En+ Group launches a project to revive cross-country skiing in Siberia

En+ Group (a leading Russian industrial group comprising companies in the energy, mining and metals sectors), RUSAL and the Cross-Country Skiing Federation of Russia have announced the launch of a joint charitable program titled "Go Skiing! ". The program is aimed at developing cross-country skiing in Siberia. The initiative is targeted primarily at schoolchildren who have only recently enrolled in a sports school or are already on the path to becoming champions.

The main goal of the project is to make sure that today's teenagers participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics as part of Russia's national cross-country skiing team. But to achieve this, it is necessary to address a whole host of issues related to training the future sportsmen. In addition to purchasing skiing equipment for regional teams (about 40% of the total budget will be allocated for this purpose), the Go Skiing! project also involves holding training workshops for coaches of beginner groups, organizing competitions for children that they train as part of the Children's Cup and promoting cross-country skiing in schools on a large scale.

"This is the most accessible sports without any restrictions in terms of age or infrastructure. To hold cross-country skiing competitions, we do not need a special ice rink or a shooting range," commented Elena Välbe, President of the Cross-Country Skiing Federation of Russia. "Cross-country skiing is just as integral to Siberia as snow. And we seek not only to remind about this but also to provide a solid foundation for future victories on the international arena. This is why we focus primarily on young sportsmen and their coaches."

On October 10, specialists from the Siberian State University of Physical Education and Sport, one of the country's leading sports universities, launched the first traveling workshop for coaches in Abakan. Overall, before the end of this academic year, three workshops of this kind will be held in the Republic of Khakassia, the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Irkutsk Region; about 30 people will be admitted to each workshop. The program of the course comprises several modules, including state-of-the-art training methods, the basics of psychology and sport nutrition. According to the organizers of the project, the scope and quality of training materials is unprecedented.

"For children, a coach becomes a parent figure, a mentor and a friend. Therefore, it is crucial that coaches take an informed approach to their work; they need to have a clear understanding of what they are doing, why they are doing it and, most importantly, who they are doing it for," emphasized Elena Välbe, President of the Cross-Country Skiing Federation of Russia. "We have set ourselves an ambitious goal of reviving the great sporting traditions of Siberia. And to do so, we need top-class resources."

Another element of the program to develop cross-country skiing in Siberia will be the Children's Cup. These are competitions for boys and girls aged 13 to 16. In January 2017, a qualifying round of the competition will be held on the municipal level in the Republic of Khakassia, the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Irkutsk Region; it will be followed by regional competitions in February, and in March, the final stage will be held at the Vershina Tei sports camp in Khakassia. Moreover, the final race will be an open event: sportsmen from across the country, not only from Siberia, may enter it.

"Sport is a perfect means for training both one's body and one's mind. It is a prerequisite for a healthy society. Therefore, for us, the Go Skiing! project is not only about contributing to the training of future champions," commented Maxim Sokov, CEO of En+. "It is a prerequisite for the successful development of the region and the future health and well-being of its people, and the first step towards this goal is to ask ourselves a simple question: how do our children spend their free time?"

About En+ Group

En+ Group ( is a leading Russian industrial group comprising companies in the metals, mining and energy sectors, as well as strategically related industries. En+ Group holds a controlling stake in UC RUSAL, the world's largest aluminum producer; it also owns Russia's largest independent power company, EuroSibEnergo, and SMR, a producer of ferromolybdenum, as well as large coal deposits and logistics business. The core assets and new projects of En+ Group are located in Eastern Siberia.


Press service of En+ Group 

October 12, 2016
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