“Our daughter has thrived within the superb environment that Excel’s Full Time Programme creates.”
The combination of focuses allow individuals to develop securely without losing track of any of the key components of the programme. With Ski racing at its heart, the key element must be love of the sport, something you feel when meeting the team. The ability to ski on a wide number of mountain areas rather than be fixed to one, both within gates and when free skiing enhances and deepens that passion and has given our daughter confidence to take on any challenge. The remarkably low ratio of athlete to high quality coaches allows detailed support and feedback to be given and new targets regularly set. This means that our daughter has returned from a year away and quickly regained confidence and technical ability. The regular assessments and reporting cover not just skiing but fitness levels and training needs when back in the UK. The pastoral care and athlete support provided within the Academy has meant she has settled into a new family life even though she is far from home.
The other key component, the ability of each athlete to maintain their education whilst training runs hand in hand with the on snow programme. The fully professional programme provides superb feedback to parents and teachers in every subject on a weekly basis and our daughter has been supported to grow in confidence and organisation in order to keep up with her studies despite being away from half of the school year. From our experience the education programme is second to none. The latest development of joining the local High School for lesson time and interacting with local pupils, adds depth and quality to all aspects of Academy Life. Joining Excel is without doubt the best decision we could have made for our daughter as she follows her dream of a life in ski racing.