In recent months there has been much speculation about the future of British Snowsports following reports of financial trouble within Snowsport GB (SSGB), the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding in the UK. Reports indicate a huge SSGB overspend, which has been difficult for the Snowboard Executive to accept with their programmes and great results continually being delivered within budget season after season. It seems the financial problems within alpine skiing may have contributed to the downfall of SSGB. So, it is with the support of the snowboarding community that the BSA has reformed to ensure it regains control of British snowboarding and moves forward with the future of British snowboarding in the hands of snowboarders.
In 2005 the BSA merged its operations with Snowsport GB as part of a national modernising exercise initiated by the government to streamline administration and communication within national governing bodies. Five years on and we find ourselves in this situation, so the BSA will once again take the development of British snowboarding forward with the support of UK Sport, British Olympic Association (BOA), Team GB Ltd, World Snowboard Federation (WSF), The home nations (Snowsport England, Scotland and Wales), British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI), Snow Industries of GB (SIGB), Snowboard Club UK (SCUK), The Snowboard Asylum (TSA) and current Olympic riders Lesley McKenna, Ben Kilner and many more.
British Snowboard Association – Responsibility
We are absolutely committed to learning from the past. We move forward with open minds; our intention - to develop snowboarding in the UK. Our initial remit will include the following:-
- Manage the delivery of the World Cup, Development and Junior Programmes
- Sanction and manage local, regional and national competitions
- Host the annual FIS world cup big air in London
- Provide a performance pathway for British snowboarders
- Partner with the other snowsport organisations where appropriate, such as
- Coach / Instructor development
- Judge / TD development
- School / college / university initiatives
- Communicate all BSA activity through the Snowboard Club UK membership
In the coming months, the BSA will be representing snowboarding in the consultation process with Team GB Ltd and the other established snow sport organisations and will ensure that snowboarding is represented at the highest possible level.
British Snowboard Association - Committee
We have been overwhelmed by support from the core of UK snowboarding and are delighted to confirm the following individuals as being part of the new committee, which will be expanded upon in due course: -
Chairman – John O’Grady
Programme Rep. – Colin Holden
Events & Membership Rep. – Stuart Brass
Rider Rep – Lesley McKenna
Coach Rep – Leo Addington
Ed Leigh, BSA President