The competitive atmosphere of Wimbledon has rubbed off at the Ski Club! 

This week, two staff members took up the challenge of playing 180 continues games of table tennis in aid of Snow-Camp’s #Switch 180 campaign.  If the challenge itself wasn’t tough enough, the pair decided to complete the marathon in ski boots! Joe and James arrived bright and early at 7am to begin a sponsored series of games which saw them smash their target pledge of £500.

Seven Snow-Camp apprentices came along to support Joe and James, joining in with the games and cheering them on. The visitors included Rashane and Hamza, who have completed work experience placements at the Ski Club. Hamza is now in full-time employment at Chelski, working as a Ski Instructor.

Snow-Camp apprentice Ethan said: “I find with snowboarding, as with a lot of extreme sports, it’s the community that’s wonderful. It’s hard to not be happy when you’re doing the sport.”

Another supporter who joined us on the day was Olympian, Snow Camp Ambassador and Ski Club Honorary President, Chemmy Alcott. Chemmy came armed with her Olympic ski catsuits along with partner Dougie and son Locki, who was the most adorable ball boy we have ever seen on court. Locki put on a smashing performance, sporting miniature ski boots and even a Ski Club t-shirt. And although the players were more streamlined in the catsuits, they gave in to the heat after a few rounds. 

Chemmy said: “It’s amazing to see the Switch 180 campaign change lives. Whatever level you’re at in life, someone has taken the opportunity to believe in you which has changed your life for the better, and that’s what Snow-Camp are doing for so many.”

Joe and James certainly put the boots through their paces, sporting Salomon MTN Explore models provided by Freeze Pro Shop. After 10 hours and 35 minutes of continuous play, and some very sweaty feet, the pair hit their target of 180 games and laid down their bats, triumphant. Overall, James reigned supreme, winning 102 games to Joe’s 78, but the latter bagged the final game insisting it was the most important. The Ski Club is very thankful to everybody who donated towards the £500 target, and contributed £200 to the cause, boosting the grand total to £739.

The Switch180 campaign helps SnowCamp to deliver apprenticeships to inner-city young people, providing the opportunity to learn life skills, gain qualifications and find jobs through snowsports. The money raised will go towards enhancing the lives of more young people through snowsports, and we look forward to seeing the results.

#Switch180 Table Tennis Marathon


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