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POLMONTHILL SKI SLOPE is one step closer to being saved from closure this

week as a new charity has been created by the local community.

Facing threat of closure by Falkirk Council last year, a determined group of parents

and supporters have worked hard together to rally support and safeguard the future

of the Polmonthill Ski Slope. Their efforts have now culminated in the establishment

of the charity Polmonthill Community Snowsports Centre (PCSC), a necessary step

required before a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) can take place. Should all be

successful, Polmonthill will become the second charity-run slope in both Scotland

and the UK.

Michael Alexander, parent and Trustee of PSCS says: “It has been a long process to

get us to this stage but it is absolutely fantastic that we are now a Scottish registered

charity. Charitable status means that we will now be able to apply for funding to help

us run and maintain this brilliant slope that we are all so proud of and continue to

provide excellent facilities and for skiers and boarders. This is such a well-used

community club and now our efforts turn to the community asset transfer and

keeping Polmonthill Snowsports Club available for future generations.”

Originally scheduled for closure in April, the community's hard work has earned the

newly established charity a reprieve, with the council extending the closure deadline

until October. This additional time will allow the community group to develop a

comprehensive business plan and demonstrate the financial viability of Polmonthill

Snowsports Club, ensuring it’s future for years to come.

Michael adds: “It’s great news that we have gained charitable status but there is now

a lot of work to do. Our first job will be to turn a profit and then ensure that the slope

remains a widely and well-used facility. We would encourage everyone in the local

community to come and support us and take advantage of the lessons available at

every level. We are very much open for business!”

The slope is used by hundreds of skiers and snowboarders every week and

throughout the holidays, including local school groups and club training sessions.

Easter holiday classes have just been released.

Our Trustees from left to right - Michael, Joyce, Matthew, Linda, Rhys

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