Enabling better opportunities for disabled participants to access and progress through Snowsport is a core theme running through our Inspiring Snowsport strategy; from developing adaptive opportunities at grassroots through to having a clear Para pathway in talent.

 

Our current talent pathway is short; and unclear however, one of our goals has been to build the pathway and structures to make it easier to understand; access and progress through, across the different disciplines and classifications. We have taken steps to address this.

 

A new partnership has been formed with Snowsport Scotland to develop the Para Pathway across England. Recognising the talent within the Scottish team in their coaches, who also align and deliver for GB Snowsport, we are excited to welcome Blake Williams (Para-Skiing), Alastair Nasmyth (Para-Snowboard) and Fern Cates (Para-Nordic) to the extended team.

 

“Their combined roles as discipline leads across Scotland, England and GB allow us to develop a collaborative approach to development and better identify and support talent throughout the entire pathway. They each bring a wealth of experience and the whole team are very excited about this new opportunity. Although we have worked with Snowsport Scotland in this area before; this partnership is different; it’s a true collaboration between the collective parties with a clear focus on making the pathway easier to understand and access at every level.”

Maggie Still – CEO Snowsport England

 

At Snowsport England; the three discipline coaches will offer delivery of talent coaching; including identification, classification, camp delivery and coaching support at events. They will also link with our Participation Officer to support and guide our grassroots adaptive offering to widen the talent pool; and at the talent end work with our Talent lead to develop and provide the most supportive environment for our athletes; including access to opportunities such as TASS and DiSE.

 

“By working closely with Blake, Alastair and Fern, we can ensure that English athletes can access the right support as they move through our pathway, and enter GB Snowsport prepared for training and competing in a world class programme. The entry points and current baseline within each discipline are unique; working with each of the coaches we will develop a plan and set of objectives to grow each area of the pathway.”

Tom Farenden – Talent Lead Snowsport England

 

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Snowsport England. Moving forwards this will greatly enhance the opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in Snowsports right across the United Kingdom.”

Iain Ramsey-Clapham – CEO Snowsport Scotland

 

 

The team are currently working hard to prepare for the upcoming Arnold Clark Parallel lines series; based at indoor snow centres across England; the four events are inclusive, unique and fun! Find out more here: https://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/parallel-lines/