PistenBully goes to school

17 April 2016

PistenBully is starting a new initiative in collaboration with the Ski Associations of Baden Württemberg (SBW) and the PistenBully Biathlon- Zentrum (PBB) under the motto "Step away from the PC - and onto the snow". The goal is to introduce primary school children to exercise and snow sports and to get them having fun exercising outdoors.

PistenBully Cup for snow-hungry kids
The joint initiative with the SBW included primary schools all around the region served by the SBW invited to take part in the PistenBully Cup. As part of the winter sport day, or during their regular sport classes at school, the children complete a skills course and specific tasks, which build their coordination for different types of winter sports. The fastest four (two girls, two boys) will then represent their school at the big PistenBully Cup final. All the pupils and teachers of the participating schools, and of course the parents, have been invited to the final round. The overall winner will be decided there and rewarded with a challenge cup. "We want to play an active part in getting children to enjoy exercise and above all to have fun with winter sports. The PistenBully Cup is our contribution", says Jens Rottmair.

First steps towards biathlon
A concept was developed in the PistenBully Biathlon-Zentrum Dornstadt- Ulm, likewise with the support of PistenBully, to make things easier for children and teachers alike. "That's why we're going into the schools - and in summer no less", explains Werner Rösch, the head of the PBB. The mobile laser system means we can hold the preliminary rounds in the schools. The best school teams are then invited to the PistenBully Biathlon-Zentrum in Dornstadt for the regional final. "We are hoping for a great event", says Rösch. Things will continue for the teams once the first snow comes. "Our athletes, many of whom have trained as school mentors, will each take on a school as a patron, staying in touch and sharing their own enthusiasm for winter sports", adds Rösch. The state final will then be held next winter.

Signal for the PistenBully Cup: 150 children from two primary schools had tremendous fun and completed the “Biathlon Course” in classes in the sports hall.
The PistenBully certificate went down well in any case. And no doubt: if such an event takes place again next winter, the children’s fun factor will also rise!
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