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DSUK South East Group
[previously DSUK Bromley and Uphill Ski Group]

Bromley Slope Closes

It is with much sadness that the owners of the Bromley slope have chosen to close. Many attempts to negotiate to keep the slope open have been held but to no avail, so we have chosen to move to Chatham.

We cannot take sit skis at Chatham at the moment – their slope will be resurfaced in about September/October this year and when that happens we will then be able to use our newly acquired sit ski.

Click here to download the newsletter on this move

PLEA FOR PHOTOS - please send us your pics for the website. Above: Our instructor Kim and Stevie who accosted her on the slope refusing to let her go until a photo had been taken.

Giving people from across the Southeast with disabilities the opportunity to share in the joys and freedom that skiing offers, with the help of others and through the use of adaptive equipment and techniques.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month at Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre Capstone Park, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 3JH.

Charity Registration Number 287106

About us

The 1970's

David Morris FRCP MRCS DCH, a consultant paediatrician, adviser to the Spastic Society (now Scope) and a very keen skier, was convinced that the movement available through skiing could have valuable benefits in enhancing co-ordination, balance and self awareness in young people with cerebral palsy. These highly controversial ideas met with resistance for a number of years. However, perseverance paid off and the Spastics Society undertook a pilot scheme involving six children. The early years concentrated on the younger members of the society and various residential activities proved that the theory translated into practice - with highly beneficial results. These preliminary steps were expanded to cover a much wider age range and again the benefits were easy to see and the participants confirmed the earlier findings with a genuine desire for the project to continue and expand.

The 1980's & 90's

It had become obvious that many other people with similar motor disabilities could also benefit from these activities.

The Uphill Ski Club formed as an independent charity and the lessons learnt during the earlier years became available to a much wider range of users. Over the years, the charity's activities widened to the extent that those with a disability, whether physical, sensory or learning could join in fully with the programme. The charity supported all those who wished to participate in winter sports at three different levels of activity:

Grass Roots

Local Groups, run by volunteers and, meet at dry slopes around the country delivering adaptive lessons to the disabled community by qualified adaptive instructors

Main Programme

Residential activity weeks are organised throughout Europe and the USA.

Ski School & Schools & Youth

Activities based around the traditional ski school - that also co-ordinate the training of both instructors and volunteer helpers.

The Amalgamation Of Charities

In 2005 two other charities that had provided activities for adaptive skiers (the National Handicapped Skiers Association and Scotland's Alternative Skiers) disbanded and joined the organisation of the Uphill Ski Club. To reflect this new body, it was then decided that the organisation should change its name to Disability Snowsport UK.

In 2007 The British Ski Club for the Disabled also disbanded and came together under the name Disability Snowsport UK to enable them to continue their work delivering adaptive lessons to the disabled.

Our Goal

As is the ultimate goal for David Morris: "Why shouldn't you have a wheelchair on the top of a mountain?" - a comment made in 1974 and still so relevant today. Please help us achieve it.

For more information please email Lynne Dempsey.


Bromley Slope Closes

James Collects Award

Corrina Wins GOLD

Session dates for 2016

Yes they CAN - Donation from BVAC

David Stirling Pedals his way to raise funds for DSUK

Spike Wins COACH of the Year Award
Awards for Most Improved Skier

Matthew Owens