March 2014

Welcome to the Snowsport England 2014 March bulletin

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UK’s oldest alpine ski club capitalises Winter Olympic inspiration 

Next year the Downhill Only ski club (DHO) will be celebrating its 90th anniversary, securing its place as one of the worlds oldest alpine ski clubs.  With the Winter Olympics inspiring enthusiasm for skiing and snowboarding amongst the younger generation, the DHO continues its commitment in getting youngsters involved.

Shortly, before the Winter Olympics, the DHO held its annual British Schoolboys’ Races in Meiringen, Switzerland.  

The school that came top out of the 33 UK schools was Strathallen School from Perth, Scotland.  Tom Crockart, racing in the under 14’s category, won the Slalom and the Giant Slalom.  Fraser Buchan, also a winner, won the Slalom in the under 18s category.  The Strathallen School team also won two Cups – the Snoasis and the Sunday Times, which is awarded to the best overall team over 4 races.
Some of the stand out winners from the 160 boys who competed are James Gillot (aged 11) and Milo Baslow (aged 16) of the Reeds School Team from Cobham, Surrey.  James is seen here holding his two Cups for winning both the Slalom and the Giant Slalom in the ‘minis’ – the youngest group of boys.  Milo, who won the under 18’s Giant Slalom, began his passion for skiing with his father at the age of 7 and has two snowboarding brothers. 

The DHO plans to harness the excitement surrounding the Winter Olympics, as a starting point to establish and promote the ever growing youthful fan base.   


NWSF Schools Race

A huge success at Pendle this Saturday, with 186 racers taking part in the North West Ski Federation Schools Race. 

A brilliant day for racers and spectators alike, despite the change in weather halfway through the famous Pendle BBQ stayed strong!

The day was simply fantastic, well done to all racers who took part. 
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A message from Tim Fawke 

I am sad to announce that Ian Poynton has left Snowsport England for a new job. He has moved up stairs in SportPark to England Volleyball. I would like to thank Ian for all his hard work while being at Snowsport England in what has been a very busy time for snowsports and wish him all the best at England VolleyBall.
In the short term the regions that Ian covered will be now covered as followed.
ERSA – Ian Findlay( and
LSERSA - Ryan Grewcock(

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'Foundation Training for Snowsports Coaching’

Snowsport England recognises that young people have a key role in the development of our sport. We believe that it is important to recognise the commitment to and passion for skiing which young skiers show. They represent the next generation of instructors and coaches. In the light of this and after much discussion Snowsport England has changed the minimum age requirement for candidate instructors attending a level 1 instructor course. Currently the minimum age for those attending a level 1 training course is 16 years of age.

In the future aspiring instructors and coaches [who must be]:
Members of a recognised ski club, and/or working towards a recognised qualification in sport or physical education [for example GCSE PE] will be able to attend a level 1 training course once they reach 14 years of age. On completion of this course they will be awarded a certificate showing that they are level 1 trained instructors. They will then be able to work towards completing the further units required for assessment at 16 years of age and above. These units are the same as those required for all candidates.

Level 1 instructors:
  • Completed workbook
  • Appropriate first aid certificate
  • Criminal records check
  • Child protection training
  • Completed a minimum of 20 hours workplace training
  • Successful assessment or accreditation by a tutor
This will:
  • Ensure that young people remain engaged in snowsports and their club
  • Develop the young skiers’ communication skills
  • Develop their understanding of the sport
  • It may assist the skiers in giving evidence of coaching to an appropriate examining board.
To comply with best practice in child protection and to ensure that the course content is appropriate for the specific needs of younger skiers candidates who are less than 16 years of age will be normally be required to attend a specific course reserved for young people only. Mixed courses with candidates over and under 16 years of age are not normally permitted. Where a candidate wishes to attend an adult course the tutor or organiser must seek prior authorisation from the SSE office.
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