Futures Session – Midlothian Snowsports Centre – 22nd May

Futures Sessions are open anyone looking to get into Park & Pipe skiing and snowboarding and develop their skills, whether newbies or rippers!

During the session attendees will be taken through the Futures Awards syllabus which starts with off-slope movement development and trick fundamentals and then moves on-slope to translate their movement literacy into developing skills and tricks in the park.

After the Futures Award training, participants will then have the chance join in a coach-led fun session to rip some rails and jumps.

Min standard: Can link turns effectively, control speed and use uplift safely.

Min age: Skiers 8yrs old. Snowboarders 10yrs old.

Session size: 20 participants with 2 coaches.

Pre-booking is essential to adhere to Covid protocols – Please purchase your Eventbrite ticket now to secure your place.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/futures-session-midlothian-snowsports-centre-registration-153512825995

THERE ARE TWO TICKET PRICES:

FULL PRICE Ticket: for non-members of Snowsport Scotland or one of its registered clubs. This ticket includes a temporary membership with Snowsport Scotland for the event which includes public liability insurance cover.

DISCOUNTED MEMBER Ticket: for current Snowsport Scotland and Registered Snowsports Club members (who already have public liability insurance).

NOTE: SSS may check member purchases.

WHY NOT SAVE on future event costs and JOIN SSS FOR A YEAR?Membership starts at only £10 and will not only save you money on future event registrations but give you:-

– A full year’s public liability Insurance for snowsports in the UK and abroad

– 10% Discount on uplift day tickets at Scottish resorts

– 15% Discount at Ellis Brigham and Craigdon Edinburgh

To find out more about how to become a Snowsport Scotland member visit: https://snowsportscotland.org/join-us/

sportscotland Club Webinars – May 2021

Club Webinars

 

As our centres begin to open up and club activity starts again, we want to help our Snowsport clubs continue to develop and thrive. Working with different partners, sportscotland will be continuing to host online webinars to help support clubs over the month of May.

The topics will be based on helping clubs with communications, a follow up funding session and a supporting volunteers with returning to clubs session.

 

Please follow the links below to register.

 

Helping clubs deliver effective communications

 

What do Funders Want – Intentional change through sport & physical activity

 

Volunteer Management to support clubs

GB ALPINE SQUAD NAMED AHEAD OF 2021/22 SEASON

GB Snowsport has confirmed the 50-person squad that will represent Britain on the international race circuit for the 2021/22 season. The squad will be looking to build on last season’s excellent results, which saw the nation return a number of outstanding finishes including victories and podium positions in World Cup and Europa Cup races.

Amid a challenging year for the global snowsports circuit, GB’s Alpine programme returned some outstanding results including a third career World Cup podium for 34-year-old Dave Ryding at Adelboden in January. Charlie Guest returned a series of career-best results including a Gold in the Europa Cup Finals in Reiteralm, meaning she has now won more Europa Cup races than any other British Alpine athlete, and Billy Major was crowned Europa Cup Champion in a season which saw him moved up to the World Cup squad. Laurie Taylor, meanwhile, secured his first ever Europa Cup podium position with victory in the Slalom at Val Cenis, and Alex Tilley achieved a 17th-place finish at the Cortina World Championships, her best-ever Giant Slalom result at a World Championships.

Paul Trayner, GB Snowsport Alpine Director, said:

This is a pivotal season for Britain’s Alpine athletes, and I’m delighted that we’re in a position to name such a strong squad to represent the nation. Last year was an incredibly challenging year for everybody in our sport, but in the face of difficult circumstances British Alpine athletes showed the world that they are capable of making their mark on the biggest stages. Congratulations to all our athletes on their selection, and particularly so to the seven young skiers who feature for the first time.

World Cup squad member, Charlie Guest, said:

Despite all the challenges we faced in the last 12 months, last season was an amazing year for British Alpine skiers, and I’m really happy to have played a part in that. This is a huge year for everyone in the GB squad. Knowing how hard everyone’s training and the support that’s going into Alpine right now, I’m sure we’re going to see more brilliant results for GB over the next 12 months.

Huge Congratulations to all Scottish athletes who have been selected for the GB 2021/22 Squad

World Cup Squad
Charlie Guest
Alex Tilley
Europe Cup Squad
Zak Vinter
Owen Vinter
FIS Squad
Emelia Ackerley
Isla Ward
Calum Langmuir

Fife Roller Ski Club is back!

Our Fife Roller Ski Club (FRSC) will be starting back this coming Monday, 10 May. The club runs weekly coached sessions, which are open to all ages and abilities, focusing on developing cross-country ski skills and enjoying snowsport even when there’s no snow. This year we’re excited be introducing “Monthly Events” and also “Beginner Blocks”.

 

Our monthly events will be the first Monday of every month and will range from exploring the cycleways of Fife to our now annual Halloween dress up (this will be year 3 of inventive, helmet friendly costumes). We’ve also got silly races and training opportunities (such as equipment maintenance) pencilled in.

 

Beginner Blocks are four-week courses where we will get roller ski beginners through the basics so that they feel comfortable and competent joining the main club session or even going out roller skiing by themselves. Our first offering will kick off Monday 14 June and go through to Monday 5 July. We have two further blocks planned for August and October.

 

More info on the club, the venue and our plans for the year available in our Info pack and on our Facebook Page.

 

Sign-up for our May sessions is now available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fife-roller-ski-club-sessions-may-tickets-153284198163

Sessions are every Monday night 7-9pm at the Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly. Session costs £8 for adults, £5 for U18s/ students and equipment hire is £2. There is a 20% discount for Snowsport Scotland members. Get in touch through the club email Fiferollerski@gmail.com or our Facebook page with your membership number for the discount code!

 

Too far to drive? If you are interested in cross-country skiing, but Lochgelly isn’t within easy reach, check out what’s on offer with clubs in your local area – Cairngorm Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club, Huntly Nordic Ski Club and Arbroath Ski Club.

 

UK SPORT LAUNCHES BRAND-NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE COACH APPRENTICESHIP

UK Sport has launched a brand-new High-Performance Coach Apprenticeship (HiCAP) having played a trailblazing role in the creation of the first ever sports coach apprenticeship in the UK, leading the world in support of developing expert high-performance coaches.

HiCAP is targeted at coaches with high potential or those transitioning into high-performance environments with 26 coaches from 16 sports across the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community, as well as a small number of professional sport coaches forming the inaugural cohort.

Set to run for 18 months, the 26 coaches will come together to develop professional knowledge, skills and gain experiences relevant to their contexts. The programme is designed to evolve with the coaches, firmly placing their individual needs and wants at the heart of the experience and adapting to support their growth as expert coaches for current and future roles in high-performance environments.

The majority of the programme will be spent learning in their environment, on-the-job, as well as from each other through a series of seminars and field-based work. Each coach will have access to a coach developer, helping them to sense-make and develop their coaching practice in context. Fundamentally, the programme will meet the 26 coaches where they are at and help them to enhance existing strengths and develop all other aspects of their coaching.

The 26 coaches on the inaugural HiCAP are as follows:

  • Iain Aberdeen – Shooting
  • Robin Armayan – Swimming
  • Andrew Butcher – Gymnastics
  • Lee Campion – Shooting
  • John Champion – Gymnastics
  • Zoe Chasemore – Shooting
  • Zack Davies – Boxing
  • Gavin Evans – Table Tennis
  • Sheonah Forbes – Netball
  • Aaron Ford – Goalball
  • Chris Galesloot – Fencing
  • Christine Harrison-Bloomfield – Athletics
  • Brad Hay – Swimming
  • Naomi Johnston – Cycling
  • Jamie Jones-Buchanan – Rugby League
  • Ben Kinnear – Snowboard
  • Jamie Kirkwood – Rowing
  • Ryan Livingstone – Swimming
  • Marc McCarroll – Wheelchair Tennis
  • Sean O’Loughlin – Rugby League
  • Jason Parsons – Judo
  • Mark Proctor – Canoe Slalom
  • Tom Reed – Judo
  • Emma Trott – Cycling
  • Graham Wardell – Swimming
  • Anthony Wise – Gymnastics

Sally Munday, CEO at UK Sport, said: “The launch of the High-Performance Coach Apprenticeship is a great moment for our Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community and I would like to welcome all 26 coaches who have been named as part of this first cohort.

“Coaches, supporting our athletes, are at the heart of our high-performance community and we firmly believe that a more diverse cohort of highly skilled coaches will help more of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes realise their potential. This programme is set to play a key role in us achieving that.”

HiCAP has been created as a direct action from the work of UK Sport, and partners including Sport England, the English Institute of Sport and UK Coaching, trailblazing the first ever sports coach specific apprenticeship in the UK in collaboration with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

UK Sport are the first organisation in the world to utilise the new sports coach apprenticeship standard, approved in January 2021 by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. UK Sport look to play a key role in further enhancing the credibility and viability of apprenticeships as an effective and sustainably efficient way of facilitating coach learning and development in turn supporting the professionalisation of the sports coaching industry.

High-Performance Coach is one of three pathways that form part of the newly created sports coach apprenticeship and this underpins HiCAP, which forms a key part of ensuring coaching is seen as a sustainable competitive advantage for UK high-performance sport. On completion of the programme and associated assessments each coach enrolled will be awarded a Level 4 Sports Coach Apprenticeship certificate and be well underway to achieving CIMSPA chartered member status.

The coaches will also have access to post-graduate coach learning and development provision on completion of HiCAP, if this is something that would benefit them and that they are interested in pursuing further as individuals. However, it is recognised that this might not be for everyone and the choice must lay with them as adult learners, based on their individual needs and wants.

Importantly, the journey the coaches are beginning will privilege them and their experience, and seek to harness the collective genius amongst the cohort to provide peer support and solve problems throughout the HiCAP journey, and beyond.

Ben Kinnear, Snowboard Coach at GB Snowsport, said: “I’m really looking forward to starting HiCAP this month. The chance to work with such a wide variety of excellent coaches and challenge my own understanding of high-performance coaching is very unique and I’m thankful to be part of it.”

 

Image Credit: Harry Waite

2020/21 Snowsport Scotland Stakeholder Survey

On March 31st, Snowsport Scotland completed the third of our four year 2018-22 Strategy cycle, which details the objectives and outcomes we hope to achieve over the four year period. It is now important for us to gather feedback from our community on our performance over the past year and your views to help shape our focus on future activities.

 

This morning, our annual 2020/21 Snowsport Scotland Stakeholder Survey has now gone live. This is your chance as an athlete, coach, club member etc to inform SSS on what you think we are doing well and what we can improve on around the four pillars of our strategy: Effective Pathways, Great Places, Great People and Excellent Organisation. The feedback is anonymous and will be summarised in our 2020-21 Annual Report and shared with our members at our 2021 Annual General Meeting.  

 

Please see below a link to the online survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5222FLG

 

It should only take you 4-5 mins to complete and all responses are strongly valued and will help us shape the future of our sport.

 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. 

 

A GREEN LIGHT FOR COACHES POST BREXIT

Further to our previous announcements regarding Brexit, Snowsport Scotland are pleased to provide an update on the legality of UK coaches working in Europe.

For clarity and to reiterate, our concern was that under the new Brexit regulations public liability and professional indemnity insurance for coaches, leaders and instructors might be invalidated if, due to the loss of working rights in EU countries, they were deemed to be operating illegally if undertaking work without a work visa. (The principle being that illegal activity cannot be insured).

Having contacted the consulates and embassies of the EU countries listed below, each has now confirmed in writing that UK coaches, contracted and paid in the UK can travel and legally deliver competition coaching support and performance training camps for athletes and club trainees without the need for a work visa.

  1. Italy
  2. Switzerland
  3. Austria
  4. Andorra
  5. Sweden
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Germany
  8. Belgium

On the strength of these confirmations our insurance brokers, Bluefin Sport have therefore now provided Snowsport Scotland with the following letter confirming that coach insurance remains valid for the activities noted above in these specific countries.

OTHER COUNTRIES

At present France have indicated that where work is “less than or equal to 90 days and concerns sporting events” the employer is exempt from needing to obtain prior authorisation to work. This statement does not explicitly state that training camps are also exempt, so we are continuing discussions to explore the matter further and will update in due course. For more information click on this link and select “Recruitment of employees and seasonal workers” and then “Short or long-term recruitment”

The Netherlands and consequently Landgraff currently do not require coaches to apply for a visa, however they do require you to apply for a work permit. It is quite a convoluted process so to assist please use the following 3 links:-

LINK 1: https://www.government.nl/topics/brexit/question-and-answer/as-a-british-national-do-i-need-a-work-permit-to-work-in-the-netherlands-after-brexit

LINK 2: https://www.werk.nl/werkgevers/wervingsadvies/werkvergunning/aanvragen/

LINK 3: https://www.werk.nl/werkgevers/wervingsadvies/werkvergunning/wanneer-nodig/uitzonderingen/#paragraaf1

We are in regular contact with the Netherlands Embassy to appraise the situation and will update if this changes.

Norway and Finland have at present failed to offer responses to our questions and again, we will update once we hear.

BE CAUTIOUS

Whilst the above situation stands as at the end of March 2021 it is important for clubs and coaches to be aware that many EU countries are currently working on legislative changes. It is therefore critical that before travel bookings are made you conduct a further check to confirm the situation. For a full list of EU country embassy contacts please use this resource provided by our solicitors Harper McLeod.

In addition please note that if you choose to work in any countries other than those listed above, you will require to ensure you are operating legally for insurance to remain valid.

 

British Home Nations and GB Snowsport launch Diversity and Inclusion drive

British Home Nations and GB Snowsport launch diversity and inclusion drive with new research initiative

 

GB Snowsport, in partnership with Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales, have announced the launch of a new research programme to understand how to ensure snowsport across Britain is working towards a diverse and inclusive future at every level of the sport.

 

The programme, which is expected to report preliminary results by mid-2021, will initially examine the current state of play for British snowsport and perceptions of diversity and inclusion from within and outside of the sport, speaking to fans, participants, competitors and the general public. Data and evidence gathering will be conducted by specialist insight agencies Two Circles and Nielsen, and will help shape recommendations to strengthen the sport’s future ahead of next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing.

 

The findings will be applied through internal discussions between GB Snowsport and the three Home Nations bodies that will inform each organisation’s responses and approach to a wider programme of diversity and inclusion focused activity.

 

Vicky Gosling, Chief Executive, GB Snowsport, said:Like many sports here in Britain and around the world, we are determined to better understand what it means to be a diverse, inclusive and welcoming sport in 2021.

 

“It is not enough to say that we believe our sport is open and inclusive – we must listen to people’s lived experiences, understand the barriers that exist, and pay attention to new ideas that will actively help to grow our sport now and in the future.

 

“This research initiative, backed by two of the best-regarded consultancies in sport, will provide an important evidence base. From there we can begin to draw conclusions that will leave us better placed to ensure snowsport in Britain is available to anyone who may be interested, irrespective of their background or circumstances.”

 

Trafford Wilson, Chief Executive, Snowsport Scotland, said: “Snowsport Scotland want to make snowsports attractive and accessible to as many people as possible. This research initiative will allow our organisation to develop a better understanding of the equality gaps facing our sport and to identify how we can modify our existing programmes/ events to better engage with under-represented individuals and groups”.  

 

Initial findings from the research brief, focusing on a range of issues affecting diversity and inclusion with snowsport, including barriers to entry, perceptions of the sport and experiences of current and past participants are expected to be available in mid-2021.

 

To complete the survey and contribute to this important piece of work, please click here 

Aberdeen Indoor Snowsports Survey

Market research survey – Aberdeen Indoor Snowsports Slope

Snowsport Scotland are sharing a local market research survey who are looking into see what the interest/desire would be for an Aberdeen based Indoor Snowsports centre. Please see below a link to the survey.

It will only take 2 mins to complete and it would be great if as many of you can complete as possible and help support the business plan.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8ZXMD8R

 

 

Snowsport Scotland – COVID-19 Scottish Government Update

Update

 

Following the First Minister’s update on the 16/3, Snowsport Scotland has requested further clarification on how the covid route map changes may affect the current restrictions requiring snowsport centres to be closed. We have now received confirmation from the Scottish Government that the indicative date for all snowsports centres to re-open is the 26th April, subject to final confirmation.

 

As I am sure most of you are aware, we are disappointed with the decision that has been made by the Scottish Government regarding the re-opening of centres, given the resumption of many other outdoor non-contact sports.

 

Snowsport Scotland want nothing more than for centres to re-open and to get everyone skiing again, however this is not currently possible within the guidelines and as a responsible governing body we need to follow/ support the public health approach. We will continue to work hard with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government and to make the case for further support for our centres and clubs.

 

In response, we have requested further clarity on why snowsport centres are required to remain closed until the 26th of April and when club training sessions can resume. Please find below the answers that have been provided by Scottish Government:

 

Centre Closure: 

The reason for artificial slopes remaining closed until the 26th of April is down to the continuing need to mitigate COVID-19 risks as part of the wider actions being taken by the Scottish Government. At present, there remain issues related to the risks associated with changing room facilities, toilets and uplift. Notwithstanding that we know facilities have made a substantial effort to be compliant and operate safely.

 

Scottish Government Legal colleagues would also like to steer members of the public concerned to the COVID-19 regulations: Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/344/contents

 

Snowsports Training  

 Scottish Government can confirm that organised group activity is permitted (up to 15 people (2 adults max)) and as such ski clubs are permitted to meet in groups of up to this size at present.

 

Mountain Resorts

 

Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 there is a right of responsible non-motorised access to land throughout Scotland for recreational, educational and some commercial purposes.  Consequently, ski clubs may access the land on which mountain resorts are located for skiing practice.  Whilst the activity is taking place at mountain resorts – tows, lifts, facilities, etc – are still required to be closed and as such any members of ski clubs skiing at mountain resorts (whilst they remain closed) will be required to walk up ‘the hill’, rather than using any uplift that may otherwise be available.

 

Additionally, all other measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus are required to be followed:

  • Physical distancing;
  • Travel requirements etc.

 

Please be aware that the rights and responsibilities of those exercising access rights are set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and it would be beneficial for ski club members to be aware of these rights and responsibilities.

 

Outdoor Artificial slopes

 

The position with outdoor artificial slopes is more complicated.

 

It is dependent on whether public access to the artificial slope may be gained whilst the business premises is required to be closed due to the regulations. Should the public be able to access the outdoor artificial slope without the business premises having to provide that access then the ski club may be permitted to use the outdoor artificial slope.  Whilst the activity is taking place outdoor artificial Snowsports centres  – tows, lifts, premises etc – are still required to be closed and as such any members of ski clubs skiing at that centre (whilst they remain closed due to Regulations) will be required to walk up ‘the slope/hill’, rather than using any uplift that may otherwise be available.  All other measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus again, are required to be followed.

 

Should the business open gates etc (i.e. its boundaries) on its outdoor premises to allow access to the outdoor artificial slope to the public then that business would be in breach of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/344/contents

Please feel free to get in touch with us regarding the above communication.