About Us > News > CEO UPDATE – AUGUST 2018


Picture: Andrew Lockerbie (BASI CEO) and Trafford Wilson (Snowsport Scotland CEO) celebrate the signing of a new MOU.

As I approach my first twelve weeks at Snowsport Scotland, it seems timely to provide an update on some important projects and upcoming events.
In line with our new strategic plan the updates below have been grouped under the following headings: Excellent Organisation, Great Places, Great People, and Effective Pathways.

2018 AGM
On the 16th of June, Snowsport Scotland held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) under its new membership structure and released our new strategic plan.
To download a copy of our new strategic plan please click here
To download a copy of the 2018 AGM Minutes please click here.
Thanks to everyone who made the time to support our 2018 AGM and again congratulations to our Snowsport Scotland 2017-18 award recipients:

Volunteer of the Year - Frank Musgrave

Coach of the Year – Mark Vinter

Snowsport Person of the Year – James McIntosh

 Stakeholder Meetings
Following the release of our new strategic plan, Snowsport Scotland will be facilitating a series of meetings across Scotland in September.
Meeting dates and venues are as follows:

Thu 13 Sep - Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore @ 6:30pm

Tues 18 Sep – Caledonia House, Edinburgh @ 6:30pm

Thu 20 Sep – Aberdeen, Holiday Inn Westhill @ 6:30pm

Mon 24 Sep – Glasgow, Bearsden Ski and Board Club @ 6:30pm

Scheduled meetings will provide all members (clubs, centres and individuals) with the opportunity to hear more about our new 2018-2022 strategic plan, major projects scheduled throughout 2018-19 and to share your feedback on how Snowsport Scotland should prioritise its resources and programmes in the coming months.
To register your attendance at any of the meetings above, please click here.
Individual Membership Benefits:
In the lead up to the 2018-19 winter season, Snowsport Scotland has been promoting our individual membership benefits package – which includes the following discounts:

Personal Liability Insurance Cover

10% off lift passes at all 5 Mountain Resorts

Up to 12% off holiday bookings and packages  

Up to 25% off equipment hire and clothing

To access a full list of our 2018-19 individual membership discounts please click here.
Please remember that all members of affiliated clubs can get up to a 70% discount on SSS individual membership fees and take advantage of all the benefits on offer.

Regional Development Forums
Snowsport Scotland will be hosting forums in October 2018 and January 2019 to provide development support for clubs and centres & networking opportunities with Local Authority, Active Schools and Outdoor Education representatives.
Rather than pre-setting forum topics, Snowsport Scotland will be sending an email out to centres and clubs, seeking direction on the development topics that you would like us to offer.
Further information on Regional Development Forum dates; locations; development topic options; and registration details will be sent out shortly.
Futures Project
Over the past 6 months, Snowsport Scotland in partnership with British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) has piloted Future Snow Award sessions across 5 centres in Scotland, reaching over 200 youth.
This ​award ​scheme is aimed at developing movement literacy in primary school aged children (6-12) ​and supports ​entry level ​and ​grassroots engagement ​in ​snow ​sports.
 Futures Sessions:

An extension of the Future Snow Awards, Futures Sessions are coaching ​days ​which ​act ​as ​an ​entry ​point ​into ​the ​performance pathway. Aimed at skiers and snowboarders aged 10-18 years who already take part in snowsports.
Following two pilot sessions in England, Snowsport Scotland will be coordinating two Futures Sessions at Newmilns and Firpark in September 2018.
Further information on Future Sessions and registration details will be published on the Snowsport Scotland website shortly.
To download more information on the Future’s Project please click here

BASI Partnership:
Snowsport Scotland and BASI are delighted to announce a new chapter of collaboration. After some months of discussion, the Boards of both organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and agree to work together towards award alignment, shared resources and event support.
The first outcome the organisations intend to achieve in this new partnership will be to review the SSS assessment process with a view to granting qualified Snowsport Scotland Instructors direct access to the BASI Level 2 instructor training course.
To download a copy of the full media release please click here
Home Nations – Pathways Project:
The UK’s Snowsports Home Nation governing bodies, Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales and Snowsport Scotland have announced a two-year initiative to align their instructor, coach and leader qualifications into a single set of UK awards, in partnership with other training associations and federations servicing the snowsports industry.To download a copy of the full media release please click here.
UK Sport Funding
BSS has received a positive funding outcome from UK Sport, which will see a total of £24m provided over the next 4 years to support athletes as they prepare for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
To download a copy of the full media release please click here.
Parasnowsports joins forces with BSS

British Ski & Snowboard and Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) have announced that their Olympic and Paralympic teams will now be merged into one world class programme.

The elite programme currently provided by British Parasnowsport – which is overseen and managed by DSUK – will be integrated into British Ski & Snowboard from the 2018/19 season onwards, while DSUK will continue working towards ensuring anyone with a disability has the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding.

The collaborative move means that Para Alpine, Para Nordic and Para Snowboard programmes will now be able to tap into the coaching expertise within the Olympic squads and the relevant research and innovation projects across the disciplines. Importantly, specialist Parasnowsport coaches will continue in their roles, ensuring a seamless transition for the athletes themselves. To download a copy of the full media release please click here.

I hope that you can attend one of the stakeholder meetings scheduled in September and wish you all the very best with your 2018-19 snowsports season preparations.
Yours sincerely,
Trafford Wilson
Chief Executive

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