16:22 Thursday 21 February 2013

Ski school boss leaves centre after 15 years

Written byBY MARK MCKAY

A SKI school boss, who helped to put South Derbyshire on the map as an unlikely winter sport’s destination, is leaving his post after 15 years in the job.

Ryan Grewcock, 32, who is the longest serving member of staff at the Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre, will leave his post at the end of March.

Since starting work at the centre in 1998, aged 17, Ryan has worked his way up the ranks from a ski technician handing out ski boots, to ski instructor and, since February 2003, head of ski school.

He said: “Working here is all I know.

“People always said they thought I would grow old and die here and that I came with the furniture.

“It was a difficult decision - I have been working here since I was studying for my A-Levels.”

But Ryan won’t be hanging up his ski-boots just yet as he has taken a job as a development officer with Ski Sports England in a bid to get more people into snow sports.

He said: “I always say I’ve never had a real job and my new job will still be in the industry I love and adore.

“This new job is the first time I have ever seen an advert that I thought was exciting because I’m going to be getting people involved in skiing across England.

“It’s going to be the end of an era but the start of a new one.”

During his time at the centre, Ryan has played his part in overseeing the centre’s development as a prominent snow sport destination.

He said: “The focus of the place has changed over the years.

“It’s a lot safer than it used to be and we have turned into a place which offers activities for everybody.

“We now have 54 instructors on the books so it has always been a team effort to push the place forward.”

Ryan added that the highlight of the job was working with his friends and meeting his wife, Kelly, who is the centre’s manager.

He has also set up a children’s racing group called the Swadlincote Fireflies.

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