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Equity Blog - Items filtered by date: April 2016

  • Published in Sport

Top 5 Apps for Sports Tours

Make sure you are tour ready with our top 5 rated sports tour apps

 

Waterlogged App

1. Waterlogged App

Making sure you and your students keep hydrated throughout your sports tour is a number one priority in tour prep and whilst you are on tour. Features include alerts when you need to consume more water and shows how many litres you should be and are currently consuming. This app will ensure that children are maintaining hydration levels whilst engaging in physical activity whatever the weather.

Find out more... Waterlogged App

 

I.C.E App

2. I.C.E App

Being prepared for all kinds of emergencies when at home and abroad is essential. The free app can hold emergency contacts such as parents, doctor and local medical services and list of allergies about all your students and staff to ensure all party members have a safe tour.

Find out more... I.C.E App

 

Teamstuff

3. Teamstuff

If you’re looking for the easiest way to manage your team both on and off tour then Team Stuff is the app for you. Teamstuff App takes away the stress and paperwork and allows you to record previous scores, goal scorers, man of the match, team tactics and squad members. Managing your team on tour has never been easier.

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ParentComms

4. ParentComms

The ParentComms app offers the chance for parents to stay connected with their children’s schools. All parents can download the free app and subscribe to any information from their children’s school and their trip. The constant updated app will allow both your tour leader and parents to request and receive information, share photos and send reminders of travel details and tour payments. An easy to use app that allows both teachers and parents to stay connected whatever location they are in.

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CoachNote

5. CoachNote

The useful app CoachNote is a fun and easy app that is useful for creating sports drills, strategies and tactics. You can create, save and even share your sports tactics with your students, fellow coaches and use prior and when you return from your sports tour. The range of colours and features allows students to engage in the coaches ideas and are easily transferred to the sports pitch.

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Recruitment Update

It’s in quiet times such as these, during this inter-season calm, when we can take a moment, breathe, reflect on the winter just gone while looking ahead on the seasons to come. Whether we consider the successes or challenges we’ve had in our full or peak season endeavours, there is always something to take away, always something we can use to improve ourselves as we go forward. Even in recruitment.

In terms of the coming winter, we have been cooking up a pretty ambitious plan, one which will consolidate some of Equity’s recruitment efforts into a week-long road trip, each day a new city and a new event.

Tentatively, the route will take Charlotte and several lucky colleagues west, over to Bristol, before cutting a path north with stops in Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and ending in Edinburgh. Just imagine those hours on the road filled singing along to ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits! (Volume 1, natch) But more importantly, we’re excited about the prospect of meeting the folks who’ll end up joining our team, become our colleagues and work with us to provide another impressive and meaningful winter season.

There are still traces of snow dusting some hillsides and yet we’ve already been receiving applications from quite a few people eager to join us for next winter. They’re from people who have heard great things about Equity from their friends or just know us by reputation. It’s a good position to be in, but one we’ll have to work to uphold, to meet not only our clients’, but our seasonal staffs’ high expectations of us.

All the while, we’re still constantly recruiting overseas staff for our summer hotel season, the Chateau du Baffy in Normandy and the wide range of tours we’ll be providing throughout the coming months. Luckily, whatever the destination or tour, we nearly always seem to find an enthusiastic candidate – a testament to our product delivery colleagues and Equity in general.

If you yourself, or anyone you know might be interested in joining Equity in one of our overseas opportunities, please do get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 01273810721. Also, you can check out our recruitment page at http://www.inspiring-learning.com/recruitment/ for any going opportunities.

The months and seasons ahead, just like the longer, sunnier days outside, is looking very bright!

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  • Published in Ski

Chemmy Alcott presents to teachers at the Club Roma

During the Easter break the Equity Ski specialists took a large group of teachers to our Equity Club properties in the Alps to inspect our Clubs and sample the Equity experience.

On the Inspection Visit, teachers stayed in our Equity Club Roma in the quaint, Italian town of Claviere. They were taken to all of our Equity Club properties to see first-hand what the accommodation is like and skied a number of resorts.

A few days into the trip the group had a personal visit from four-time Olympian and Equity ambassador Chemmy Alcott, along with her partner and Britain’s fastest downhill skier, Dougie Crawford.

Dougie spent the day skiing with the group in Serre Chevalier. Unfortunately, Chemmy couldn’t join to ski with group this year, as only weeks before the trip she tore her ACL. She presented to the teachers in the evening at the hotel, highlighting her personal experience in sport, and how residential trips, such as school ski experiences, are fundamental to learning outside the classroom and helping students to develop life skills.

Rob B from Llanishen High School attended the trip and said,

“I just thought I would take the chance to thank you very much for the IV visit at Easter. We had a really good laugh and actually got to learn a few things about some of the resorts. The Skidoo and meal on the mountain was superb. The talk from Chemmy was really interesting too.”

Details to inspect our properties in the Alps next season will be on the Equity School Ski website later in the year.

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Easter Sunday Refugee Concert in Berlin

Over 30 pupils from Holt School Girl’s Choir travelled to Krakow and Berlin to perform concerts, spending four nights in Krakow and performing two concerts whilst there. Whilst in Poland they visited the camps at Auschwitz Birkenau.

They then travelled by coach to Berlin where they first performed two concerts and then, a very special third Easter Sunday Concert that took place in a refugee centre, run by the Berliner StadtMission in Spandau/Berlin.

The students sung and brought cheer to many of the 1000 refugees who have fled present day tyranny.

Some quotes below from event organisers highlight the impact of the event.

“Thank you very much for your offer to give an concert on Easter Sunday. Our refugees at the refugee Centre Mertensstraße will be delighted to hear your music”, from Katja Kattillus at the Refugee Centre.

“Please find attached some photos from the Berlin refugee centre. It is an extraordinary place, housing 1000 refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Eritrea. They are very excited about the choir's visit, I think the girls will have a memorable experience..,” from Misha Aster in Berlin.

“Also Nicholas, I've confirmed with our head teacher and leadership team about the concert at the mission and they have agreed it will be a lovely thing to do. I've told the girls today and they were very excited about it as well. Thank you for arranging it again.” Michelle Worthington, Conductor & Party Leader.

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  • Published in Ski

National Schools Snowsport Week

Running from 22 – 29 April 2016, the new initiative from Snowsport England is offering free and affordable skiing and snowboarding sessions to schools, aimed at encouraging more schools to introduce their pupils to snowsports.

As their preferred supplier for school ski trip, we're proud to be apart of this initiative encouraging young people to take an active interest in snowsport. The week will see a range of events on offer for schools and pupils including taster ski and snowboard sessions for all pupils, alternative snow activities such as tobogganing and tubing and even freestyle or racing taster sessions at some slopes.

Graham Bell, five-time Olympian and presenter of BBC's Ski Sunday said of National Schools Snowsports Week: "There is nothing better than standing on a ski slope, the adrenaline rushing through your body as you start your descent - whether that is in the Alps or on an artificial ski slope. I wish every child could have the chance to give snowsports a go and enjoy that feeling, which is why National Schools Snowsports Week is such a great idea. Not only will children from a range of backgrounds get to give skiing or snowboarding a go, at some slopes there are ski racing taster sessions, so we might even find our next Winter Olympic Champion!"

There's still time to sign-up and get your school involved. Take a look at all of the available locations and dates on the National Schools Snowsport Week website, www.nssw.co.uk

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Andorra the Old (it’s far from being ancient)

Setting out on my second ski repping trip, I was anxious and excited at the prospect of exploring a new country. Little did I know about Andorra before I left, but as the week progressed I soon discovered I had stumbled upon a hidden gem. Andorra is a small independent state that rests between Spain and France, the sun is ever present due to the region’s orientation to the Mediterranean.

What was remarkable to myself and the 42 students, including five teachers, that followed me was how hot it was flying into Barcelona... the heat on landing was 16° degrees. This was in stark contrast to the cold and windy conditions we left behind in the UK. I faced numerous questions like, ‘Are you sure we are skiing Miss?’ and ‘How are we going to ski when there is no snow?’

Setting out on the second day taking the 20 minute gondola ride up to Grandvalira, I could see students’ restless faces scouring the mountains to see if they really would be skiing. What a delight it was to see their mouths drop at the wonder of the ski resort. Mountains caked with glistening white snow and countless slopes to ski in their sights. With a staggering 210 km of runs, Grandvalira has the largest ski domain in the Pyrenees and covers the most extensive surface area in the South of Europe.

At the end of day, the advanced group could not wait to tell me how many black slopes they had conquered, with the beginners thrilled to relate how many times they had fallen over. The students were a pleasure to be around and their attitudes were infectious. One 14 year old boy happily suggesting to his peers to throw a snow ball at him every time he fell over.

The students got to experience all weather conditions, with scorching sun at the start of the week (developing questionable goggle tans) and misty clouds blocking all views of the mountain at the end. It was quite eerie skiing and not being able to see around you, relying on the highly experienced and encouraging ski instructors to guide you back.

Starting out in 1957 and described as a paradise for ski lovers, I cannot fault Grandvalira, Andorra. I echo the students on the trip by saying they wish they had longer to explore the two large domains Grandvalira and Vallnord, which between them have more than 300 km of skiable slopes.

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