You might have seen in the news in the last week that Snowsports GB (SSGB), the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding in the UK, has gone into administration.
As a result, the British Snowboard Association (BSA) has been resurrected to give direction to the sport. The BSA actually merged with Snowsports GB in 2005 as part of a plan initiated by the government to bring winter sports closer together.
Now it’s branching out on its own again 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.
The BSA says it’s committed to learning from the past and plans to move forward with its intention to develop snowboarding in the UK. Its initial remit includes:
- 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.
The first members of the BSA have been finalised, with more to come:
President – Ed Leigh
Chairman – John O’Grady
Programme Rep. – Colin Holden
Events & Membership Rep. – Stuart Brass
Rider Rep – Lesley McKenna
Coach Rep – Leo Addington