About the Academy
The Alpine Training Centre (ATC) will open the doors of a new ski racing academy for committed young ski racers this November.
Based in the Wipptal region of Tyrol Austria, this ambitious project aims to offer British ski racers a permanent training base with academic support in the heart of Austria. The opening of this academy comes at a time when Britain is experiencing its first taste of World Cup success for many years with Dave Ryding’s podium at Kitzbuel, which is less than an hour away from the Academy.
The Academy lodge is at the foot of the Berger Alm gondola in the village of Steinach. The resort regularly plays training host to the Austrian team and is home to the Austrian World Cup legend, Manfred Pranger. With 150 snow cannons on five separate floodlit race pistes the training facilities are world class. The location is only 20 minutes from Innsbruck airport, making it very accessible for athletes, parents and coaching staff.
Investing in the future
Sean Langmuir is the director of ATC, and former British Olympian and National Team coach. He believes there is a huge need for a facility like this to enable British ski racers to thrive in the international arena. Langmuir who has held head coaching positions with the British and Canadian Ski Teams predicts that one of the outcomes of the project could be a reduction in the very high drop-out rate of British snowsport athletes once they graduate to international competition (FIS), aged 16.
The jump up to FIS level is very high and there are very few options available to talented youngsters. With the average age of an Olympic medalist at 28 athlete maturation in ski racing is long term. The Austria Racing Academy aims to provide athletes with a home away from home and allow them time to mature as people as well as athletes. The academy’s goals and values are centred around these objectives.
"The Austria Academy provides an alpine base and a centre of excellence where Britain’s best young talent can train and race in the very best of conditions. We have a full time programme planned for older athletes as well as an education curriculum, combining a daily schedule of three hours on-snow training and three hours of study, six days a week. Our fully flexible programme allows younger school-aged athletes to come and go when it suits their UK education."
The Austria Racing Academy has the support and investment of the Wipptal regional government. They are so committed to the project that they are building a bespoke 27-bed lodge to house the facility. Also under construction is a collection of smaller six- to ten-bed chalets where families and older athletes can be accommodated. Joakim Strickner from the Wipptal Tourism Board is excited to be part of the project.
"Together with the lift company of Berger Alm, we are very happy to support and invest in ATC’s Austria Racing Academy. We believe this exciting new project will thrive here and will bring young athletes and their families to experience the Wipptal area. Our sporting culture and good ski training facilities make Wipptal an ideal location for this racing academy."
Natalia Pruska will take on the head coach role of the ATC Academy and be the lead coach of the U16s and FIS woman's programme. Natalia has a great deal of coaching experience and a proven track record of producing the best U16s in the country.
"I am very excited about the upcoming season! This is a new academy with a fresh initiative and new possibilities. The academy provides a wonderful opportunity for young British athletes to train in a hidden gem. Steinach is a truly awesome ski area for race training and just ripping around. The locals here in Steinach are fully invested in providing a welcoming and supportive training environment for the academy. From my own experience I can say that this level of support is crucial and often difficult to find. I'm looking forward to working with eager young athletes, and I can't wait to see what we can achieve together. See you in Austria."
Ali Kuwall will be lead coach for the U14s programme and will also be supporting the Men's FIS programme. Ali was instrumental in the development of the team which won the U16 National Championships. Ali also leads and directs the UK ATC.
"The Academy programme will create an important education link for our younger athletes to excel at school while ski racing. U14 kids can team will have the opportunity to try the academy this winter."
There will be two other Academy coaching positions and two educational tutor positions to be announced.
Phase one of the Academy is the building of two 10 bed chalets this summer. The classrooms, climbing wall and gym are currently all in place. Phase 2 will be the construction of a 27 bed Academy Lodge. This will commence in the summer of 2018.
The winter tutorial at the Academy is structured so the pupil has work set externally from their home school. Students follow their own curriculum with dedicated one on one time with tutors in key subjects.
ATC is currently considering athlete applications and recruiting coaching and teaching staff. If you would like to apply or request more detailed information please fill out the form below and we will get back to you will prices and detailed information on the Academy set up and structure. Alternatively you can call us directly on +447940017548 or email email@example.com.