The National Schools Snow Sports Association

The National Schools Snow Sports Association

The National Schools Snow Sports Association

National Schools Snowsports Squad

What is the Squad?

When we started the NSSA, we were asked by many people if we would be running a squad for some of the kids. We resisted initially but soon came to see the benefit of a squad, selected in a fair and totally transparent way so this is what we did.

How and when do we select the squad?

Our programme director has been involved with numerous national teams and squad selection committees and we feel that it’s important, especially at the schools level, that the children, teachers, parents etc. have full visibility of how the squad is selected, using a selection policy with clear and transparent selection criteria published for all to see. This means that athletes know exactly what they need to achieve in order to be invited to the squad. There are no ‘behind closed doors meetings and the criteria are clear for all to see.

If a racer wins a medal in one of our qualifying events (These are listed in the event entry and on our social media at the beginning of each academic year) they are invited to take part as a squad member.

What is the required commitment?

In order to plan and to know we have a critical mass of squad members on a camp, we ask that all those who wish to take up their places on the squad commit to one UK orientation day and either one alpine camp or one Landgraaf camp during their tenure as a squad member.

In order to keep these camps as accessible as possible, and to ease demands on time off school, we try to run, as much as possible, during school holidays.

We also give the trainees a choice of camps to allow as many as possible to access this great opportunity.

Examples of Squad camps

February – British Schools Alpine Champs Camp

February – Half Term Squad Alpine Camp

March/April – Easter Squad Alpine Camp

May/June –  Landgraaf Camp

2024 Eligible Events

The events from which we will select the squad for 2024 are below.

  • National Schools Leagues Final – April – Gloucester
  • English Schools Indoor Open Champs – April – The Snow Centre
  • ISSC Open Champs – April – The Snow Centre
  • British Schools Indoor Open Champs – June – Chill Factore
  • National Schools Northern  Indoor Champs – Sep – Chill Factore
  • National Schools Southern  Indoor Open – Sep – The Snow Centre
  • National Schools Outdoor Open – North. TBA
  • National Schools Outdoor Open – South, TBA
  • UK National Schools Outdoor Open – Swadlincote

Please note

Please note – For the above events, if less than 150 competitors, medals will be given for individuals from 1st to 3rd place in the individual competition. For Events with 150 or more competitors, medals will be given from 1st to 5th place.

We also run some closed national champs for schools organisations. Due to the closed nature of these events and the fact that we have an inclusive selection criteria, we cannot select from these closed events. We will, however, dependent on numbers, offer status of ‘Invited to Train’ to medallists in these events.

2024 – 25 Athletes invited to the squad

The NSSA aims to be the go-to organisation for schools Snowsports in the UK.

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