This month we’re giving you the chance to get to know our qualified, personable trainers. Through in- depth interviews and qualification run downs, we hope to give you the confidence to say ‘Yes!’ to Kidsetc and entrust us with your child’s ski training. It can be a worry for many parents to leave their children in the hands of unknown individuals; especially when they’re engaging in relatively risky physical activity. Our trainers have taken the time to provide us with some personal details, as well as a couple of statements about themselves. We hope you enjoy getting to know them, as much we enjoy working with them!
Jedd McAstralcabe, 28 (UK)
Having represented Great Britain at youth level at four major international tournaments, Jedd is one of our most decorated ski trainers here at Kidsetc, previously working for The Treatment Table in Liverpool. Although his main expertise lies in freestyle and extreme street ski, after retiring from the international scene, he has quickly picked up the requisite training certificates. For Jedd, working with children has become a real passion, especially since he recently became a father:
“Having kids of my own, and settling down after my international career, has really got me excited to coach children. It wasn’t that long ago since I was getting taught myself, and its always so rewarding to take a kid from absolute beginner to confident amateur.”
Zara Leterrier, 32 (FR)
Zara’s skills as a coach, especially with SEN children, have made her an expert in her field. In the last 10 years, she has made a career out of developing and implementing innovative coaching techniques, tailored towards those with both physical and mental disabilities. Struggling with her own problems with dyspraxia as well as some minor learning difficulties, Zara is all too aware of the stigma attached to SEN children when it comes toextra-curricular activities. As a result, she has made it her aim to create practical solutions to make her sport as accessible as possible to those of all skill ranges and abilities.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to get on the slopes, at some point in their lives. Whether they have learning or physical based issues, every kid should be given the chance to ski. My parents always believed, regardless of my needs, that I could achieve just as much as the next kid. I’ve tried to honour their attitudes in regards to skiing and have ended up making a career out of it!”
Paulo Macchiato, 58 (ES)
Leaving his native Madrid at the tender age of 20, Paulo’s heart was initially set on becoming a physiotherapist. Gaining his Sports Therapy Masters at Manchester University in the late 80s, he worked at several league football clubs around England and Scotland, before moving back to mainland Europe to take up residence at a ski resort in Andorra. Finding the range of injuries and issues surrounding the slopes fascinating, he eventually made it onto a set of skis for the first time at the mature age of 36. From there it was a straight shoot through the relevant training courses and then back to England to work here for us. Luckily for the team, Paulo still keeps up with his sports massage and acupuncture, so any aches and pains can always be solved by our resident physio!
“Skiing, for me, is a great passion. It is an absolute pleasure to be living here, and coaching what could be the skiing stars of tomorrow! I learnt that it is never too late to ski, sometimes when proud parents see their sons and daughter skiing for the first time, they’re tempted to get lessons themselves! And when they eventually sprain muscles or pull ligaments, I’m always there to provide the massage and therapy they require in our dedicated treatment room.”