Update from Snowsport England CEO regarding Covid-19 and snowsport

Following the latest announcements from the government, it looks as though things are heading in the right direction for getting some Snowsport activities back up and running. It will be a slow path to get all activity up and running again, but it’s great news that some slopes have now opened and more will follow in July (see our post for latest news on facility re-opening). I know that clubs and members are desperate to get back up and running which is great to hear, but this needs to be done in a safe and phased way. Each facility is different and will be able to open at a time that is right for them, and we are working hard to help them in this process. What is key, is that everyone follows the government guidance as well as adhering to the facilities own risk assessments.

It has been a busy time for the team working in a variety of areas, with the main aim of how we can help and support the membership and how we can get the sport back up and running as soon as possible.Below are some of the key areas we have been working on in the last few weeks and will continue to do so in July.
  • Helping to understand the government guidelines and producing our guidance to support athletes, facilities, clubs, instructors and coaches. Latest club guidance ishere.
  • Coordinating facilities to come together and share knowledge and info to help support a return to activity as quickly as possible.
  • We have set up a facility working group to help support the on-going challenges that facilities have as we come out of lockdown.
  • We conducted a survey to help inform facilities about opening (see results below, thank you to everyone that completed, we received 4100+ responses).
  • We have held club webinars on various topics. We have now put in place a longer-term plan of club webinars. We have secured a free workshop to be run byClub matters(click for info and to sign up).
  • We have provided four different safeguarding webinars.
  • We have had regular calls with our committee and regional chairs.
  • We have had regular calls with GB Snowsport and Home Nation’s to make sure we have a coordinated response and calls with the wider sector.
  • We have put together a working group looking at competitions and the challenge of getting these back up and running.
Survey Results
In addition to this, Jamie Horner our Chair will be standing down at the AGM in November and we have started the recruitment process for a new chair. For the advert and job description pleaseclick here.If you can please share this far and wide and encourage suitable people to apply.

Please stay in touch through our social media channels and website and joining the webinars where your contribution is so valuable. We would love to for you to share pictures of clubs and members getting active again.Please send these to: info@snowsportengland.org.uk

Ifyou are looking for a new podcast then I would suggest Locked in Shed, this is a look back at the history of Snowsport in the UK.
Locked in Shed Podcast
Finally, a HUGE thank you to all of our clubs and volunteers for everything they are doing to keep the membership engaged and for all the additional work they are needing to do to get the sport up and running!!

Many thanks
Tim Fawke
Chief Executive

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