the very highest accolades in our sport and it is fantastic to get this investment for all winter sports. Very few teams in the world will be able to train on snow 365 days a year. I also can’t wait for the chance to compete in front of home crowds which will be unbelievable.”

 

Godfrey Spanner, managing director of Onslow Suffolk, the developer of SnOasis said:“The vision to create a dedicated training centre for all British snowsports has taken over eight years but now we will be creating a world-class training and development facility, unrivalled across the globe. Our current athletes are competing at the top level and there is an amazing potential for youth development across all winter sports. They will have year round access to snow-based training and additional teams of expertise to complement existing support. We are absolutely committed to helping our athletes win gold medals.”

 

In addition to world-class training facilities, SnOasis and Snowsport GB will work with Essex University to put in place dedicated programmes for athlete development in their sporting discipline but also offering higher education opportunities to fit with training and competitions.

 

 

6th November 2008

 

GO-AHEAD CONFIRMED FOR SnOasis

 

Following long awaited government final approval the UK is to get the world’s first indoor winter sports resort. Work will now commence on the 350 acre, £350 million, privately funded development, bringing enormous economic benefits to the local area and the country as a whole. As well as housing Europe’s largest indoor ski slope SnOasis has been specifically designed to become the country’s first centre of excellence for winter sports athletes. Fourteen different sports disciplines will be brought together and provided with training facilities to match, if not surpass, the best in the world. Also, as a truly unique all-encompassing tourist destination offering an extensive array of sports, leisure and entertainment activities, visitor numbers are projected to be in the region of 650,000 per year. This figure will include: day visitors, short stay holidaymakers, conference delegates and athletes using the Sports Academy.

 

During the construction phase, which will take 30 months, it is expected that 3,500 jobs will be created. When complete, a further 1,800 full-time equivalent jobs will be provided. These new employment opportunities will stimulate the local economy through spending in shops, increased demand for accommodation and the sourcing of supplies from businesses within the region. Nationally, the full impact of the economic benefits on the construction, manufacturing, tourist and winter sports industries will only be truly understood once the project is underway.

 

Deemed a ‘Super Site’ by the construction industry means this aspect alone will make it of international importance. Combining the size of the project with the fact that it will generate 75% of its energy from low carbon and renewable technologies puts it at the forefront of construction techniques, which no doubt, will be closely monitored by governments and developers from around the world.

 

Locally, a package of benefits costing £29 million will be put in place covering a wide range of projects including: improvements to the intersection of the A12 and A14 roads, a new main line Railway Station linking to London Liverpool Street, a 50 acre ecological mitigation area, cycle tracks, the planting of 130,000 trees, plus an array of skills and training initiatives. Also, working in conjunction with a number of education establishments plans are underway to develop programmes aimed at educating students at all levels in disciplines related to the project.

 

Godfrey Spanner, Managing Director of Onslow Suffolk, the developers of the scheme said: “At last we have final approval, after eight years and costs running into many millions, we can move forward and give our country something unique to be proud of. SnOasis will now become a reality bringing with it countless opportunities for jobs, the local and national economies, education, athletes and the winter sports industry.”

 

He continued: “We have been working hard behind the scenes with various winter sports bodies to attract major competitions to SnOasis. We can confidently say once complete it will host an ever growing number of international events, leading to it becoming a regular venue on the world winter sports circuit. These activities will undoubtedly bring further benefits and kudos to our country.”

 

20th June 2008

Leading figures from winter sports governing bodies visit SnOasis.

 

Four of the county’s top winter sports officials have recently spent the day in Suffolk meeting with representatives from several of the region’s educational establishments, including the Human Performance Unit from the University of Essex, and familiarising themselves with the size and scope of the SnOasis site.

 

All of the organisations involved believe that SnOasis will provide the UK with an invaluable world-class facility, which could be utilised by elite athletes training for major competitions. And, that it will deliver a multifunctional venue to house national and international championships across a range of disciplines.

 

They also envisage that SnOasis will play a much wider roll in the development of young talent. At present each winter sport organisation has its own development programme which tries to identify youngsters who have the potential to become medal-winning athletes. These programmes are mainly designed to concentrate on young people already involved with a particular sport. Although these initiatives produce an ongoing stream of athletes it is now widely believed that the country has a huge pool of untapped sporting talent, which should be exploited. For an example of this thinking - virtually every town in the country has a skatepark with young riders performing the most amazing manoeuvres. But just imagine for a moment, take a skateboard, take off the wheels, take away the concrete, replace it with snow, slightly change the board, keep the same rider, and you could have a talented snowboarder; given the right opportunity.

 

To provide that opportunity these organisations, along with the management of SnOasis, are initiating strategies that will help to tap into this, as yet, unidentified talent. The initial aim is to combine existing specialist development programmes with “Talent ID” initiatives, which are already in place, to make sure that the country does not miss out on any potential winter sports stars, whatever their background, status or perceived ability.

 

21st May 2008

SnOasis sponsors British Schoolboys Races for a 4th year.

 

Now in its 10th year this annual ski competition has grown in popularity and nowadays accommodates 200 competitors from over 30 British schools. The competition will take place over a four-day period and feature three separate races, a parallel slalom “head to head” race, a slalom and a giant slalom. Races will operate strictly in adherence with British Competition rules counting towards the British seed points system.  Meiringen in the Swiss Alps will once again provide a stunning backdrop for all competitors, support teams and spectators to enjoy.

 

Godfrey Spanner, Managing Director of Onslow Suffolk, the developer of SnOasis said: “It’s a great pleasure for us to be involved with this competition. Also, it’s wonderful to see such energy, team spirit and determination from both the competitors and the organisers”.

 

He continued: “Fostering young talent lies at the heart of the SnOasis ethos.  When open, SnOasis will operate as a centre of excellence for a wide selection of winter sports; therefore, we can confidently predict that one day some of today’s schoolboy racers will be training with us as Olympians”.

 

For the Schoolboys Races photo album 2008 please go to the links page.

 

 

 

8th May 2008

SnOasis gets the go-ahead bringing an avalanche of opportunities.

 

Following government approval, work on the world’s first indoor winter sports resort will now commence delivering enormous economic benefits to the local community and the country as a whole. Costing an estimated £350 million the privately funded development will be deemed a “Super Site” by the construction industry, meaning this aspect alone will make it of international importance. Locally, a package of benefits costing £29 million will be put in place covering a wide range of projects including: the planting of 130,000 trees, a 40 acre ecological mitigation area, improvements to the Copdock intersection of the A12 and A14, skills and training initiatives, plus a main line Railway Station linking to London Liverpool Street in just over an hour. The full impact of the economic benefits will only be truly understood once the project is underway.

 

During the construction phase it is expected that 3,500 jobs will be created. When complete, a further 1,800 full-time equivalent jobs will be provided. These new employment opportunities will stimulate the local economy through spending in shops, the need for accommodation increasing demand and prices, and the sourcing of supplies from businesses within the region. As far as possible contracts will be awarded to local companies further strengthening the projects benefit to the economy.

 

On completion, SnOasis will provide the UK with the ultimate winter sports resort, and the world with a totally new holiday and sports concept.  Covering 350 acres, the family themed resort will feature recreational activities encompassing winter sports of all kinds plus an extensive array of other sports. In addition to being a resort destination it will become a winter sports centre of excellence for athletes preparing for major competitions, with facilities matching the best in the world. Also, working with several educational establishments plans are underway to develop strategies aimed at educating students at all levels in disciplines related to the project.

 

The wider scheme proposals include plans for the development of around 421 new homes on an adjacent site including 35% of affordable housing, provision of land and a financial contribution for a new school and police station, highway improvements, roadside nature reserve and a cycle track.

 

Godfrey Spanner, Managing Director of Onslow Suffolk, the developer of the scheme said: “My nightmare is over, now my dream can begin. We have been working on this project for six years, with costs running into many millions. At last, SnOasis will become a reality to the benefit of Ipswich, Suffolk, East Anglia, the country, and of course, all of our hopes for greater success at major winter sports competitions.”

 

He continued: “It’s now time to move forward, just think, we will now be able to hold major international winter sports events in the UK, many for the first time.  Also, we will give the 4 million winter sports enthusiasts, our athletes and the Ski industry in general a truly national focus. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Olympic Association, past Sports Ministers, Tourism bodies and all who supported us throughout the planning process for their help.”

 

7th April 2008

SnOasis has one last hurdle to overcome.

 

Secretary of State for Communities, Hazel Blears, has asked for confirmation that the scheme will conform to the Draft PPS1 relating to climate change before a final decision is made. This Government policy looks at: Delivering Sustainable Development and accompanying guidance, the Planning System in particular looks at the prudent use of natural resources, plus, high stable levels of economic growth and employment.

 

From the very beginning Onslow Suffolk Ltd, the developers of SnOasis, have set a demanding set of principles to guide the development and operation of the scheme.

These include the following:

  • Enhancing the natural environment.

  • Prudent use of resources.

  • Efficient use of, and wherever possible, reduction of energy consumption.

  • Minimising waste and maximising recycling levels.

  • Personal and professional development for staff.

  • Contribution to the local economy and a drive to meet the needs of the national and regional objectives for sustainable tourism.

 

If given the go-ahead SnOasis will be the world's first indoor winter sports resort. It will also mean approximately 3,500 construction jobs, over 1,800 full time operational jobs, a commitment to the use of local labour and services, inward investment, a multiplier effect in the wider area, plus, it will be a catalyst in raising the profile of Suffolk as a major leisure destination.

 

After careful analysis it can be predicted that the SnOasis development not only contributes to sustainable development at Best Practice levels, it also meets the aims and key priorities of Government policy towards sustainable development, in many and various ways.

 

The final decision is expected to be announced in early May.

 

 

 

Thanks for keeping us up to date on SnOasis stories - have there been any more recent updates you're planning to post in the near future? photographer edinburgh

 

mography | Mon, 09/07/2009 - 10:44