2014/15 has been an awesome year for Brunel Snow Club. Work on plans for the year really began back in May 2014 when we had our first committee handover meeting with the outgoing guys and girls.
We were able to hit the ground running with respect to all aspects of the club; in particular the planning for this years Winter Tour, which Harry White, our Trip Organizer had already been busy working on.
This forward momentum didn’t end there, with the club making an excellent start to the academic year in fresher’s week. The club had a brilliant Fresher’s Fayre with many current and incoming students showing great interest in all the clubs activities and the trip.
The following week saw the club hold its first social; the Fresher’s Pub Ski where we hit several local bevvie holes before frequenting The Academy on campus for that Friday’s Mega-Global.
The momentum didn’t stop there, with the rest of the first term of this year going as great as those first weeks. We saw a good amount of people taking up lessons in both skiing and snowboarding; which we ran at the indoor snow slopes in Hemel Hempstead. These were run every other week and also saw some of our existing members or those with some previous exposure to the snow coming along for some recreational fun!
This year we have really aimed to try and improve the clubs social scene and just generally become more visible on campus; which has been achieved to great success! We held an American themed social where we went to Gamma at The Academy for some beer pong and consumption gammas and then heading to Liquid.
We also took part in the annual Brunel bonfire and fireworks night. On the evening we ran a stool in the student union tent selling Hot Chocolate for RAG and also aided in the running of a snowboard simulator; much like a bucking bronco ride…through both of which we were able to raise a hefty chunk of money for RAG! This also gave us a final opportunity to promote the annual winter tour with the deadline the following week.
In the closing weeks of the term we had our final trips to Hemel for the final round of lessons and sessions and we also had both our pre-trip social; an awesome opportunity to meet and greet those also going on the trip, and our annual Christmas dinner at The Malt Shovel! Both excellent evenings!
Of course the main event of the year for us as the club was the aforementioned Brunel Snow Club Annual Winter Tour 2014! We didn’t quite break last year’s numbers for people on the trip but we had a good healthy amount of 96. We left at around 5pm on the final Friday of term 1 and headed to Dover to catch our ferry. Just short of 18 hours later we pulled into Tignes, in the French Alps for an awesome week of fun on the slopes and partying in the awesome local nightlife scene.
Some excellent nights out were had with a different theme every night including Scuba Keith, Rubik’s, Dress Your Age, Anything But Clothes (ABC), Christmas, and Trip T-Shirt Night. Two of the best nights were the Funicular party; a party at the top of the mountain in a mountain chalet restaurant turned nightclub and bar; and the pool party where Brunel and UWE snow clubs partied hard in the pool with accompanying DJ, music, slides, and whirlpool!
Of course the main attraction of the trip were the slopes which albeit not being the best at first improved throughout the week through continuous snowfall and resulted in the last few days being awesome! Many took up the opportunity to hit the slopes further afield in Val d’Isere as well as hit the snow parks for some freestyle shenanigans!
The second term saw the club continue the efforts made in the first with more socials throughout. There was a trip reunion; another pub-crawl before hitting the club, as well as an 80’s social. We also, for the first time in 3 years entered a team into the competition; BUiSC, the indoor university snow sports championships; specifically the southern heats at Milton Keynes.
This was an awesome day for those involved with Jack Cole, AJ Smith, Ed Morris and Brendan Cogan all doing well in the Ski Slalom. Harry White, Charlotte Colman and Adam White were also able to impress in the Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle. Unfortunately; none were able to qualify for the finals in their respective disciplines but it was an overall good result considering it was the first experience of competitive snow sports for all of the team.
Overall so far the year of 2014/15 has been fantastic for BSC! But…it doesn’t end there! As I write this we are in the process of selling tickets for the one and only and original Brunel Snow Club presents Brunel’s Annual End of Year Boat Party. To be held on Tuesday 19th May, this is going to be a fantastic night of partying on…you guessed it….a boat!
Following this, we will then be meeting up with the design and engineering boat partygoers to hit the afterparty club; Piccadilly Institute. Tickets cost £15, and this includes entry to the club after. It is a much anticipated event and tickets will sell out fast so if you’re looking to join us make sure to get your ticket quick!
Term 2 of this year also saw the new committee get elected for the forthcoming academic year! Congratulations to Adam White (President), Benjamin Howland (Secretary), Ed Morris (Treasurer), Alice Courteney-Harris (Media & Social), Jack Cole (Trip Organizer) and Matt Townley (Club Captain). It certainly looks to be another fantastic year for the club with initial planning for events and the all-important Winter Tour looking good! We are certainly looking forward to continuing with the success that we have seen the club go through this year for the rest of term and into next year! We hope that as many of you as possible can join us in this adventure!
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