This week sees the launch, by the NSSA, of the Alpine All Stars programme and the National Schools Leagues.

Both events running in partnership with a number of UK snowsports facilities and supported by Several UK retailers and snowsports organisations.

Our vision is that these programmes will feed into the clubs and centres locally, as our previous work has done, especially those facilities and clubs with whom we are working to deliver these great initiatives.

Alpine All Stars

The Alpine All Stars is an initiative by the NSSA to get more children involved in snowsports from beginner to a basic competitive level.

This will take a group of beginners from one school per slope taking part and work with them for regular sessions through the school year.

The scheme will be free of charge for the selected schools and we ask schools to apply for places on the programme.

It’s designed to take children from non-skiers and them the tools to enjoy the sport and stay involved, creating greater retention of those taking part.

NSSA Programme Director, Phil Brown said: “We have strong ambitions to significantly grow the sport and this programme is all about putting more children on skis or a snowboard. First and foremost, we want to make snowsports a fun and enjoyable experience for children and give them a passion for the sport to last a lifetime”

“Drawing kids to the sport at an early age will develop more participants, create more fans and show the power of snowsports in developing physical and social skills.”

We hope that a new generation of families will be introduced to snowsports through the Alpine All Stars, a major new grassroots initiative which starts in November 2020. Open to all school age children. To apply on behalf of your school, please contact office@schoolssnowsports.co.uk For more information see here

The National Schools Race Leagues

The other Initiative by the NSSA to get more children involved in snowsports to a competitive level and to offer events at a local level in order to increase accessibility. Open to all school age children, the events will run regularly at numerous venues around the country – A list of venues that are partnering on this will be available by October half term 2020

There will be a number of centres involved in the leagues and at each slope taking part, a course will be set and marked*. Then approximately once per month/5 weeks, the NSSA will run 2-3 sessions at the slope on the same day. Sessions will be 2 hours long and include coaching.

During each session, a small group of racers (number dependent on rules of the slope etc.) will attend and run training with coaches from our training partner, course inspection and 3 timed runs. These timed runs will be recorded and used for the final results (fastest run to count) – likely to be around summer half term.

Results for both teams and individuals will be available on our website and likely on GBski, updated after each session.

The current plan is to have a virtual prizegiving after Summer half term and invite the higher placed teams and individuals to a league finals during the latter half of the summer term.

This then equated to having a race at each slope, held over several months.

NSSA Partnerships Liaison, Dan Humphrey said: “We looked at how we can offer competitive events under the schools banner to those schools, athletes and parents that are clearly very keen to get back to the sport and to be able to offer this in a locally and safely accessible way”

“We believe the National Schools Leagues are a great way to do this, maintaining the ethos of participation and involvement that drives our other events” For further information, please see here or contact the NSSA on office@schoolssnowsports.co.uk

Schools Instructor Opportunities 

As part of the NSSA mission to increase participation across snowsports in general through involvement with schools, we are pleased to partner with IASI to offer the level one alpine instructor qualification from 15 years old, exclusively through the NSSA. This programme expands our offering to offer opportunities beyond training or competition at school level and give more options to schools snowsports participants.

This is an opportunity for kids, who have taken part in snowsports through their school, to use these skills and experience in a positive way to give them further options. Whether this is to work at a local centre to earn extra money through uni or college or the first step in a snowsports career, we believe that this utilises skills and experience already gained through participation at school and build on it.

For more information click here.