A YOUTH charity which uses skiing, snowboarding and life skills to support young people has been featured on BBC’s Ski Sunday show.

Snow-Camp, which is based in Portland Road, Hove, enables inner city young people to carve out a career in snowsport.

This is done by gaining a Snowsports England Instructor qualification alongside vocational training in the industry

The charity has supported more than 7,500 young people and has a vision to become a national charity by next year.

Founder Dan Charlish said: “I was inspired to start Snow-Camp by the young people I was working with on a youth community project.

“I soon realised that young people growing up in central London had very low educational and employment aspirations.

“In 2003 we took 13 kids on a life-changing skiing trip to the French Alps.

“Straight away I noticed that the change in environment had a significant impact on their attitudes and actions.

“The rest is history. I knew there was nothing out there offering inner city youth that kind of opportunity.”

The programmes run by the charity give young people the chance to develop their skiing and snowboarding skills.

Participants work hard on the indoor slopes to gain qualifications towards becoming a fully accredited skiing instructor after one year.

All participants take part in life skills and ski industry sessions to expose them to the wide range of career opportunities in snowsports.

The young people can gain a range of qualifications.

The feature on Ski Sunday showcased a former participant alongside celebrity patron Jenny Jones.