Today is the 44th AGM of Snowsport England. We hope you can join us this evening, either virtually or in person at either The Snow Centre or Chill Factore.

Ahead of the AGM, our board, committees, regions, partners and exec team have been compiling the 2023 Annual Report. This 44-page report showcases the incredible work up and down the country across the 2023 season, we thank everyone who has contributed.

You can read the report here.

Ahead of the AGM we wanted to officially introduce and welcome our new team members and share some additional updates:

Liisa-Marie Truupold – Workforce Co-ordinator

Liisa joined the team in late June as the new Workforce Co-ordinator, her role will be to develop a robust, insight led programme of education for our workforce across the coaching and instructing, officiating and volunteer pathway. To grow the pathways to make access to education easier for all within the sport; encouraging more people to take up roles within the sport and develop through the pathways.

With a passion for Snowsport (specifically as a recreational Nordic skier) and a background in sports management and marketing, we know Liisa will bring lots to the role and help us improve our processes, marketing of courses and grow our workforce.

Liisa will soon be in touch with all our facilities and tutors to say hi; but in the meantime you can contact her at Liisa@snowsportengland.org.uk

 

Calum Pitkethley – Events Co-ordinator

Calum will be joining the team in early July part time and moving full time in September. He will be taking up the role of Events Co-ordinator to support the organisation in co-ordinating our events both in the UK and abroad; working with a range of partners our events should provide the best experiences we can offer and run in line with our values. This role will take a lead in marketing our events to maximise all opportunities.

Calum also joins us with snowsport enthusiasm, as a regular at Sandown Park, an ex-alpine ski racer – turned coach, he brings a wealth of experience to the role. He was competitions secretary for his university team amongst many other roles within the sport.

Calum will be reaching out to all our key partners and committees once he has settled in, to see how he can help across all our events.

One of Calum’s first priorities will be to map out the details of our future Snowsport Awards (see details below).

Once in post Calum can be contacted at calum@snowsportengland.org.uk

 

Lou Taylor – Membership Co-ordinator

Lou has been at Snowsport England since February 2023, and has recently been appointed as Membership Co-ordinator, a change from her previous role of administrator. During the recent recruitment process we identified a need for a lead within the team to oversee our membership, Lou provides exemplary customer service, a passion for supporting people and exceptional co-ordination skills. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lou on this well-deserved promotion. Lou is heading up a review of the competition entry system and working to find a solution, we know this is a key area of frustration for our members and one we need to address. Lou can be contacted at louisa@snowsportengland.org.uk.

 

Blake Williams, Fern Cates and Alastair Nasmyth – Para Coaches

Following our recent announcement of the partnership with Snowsport Scotland, see here for more details, we have welcomed Blake (Para Ski), Fern (Para Nordic) and Alastair (Para Snowboard) into the team. Working together to grow our Para Pathway and Adaptive scene within the UK. You can contact the team at paraadaptive@snowsportengland.org.uk.

 

Taryn Archbold – Interim Workforce Advisor

Following the recent changes to the team, we have been able to bring in two new interim advisors. Taryn will take on a one day a week role supporting Liisa as workforce advisor; this role will provide technical course expertise to assist in the onboarding of Liisa and to help us continue to grow our coaches and tutor’s workforce. Taryn joins with a wealth of experience, as a tutor, technical delegate, member of our coaching technical panel, coach and much more. Taryn can be contacted at coaching@snowsportengland.org.uk.

 

Jo Ryding – Interim Talent Advisor

Jo will be joining us as interim Talent Advisor, supporting our talent lead as we start to look at Alpine competition structures, the alpine squad and selection policy, and provide expertise in coaching, para and much more. Through her passion for coaching, she will help us map out ways we can implement the recommendations made in our recent study into females in coaching (Loughborough university) and as an ex-athlete and current performance coach at GB Snowsport, she brings an incredible depth of experience which will help us grow the sport. Jo can be contacted at info@snowsportengland.org.uk.

Both roles are interim and will be reviewed by the end of 2024.

The details for the rest of the Snowsport England team can be found here.

 

Board and Committees

At the AGM we will be sharing an update regarding our new board members, who can also be found at the link above, plus information regarding the new committee structure. This new structure has been developed to provide support for the team and board, with expertise linking to key areas of the strategy. These will run alongside the current Alpine, Freestyle and Nordic, discipline specific committees, and the Coaching Technical Panel. The new committees include a new look Talent Advisory Group which works across the UK in partnership with our home nations and GB Snowsport, as well as specialist areas such as finance and inclusion. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

 

Values Review

Over the last 9 months we have been undertaking a review of our values. This process has included workshops and feedback from representatives across the entire sport. A huge thank you to everyone from the snowsport community that has been part of this review. These will be shared at the AGM and then across our website over the coming weeks. These are values for Snowsport in England and have been developed with the entire sport in mind, over the next few months we will start to incorporate them across everything we do.

 

Snowsport Awards update

In 2023 we started to plan a joint Snowsport Awards venture with two of our partners; due to changes in the financial climate and time constraints we were unable to deliver the ambitious plan. This event had two key drivers; one to showcase the sport through awards that targeted the entire sector, rewarding and recognising key contributions, innovations and talent. The second to fundraise much needed funds to support our talented athletes to support them with ongoing training costs, access to additional learning opportunities and direct bursary support.

 

The second driver, whilst still vital to the growth of the sport, has been put on pause and is being re-evaluated by our new commercial committee. This is one that is close to many athletes’ hearts, and if you are able to support us in this space, please do get in touch at info@snowsportengland.org.uk.

 

The first driver though, is one we want to proceed with in 2025; with a national Snowsport Awards to recognise and reward our volunteers, organisations, coaches and instructors, officials and more. The sport is full of talented, inspirational, hardworking and dedicated individuals and it only feels right to do more in this space and the new role, Events Co-ordinator, allows us the resource to make it a reality.

 

Our three-year plan is outlined below:

 

2025 – To deliver a celebration event to thank, reward and recognise the efforts made by all across the sport.

 

2026 – To utilise the excitement of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics to galvanise, grow and develop the 2025 event; with an aim to engage a wider audience in the celebration. We can see GB Snowsport are working tirelessly to bring success back to the UK and we will be ready to celebrate their efforts alongside the entire sport!

 

2027 – To re-galvanise our efforts to align much needed fundraising for our talented athletes; alongside our sporting celebrations whilst continuing to build on the success of our awards and growing our audience.