Row over ski club's banning from Gloucester centre
A MAJOR row has broken out on the slopes of Gloucester's ski centre after a team of youngsters was banned, along with their award-winning coach, for using the "wrong hill".
Chantelle Goddard-Jones has been teaching young skiers for 27 years with her club Team Slalom Plus, producing several national champions in the process, but the club been banished by the club's new owners, brothers Mark and Clive Hamilton-Davies, for what they say are "numerous" breaches of the rules.
Three clubs train and teach children there, Team Slalom and Gloucester Ski Club, as well as Western Counties Ski Club.
Chantelle said: "We had agreed some new timings for our training days but earlier this month something had been changed so two clubs, us and Gloucester Ski Club, wound up on the same slope at the same time.
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"There was a 45-minute overlap where it was just going to be carnage, children were everywhere and there was going to be an accident. So I said I would take my children onto the other slope, which was completely free, until the other club had finished.
"I got a call from the owner telling me to get off right now, that I wasn't allowed on that slope because it's reserved for the public, for paying customers."
Soon afterwards, Chantelle, who is a paid employee at the ski centre, was called to a meeting with co-owner Clive, who told her Team Slalom was banned from the centre completely because of her actions.
No individuals have been banned, but the club as a whole is no longer allowed to train there.
Clive Hamilton-Davies said: "We are a commercial business, we're not run as a charity and Chantelle has not followed the rules, on several occasions.
"We have our reasons and she is now subject to disclipinary proceedings."