Weekend Mail: A Winter Sporting Paradise
Byline: PAUL FULFORD
IN the built-up centre of Birmingham lie 70 acres of land offering activities that seem a world away from the terraced homes and factories that stand by. Yet every week scores of people turn up at The Ackers in Small Heath to ski, snowboard, climb, canoe, kayak, fire bows and follow other wholesome outdoor pursuits.
The site offers an astonishing range of activities to individuals, schools and groups.
Winter sports enthusiasts make tracks there because of The Ackers' three floodlit synthetic bristle matting slopes available for use throughout the year. The main slope is around 100 metres long and includes a ramp jump area, but there are also two nursery slopes - one used solely to snowboard lessons, the other for starter ski lessons.
Tobogganing is also offered for the under-12s. Ski lessons are offered to children as young as four. The Ackers also has two specially designed climbing walls featuring over 34 different routes plus traverses suitable for complete beginners and experienced climbers.
The site also offers abseiling facilities and …
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Publication information: Article title: Weekend Mail: A Winter Sporting Paradise. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Birmingham Evening Mail (England). Publication date: November 6, 2004. Page number: 15. © 2005 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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