A popular Granite City snowsports centre has launched a new programme for people with additional support needs.
The move comes after some of its members struck gold at the Special Olympics GB National Alpine Skiing Competition earlier this month.
Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports, operated by charity Sport Aberdeen, runs a pathway programme for anyone from age four and above with additional support needs.
And the initiative has been backed by teenager Emily Plant who recently won a gold medal in the giant slalom event at the Special Olympics GB national alpine skiing competition in Switzerland.
Speaking about the importance of the ASN pathway venture, Miss Plant said: “The programme is great because the instructors are really friendly, and you get to meet people with disabilities like yourself.
“You go on trips away with your friends to new countries competing on snow and having lots of fun. I am very lucky to be a part of the programme.”
The lessons offer a parallel pathway to allow everyone in the north-east the opportunity to get involved with snowsports, regardless of age, ability or gender.
Sport Aberdeen’s Graeme Dale said: “Providing opportunities for all individuals, regardless of ability or any perceived barriers, to take part in sport and work together to brings a great sense of achievement to both the participants and the team.
“As a registered charity, we are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to take part in sport. We have such a brilliant facility right on our doorstep and I would encourage those who are keen to take to the slopes to get in touch.”
Beth Woodall, Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports senior instructor, said: “I am really proud that we are able to deliver an additional support needs pathway as part of our extensive snowsports programme here in Aberdeen.
“The achievements that we see week in and out, along with the smiles that come with it, are so rewarding.”
If you are interested in participating in the Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports ASN programme, email email@example.com