Snowsports club praises hard-working volunteers during national awareness week
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Essential work performed by a family of volunteers has been highlighted by a popular winter sports club.
The dedicated group of 300 people carry out a variety of jobs from boot fitting to coaching at the Norfolk Snowsports Club on Whitlingham Lane, Trowse.
Praise for the volunteers, who range in age and backgrounds, comes during national Volunteers' Week which takes place this week.
Emma Smith, marketing co-ordinator for the not-for-profit club, said: 'For us as a club volunteers are essential. It allows us to open to members and non-members seven days a week for skiing, tubing and snowboarding.
'It is real passion and love for the sport that drives them to be so committed to the club.
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'They are integral to the successful running of the club. The man-hours of our volunteers put in is incredible.
'Volunteers also bring about a social side to the club.'
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Other roles the volunteers perform include working behind the bar and helping people with disabilities during the club's adaptive sessions.
Mrs Smith said the volunteers do not have to be skiers or snowboarders.
Josh Tomlinson, 22, who is a volunteer ski coach, said: 'There are not many feelings that can top back flipping off a jump or blasting down a black run and these feelings are a huge part of what made me want to become an instructor and then a coach.'
He enjoyed being able to work as part of a 'huge family of volunteers' to teach people the skills and pass on his enjoyment of the sport.
Sarah Bell, 46, from Bramerton, who volunteers for the club's adaptive sessions, said: 'Being a volunteer at Norfolk Snowsports is like being part of a large extended family. People from every walk of life volunteer at the club, it does not matter if you are 18 or 80, unemployed, or owner of a million pound business, every person is treated the same. The club listens to my ideas.'
She described working for the adaptive team as 'one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life'.
Over the past year the club's volunteer instructors have taught over 6,300 people to ski and snowboard.
To contact the club call 01603 662781 or email email@example.com