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SWV Winter Conference and Challenge

Come and join the challenge!

SWV Winter Conference and Challenge

SWV Winter Challenge

Event Date

Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd March 2025

The SWV Winter Conference - Followed By The SWV Winter Challenge

Applications for next year's Winter Conference & Challenge are open!

Please email for more details.

This year's Winter Conference and Winter Challenge was an all-round success, kicking off with the insightful conference covering a range of interesting topics with great Q&A sessions to answer all of our burning questions.

After the conference the teams took to the slopes, taking part in a range of team building activities and competing alongside many of the SWV Veterans.

A wonderful time was had by all, and if you would like to enter a team for next year, then please get in touch.

Below is the schedule from this year's Winter Conference 2024


Global Political Risk – The World is shifting, what are the evolving risks going forward, Economically, Politically, for our Security – Update from General Sir Nick Carter (SWV Patron) Who are our Friends now? Financial Security and Risk?

Lead Speakers from the City, The Armed Forces and respected senior journalists.


Combines supporting the rehabilitation of medically discharged veterans back into employment with a team building and adrenaline-fuelled weekend in Switzerland. The challenge also gives our veterans an unparalleled opportunity to meet members of the business community, understand more about the corporate world, share their experiences, as well as being a critical part of our annual fundraising.

Participants (in teams of 2 – 4), compete with and against SWV veterans, and the challenge is designed to ensure that able-bodied and disabled skiers compete on equal terms. You do not have to be of, or anywhere near, Olympic standard to take part! (Though some of our veterans are!) and although this is a ski challenge, there will be tasks/challenges that are aimed at challenging your ability to work together as a team and think outside the box affording everyone the opportunity to win that Challenge Cup.

SUPPORTING WOUNDED VETERANS’ purpose is to help medically discharged wounded veterans back into meaningful civilian life and employment – many of our veterans have been told they will never be able to work again. However our success rate with veterans on our programmes is that over 90% of recipients get back into employment, training or education. SWV's key support programmes are:

  • Sport habilitation including ‘Skihabilitation’ and the Ocean Challenge.

  • Mentoring.

  • Pain Management

  • Occupation and Training.

  • Medical trials & research at Kings College London.

    Each of these needs-driven programmes has been established to address the physical and mental health needs of the veterans.

VETERAN REPRESENTATIVES (VetReps) Veterans who have previously been on our Ski-habilitation Week and other support programmes and have made positive progress as a result. They are often keen to ‘give back to SWV’ and make the most of their military skills so have volunteered to join The VetRep Team. The Vet Reps have helped run and manage the Ski Challenge (and the Ski-habilitation Week) for 7 years, their experience and skill sets are perfect for event management and they are a huge asset to the Winter Challenge.

DONATIONS TO SWV Winter Conference Delegates and Challengers competing in the “SWV Winter Challenge” are asked to donate a minimum of £1,000 per person for SWV - as the Buddies do for the Veteran Ski-habilitation Week; the 2024 Buddy Cohort of 17 - raised over £100K!

It is possible that attending the Winter Conference may form a key element of your professional development and so you could engage with your businesses internal finance team over the appropriate tax treatment. The expectation for the Event being that each Challenger, in addition to paying their Travel, Accommodation, Insurance, Ski Kit, Ski Pass and local costs (meals), pledges to raise a minimum of £1k – but like the Buddies, we hope that they exceed that expectation! Companies are invited to match fund donations raised by their teams.


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