Kandahar Racing's junior programme provides a professional, structured and developmental race training environment that encourages trainees to become great all-round snowsports athletes. Our aim is to develop future Olympic champions and we've created a full pathway from entry level through to elite. Ultimately we hope to encourage a passion for snowsports in all our trainees which will help create athletes who are fully committed to ski racing - for the love of the sport!
The junior programme is open to all athletes from 8 - 21 years of age. Trainees can be brand new to ski racing, or can have national team ambitions, our camps work for everyone. Our coaching team provides consistency to the programme which allows us to develop and build upon improvements our trainees make from camp to camp. The annual training programme itself is carefully designed to build upon skills throughout the year and develop at the right pace. The glacier training locations and snowdomes we utilise from May until December ensure the very best out of season snow conditions, weather conditions and facilities. Training then continues during the winter in race locations, enabling our athletes to train on the race pistes they will subsequently compete on. The various championships we attend ensure our trainees are given every opportunity to perform and achieve their goals. In total, junior trainees (U10-U16) can have access to 13 weeks of training and racing, while FIS athletes can have access to 16 weeks of training and racing as part of Kandahar's annual programme. Additionally there are 5 x Indoor training camps on offer in Holland & Belgium throughout the off-season from Apr - Sep.
COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT
Our junior programme is designed to help trainees achieve their sporting ambitions without sacrificing their academic ambitions. Trainees have the opportunity to attend approx 10 weeks of on snow training time during the school holidays which is more than enough to set them on the right track for success in the early stages of their careers. Our school holidays based programme is also supplemented by a term time programme with full academic support in advance of the English and British Championships in order to ensure our most committed trainees are fully prepared for the biggest races of the season. Prior to the English and British Champs we have 2 x fully qualified teachers providing supervised classroom tutoring each afternoon after ski training. Limited academic support will also be available during October and December camps with 1 x fully qualified teacher in location to provide classroom tutoring.
Our FIS programme is being extended to support our growing numbers of athletes moving into the FIS age categories. The 2018/19 FIS programme is based largely around our existing camp structure and GBR FIS races, and will be coached by ex-GBR national team coach Sam Liddell. Our new assistant manager Jo Ryding will also remain actively involved in our FIS programme whenever possible. The FIS programme will incorporate Summer Camp, October Camp, December Camp, the English Champs (+ 2 weeks lead up training) and the British Champs (+ 1 week lead up training). Additionally, the FIS group will have an optional pre-season training and racing block in Hemsedal, Norway from 17 Nov - 15 Dec that will give them access to over 10 x FIS starts. Then after New Year the FIS group will have another week long race camp in a location TBC (FIS calendar dependent) from 02-09 Jan. In total, FIS athletes will have access to 16 weeks of training and racing as part of Kandahar's annual programme.
For 2018/19 we are offering a core programme that's open to any trainees who are able to commit in advance to at least 11 weeks training and racing throughout the annual programme. The aim is to provide committed athletes the opportunity to have a carefully structured and planned annual programme at an affordable price, paid for monthly by direct debit. Each age category will have a coach assigned to them for the duration of 2018/19 and the inlier cost will be £995pppw (excl flights & race entries). Core programmes are available for U10-U16 trainees and also FIS athletes. For more information and to apply, please download and complete the attached core programme contracts for U10-U16 and for FIS.
Working closely with Jake Richardson from the Cross Collective, we are gradually building our Ski Cross programme which runs in tandem with our existing Alpine programme. Both disciplines complement each other – without a strong Alpine background it’s not possible to succeed at Ski Cross, similarly exposure to Ski Cross can provide great benefits to the Alpine racer. Ski Cross opportunities with Kandahar are available on our Summer, October & December training camps.
|SUMMER CAMP||FONNA, NOR||22–29 JUL 2018|
|INDOOR AUGUST CAMP||LANDGRAAF, NED||30 Aug - 02 SEP 2018|
|INDOOR LOWLAND CHAMPS||SNOW VALLEY, BEL||20–23 SEPT 2018|
|OCTOBER CAMP||SAAS FEE, SUI||21 OCT – 04 NOV 2018|
|PRE-SEASON FIS CAMP||HEMSEDAL, NOR||17 NOV - 15 DEC 2018|
|DECEMBER CAMP||GOL, NOR||15–22 DEC 2018|
|ANGLO-SCOTTISH CHAMPS||PILA, ITA||02-09 JAN 2019|
|ENGLISH SKI CHAMPS||BORMIO, ITA||02–23 FEB 2019|
|INTER-SCHOOLS CHAMPS||PILA, ITA||16-19 MAR 2019|
|BRITISH SKI CHAMPS||TIGNES, FRA||24 MAR – 13 APR 2019|
|INDOOR APRIL CAMP||LANDGRAAF, NED||18-21 APR 2019|
|INDOOR BASS RACES||LANDGRAAF, NED||22-27 MAY 2019|
|INDOOR JUNE CAMP||LANDGRAAF, NED||07-09 JUN 2019|