Scottish Governing Bodies unite in push for opening all facilities

Following a formal communication sent to the First Minister on the morning of 30th July 2020 from 32 individual Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGB), the SGB CEO Executive Forum welcomes the recognition by the First Minister of the requirement to move forward the re-opening of all sports facilities.

As a sector, we are disappointed that the indicative timescale for a return to all sport is not sooner.  We have submitted evidence in mitigation of any risk to public health and ask for clarification as to what more compelling information is required to ensure our sports can return to activity and competition within the indicative dates given.

However, we will work with the Scottish Government and sportscotland to understand the level of evidence we need to provide so all requirements for indoor sport to safely return in late August can be met. As ever, we will react positively to any encouragement from Scottish Government to review the dates.

We are especially concerned for those SGBs which only have the small 2020 summer window to restart their sport and competitions.  Without access to facilities – both indoor and outdoor, wet and dry – our member Clubs cannot function and cannot contribute effectively to the recovery that the whole of Scotland so desperately wants and needs.

As we are all aware the reality is that ‘sport-in-Scotland’ is more than just ‘sport’. This has been clearly demonstrated through the national focus on maintaining daily physical activity throughout lockdown and effectively contributes to the social fabric of our local communities as a whole through (although not exclusively):

  • The health and wellbeing of the Scottish Nation;
  • Equality and inclusion;
  • Contributing to effective learners;
  • Mental health and wellbeing;
  • Tackling obesity;
  • Social inclusion and;
  • Women and Girls in Sport.

With confirmation that other public spaces and venues in Scotland are now reopening and in recognition of the immense challenges facing the restart of the Scottish sporting sector, the SGB CEO Forum wish to work quickly with Scottish Government, sportscotland and facility operators to establish a clear strategy to resume sport, for our members, clubs and communities.

Snowsport Scotland fully supports the collective drive of Scottish Governing Bodies to reopen as many outdoor and indoor sport facilities in Scotland as quickly and safely as possible.

 

 

Consultation on Cairngorm Masterplan

The final round of public consultation to inform a new long-term masterplan for Cairngorm Estate is now under way.

Specialists commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) have drafted a vision and strategy document, drawing on public engagement that took place online and in Badenoch and Strathspey communities in February and March.

Anyone with an interest in Cairngorm’s future as both an environmental and economic asset for Scotland, is invited to submit comments that will inform the masterplan, which will be published later this year.

The online survey is now live and will remain open until 31 August.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who would be interested in contributing to a positive future for Cairngorm.

Anyone with an interest in Cairngorm’s future as both an environmental and economic asset for Scotland is being invited to submit comments that will inform the masterplan, to be published later this year.

We’d also like to thank all those who took part in the earlier round of engagement, which attracted more than 1,800 submissions.

SSS Nordic Training Group

The Snowsport Scotland Nordic Training Group (SSSNordicTG) is aimed at Scottish 12-16 year olds who like a challenge and have a sense of adventure. Challenge because cross-country skiing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world and adventure because, well, it is a road less travelled. Last year was the first intake to the programme.

The programme offers monthly sessions with the aim of giving participants a route onto the Scottish Nordic performance pathway (this is the road from being a participant to a competitor). Programme participants have a couple of things in common. Firstly, they are excited by the prospect of competing in cross-country skiing; and secondly, they’ve loved their experience in other sports.

 

At the first session in June last year, very few of the 2019 / 20 programme participants have been on roller skis before. Fewer had experienced cross-country skiing on snow. Once participants were comfortable on roller skis, Snowsport Scotland lent them kit so they could practice between sessions. With 12 coaching days planned, we had an aspiration, but no real idea of how much the programme participant could achieve in a year. Fast forward to this spring and 3 of the programme participants had met the selection criteria to be nominated for the British Nordic Development Squad (BNDS), the national training squad for their age group.

 

The programme focuses on fun, challenge and getting better. Over 9 sessions (we lost the final 3 to coronavirus lockdown) we tested ski skills; raced the train along the Bathgate Cycle Path; competed in the Scottish Roller Ski Championships; did the floss on top of the Salisbury Crags in the rain; and skied on snow (for the first time for some) at Glencoe at the end of Storm Ciara.

 

The programme aims to support potential competitors from all over Scotland, especially those in areas not currently serviced by Nordic Ski Clubs. Last year’s intake came from across the Central Belt and Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

 

Follow what the programme participants are getting up to #SSSNordicTG.

Applications for 2020 /21 are now open. If you would like to apply or know someone else who should, drop an email to info@snowsportscotland.org to register your interest and tell us about your sporting experiences.

Applications will close on 27th July 2020.

For more info on how to get involved in cross-country skiing in Scotland head over to our Roller and Cross Country Skiing website page: https://snowsportscotland.org/learn-to-roller-ski/.

Lewis Grant

Snowsport Scotland is deeply saddened to hear that Lewis Grant has passed away.

Lewis was hugely influential in Scottish ski racing, especially schools racing and was also involved with Snowsport Scotland for many years.

He was also the Rector at Grantown Grammar School and encouraged many to participate and thrive in the Cairngorm Sports Development Training, run by Frith Finlayson, which later morphed into Cairngorm Ski Club training.

Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends.

Public call for return to Snowsports

On 15th June Snowsport Scotland issued the results of a survey designed to assess the public’s appetite to return to snowsports.

The resounding message is loud and clear with more than 60% of respondents indicating that they would be very likely to attend an artificial centre within the next three months if permitted to do so under Scottish Government Guidelines.

With the First Minister’s statement at lunch time today (18th June) confirming that outdoor facilities can start to consider re-opening after 29th June Snowsport Scotland is looking to support all centres as much as possible to re-open and restart activity, within the next few weeks and months.

For the full Survey results please click here

2020-2024 Snowsport Scotland Equality Action Plan

Sport plays an integral part in providing opportunities for everyone and the ability to remove barriers and overcome prejudice. 

 

Over the past few months, Snowsport Scotland has developed a 4 year Equality Action Plan, informed by the Equality review completed by staff, Board and members. As an organisation, we have listened and now have a responsibility to act. Each objective set out, aims to make sure that no athlete, coach or member faces additional barriers of gender, sexuality, race or age. 

 

Help us be better. Whose hidden stories deserve telling? Whose voices can we amplify? What is being done in your snowsports community to promote inclusivity and diversity? 

 

“All sports must be treated on the basis of equality” Pierre De Coubertin

 

You can find a copy of the Equality Action Plan on the Articles, Policies and Documents page on our website here  

UKAD Staying Clean in Quarantine

Lockdown doesn’t mean anti-doping stops – in fact it means quite the opposite. Now is the perfect time for athletes and coaches to keep their knowledge on clean sport up-to-date and support each other.

Despite the current adversity and uncertainty around when sport will return to normal, athletes, coaches, support staff and NGBs all remain committed to clean sport. Get involved and show us how you are staying #CleanInQuarantine

Are you a coach? UKAD have made their online Coach Clean course free. Coach Clean is the easy-to-follow e-learning course for coaches who want to know more about clean sport and understand their own responsibilities with regard to anti-doping. This is useful for all coaches, whether at the grass-roots or elite level of sport. Coach Clean is for coaches with no previous knowledge, to those who have worked in clean sport previously and will help clarify your own role in anti-doping and clean sport.

https://www.ukad.org.uk/eventscampaigns/clean-sport-week-2020

 

GB SNOWSPORT (GBS) PROVISION OF ASSISTANT COACH AND WAX TECHNICIAN SERVICES TO THE BRITISH ALPINE TEAM

GB Snowsport (GBS) is the national governing body for snowsports in the UK, managing elite British teams and the development pathway for those athletes.

We select, manage and lead British teams to international events, promote participation in FIS and World Para snowsports disciplines, and provide opportunities for our athletes to achieve their full potential as individuals and as a team.


We are looking for an experienced Assistant Coach and Wax Technician to provide a range of services (as detailed below) to the British Alpine Team.

These services will be required on a number of days to be agreed over the period 15 June 2020 to 31 April 2021. A day rate will be paid depending on the level of knowledge, experience and skills brought to the services.

Please submit your application setting out how you would provide these services, your experience and your expected day rate by email to HR@gbsnowsport.com by  2ndJune 2020.

For more information on the role please click here

UK Coaching – Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity

We’re delighted to inform you that through UK Coaching, you can access the online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ – usually £18 – for free!

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners – Mind and Sport England – have released it to the wider coaching community.

All you need to do is head to our Online Training webpage, follow the link to UK Coaching where you will be able to purchase the course for free.

The mental health of the population is being challenged during this isolating time.

Equipping you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, as well as with ways to support your own mental health, is crucial both now and going forward.

Specifically, learners will be able to:

  1. Welcome and support people living with mental health problems in their sport and physical activity sessions
  2. Increase their knowledge of mental health problems
  3. Apply the learning in their coaching practice
  4. Make their club or organisation more inclusive.

Do you do backcountry??

If you participate in backcountry snowsports we are interested to find out what you do and what you need.

Snowsport Scotland is running a survey in May that asks you about where you go, how you participate and what products and services would be of greatest benefit to you.

The survey results will be shared with key providers in the sector to help them better shape their products and services to suit your needs.