Funding information

GB Snowsport Performance Programmes:

This is intended as an overview of the current performance programmes within GB Snowsport with some FAQ’s to help gain any understanding.  The structure is shown diagrammatically and there is further information about selection to the World Class Programme.

 

GB Snowsport World Class Programme (WCP):

The WCP represents the pinnacle of the GB Snowsport performance programmes with the primary aim being to ensure medal success for Great Britain at the Olympic Gamesand Paralympic Games.  In line with UK Sport regulation membership to the WCP is for those athletes on a confirmed trajectory to be podium competitive at the Winter Olympic or Winter Paralympic Games.  Unfortunately, the WCP is not accessible for athletes competing in Non-Olympic / Paralympic events.  To ensure continued funding the WCP has annual performance targets agreed with UK Sport with our current medal target range for Beijing 2022 being 3-7 Olympic Medals and 7-11 Paralympic Medals.  The WCP is currently limited to 23 Olympic and 14 Paralympic places on the WCP although this is reviewed annually and can be increased if new medal opportunities are identified.   Athletes on the WCP receive Athlete Personal Award (APA) directly from UK Sport in line with their performance attainment to contribute towards their living and sporting costs.

The WCP is not discipline specific and currently services athletes from all 4 Olympic disciplines (Alpine / Nordic / Snowboard and Freestyle Ski) and 3 Paralympic disciplines (Para Alpine / Para Nordic and Para Snowboard) where agreed performance standards have been attained.

The WCP operates at two distinct levels:

  • Podium - supporting athletes with realistic medal winning capabilities at the next Olympic/Paralympic Games (i.e. a maximum of four years away from the podium)
  • Podium Potential – these are athletes whose performances suggest that they have realistic medal winning capabilities at the subsequent Olympic and Paralympic Games (i.e. a maximum of eight years away from the podium)

The WCP offers a full package of athlete support to aid development and performance and includes, but is not limited to; access to world class coaching, access to world class training environments, sports science and medical support and performance lifestyle support.

Whilst many our WCP athletes have come through a traditional development pathway, we have several examples where athletes have transitioned from other snow disciplines, other sports and even other nations.

 

GB Snowsport Senior National Squads

Athletes who attain the criteria laid out in the discipline specific selection policies are invited to become members of the senior national squads relevant to the discipline where they have achieved the standard. These Senior National Squads include the Alpine World Cup Squad, Moguls World Cup Squad, XC Elite Team, Park & Pipe ‘A Team’ and GBX World Cup Squad.  It is highly likely that many Senior National squad athletes are members of the World Class Programme.  It is however possible in certain circumstances that an athlete may be a member of one of the senior national squads but not on the World Class Programme - this could be because their performances are not yet on the trajectory to become podium competitive at the Olympic Games or there are not enough places on the WCP.  In these circumstances, and where possible, GB Snowsport will help to access other means of support to enable that athlete to continue to develop with a good example of this being the use of the Olympic Solidarity Scheme which designed to help developing athletes. *Nb all Olympic Solidarity Grants for the Beijing 2022 Cycle have been allocated

 

GB Snowsport Development Squads:

The primary purpose of these programmes is to prepare athletes for, and aid progression to, the World Class Programme.  Each of these development programmes is discipline specific and is staffed and resourced by GBS coaches and staff.  These development squads include the Alpine, Ski-X and SBX Europa Cup Programmes, XC Continental Cup Programme, and the Park & Pipe ‘B Team’, and have been established with the aim to bridge the gap between pathway and the WCP.  There is no funding available from UK Sport for these programmes and as such they are funded via athlete contribution and GB Snowsport revenue.  It should be noted that these are development squads and a stepping stone to one of the Senior National Squads and World Class Programme.

 

FIS Alpine Team

At the present time GB Snowsport selects athletes in the 2nd year of FIS alpine racing based on a performance tracker.  These athletes are not part of the GB Senior or Development Teams and the main purpose is to give the selected athletes priority race entry to aid their continued development.  As recognition for the attainment of this status athletes are given the opportunity to buy and race in GB Team Kit. GB Snowsport does not provide a formal programme at this level.*As of June 2020 the FIS Squad is under review

GB Snowsport do not currently deliver formal pathway programmes below Europa Cup level across Olympic and Paralympic disciplines but have developed relationships with commercial academies and charities that aid athlete’s development at the appropriate age and stage of their development.

 

How GB Snowsport recieves funding:

GB Snowsport works in partnership with UK Sport to support the development of athletes who demonstrate the greatest potential of medal success at Olympic & Paralympic Games. This partnership includes investment by UK Sport into GB Snowsport to deliver a World Class Programme (WCP) that supports athletes to train and progress towards Olympic & Paralympic success.   It is important to note that funding received from UK Sport can only be spent on the WCP and not the development programmes or athletes.

 

 

For details on other snowsport funding opportunities available in the UK system please see our Grants and Resource Guide.

FAQ’s relating to GB Snowsport Performance Programmes

- How do I become a member of the GBS Development Programme/ where is talent selected from?

We are currently in a significant review phase of our Pathway/ Development delivery across Paralympic disciplines. As it currently stands, we take a very individualised approach to potential talent; if an athlete were to contact us, we would investigate their current performance level and their projected performance level to understand their potential. In addition, we work closely with the EIS Pathways Team and will be part of the Discover Your Gold campaign that will be launched in 2021.

Across the Olympic disciplines, GBS works closely with academies operating within the pathway to recognise talent across the disciplines. Please contact GBS Head of Talent if you live in the UK but are not training within an academy, to discuss further.

We also run the British Qualified Programme, an athlete centred initiative designed to develop and support BQ athletes living outside the UK, read more here: https://www.gbsnowsport.com/newsinfo/british-qualified-programme

 

- How do I become a World Class Programme athlete?

Membership to the WCP is based on an athlete attaining the performance standards agreed annually with UK Sport and be on the trajectory to be podium competitive at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

- Who is responsible for the development pathway across Snowsports?

GB Snowsport’s remit is to deliver the elite performance programmes and not grass roots or pathway since this sits in the remit of the individual Home Nation Sports Councils.  However recognising the need for an aligned pathway GB Snowsport recruited a Head of Talent to oversee pathway development and has also co-funded coaching roles within Sport Scotland to help ensure athletes are able to come through the pathway.  For any questions relating to pathway development please contact Mark Ritchie – Mark.Ritchie@gbsnowsport.com

For any information on grass roots and community snowsports, please contact the relevant Home Country Sports Council:

Snowsport England - https://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/

Snowsport Scotland - https://snowsportscotland.org/

Snowsport Wales - https://www.snowsportwales.co.uk/

For further information on how high performance sport is funded in the UK

https://www.uksport.gov.uk/our-work/investing-in-sport/how-uk-sport-funding-works