The National Schools Indoor Open Series 2018-19
Over the last 5 years, the UK indoor racing scene for schools has been growing. Starting in 2013 with the BISS National Schools Indoor Championships, usually held at Hemel Hempstead with 180 entrants leading to where we are now with the 6thrunning of this event having a capacity of nearly 400 racers in a day and entry having to be closed a month early due to demand for places.
The ISA Open Champs ran earlier this year with a record 450 racers and the National Schools Indoor Open grew to 150 racers this year from just 60 at the first running of that event in 2017.
Building on these popular National Schools Events, the NSSA goes into 2018-19 with the launch of the National Schools Indoor Series, which this school year, features 4 events and will increase to 5 for the following season to become a truly national series.
As always, accessibility is very important for these open events with an unrestrictive race entry. Many other schools events tend to restrict entry by insisting schools are members of the organisation running the events or restrict the entry to teams of single age group only. This excludes small schools or schools with less than 4 skiers. It also handicaps schools which cannot raise a team consisting of skiers within a single age group. The NSSA format allows for mixed age groups and individual entries, so being more inclusive and less intimidating for many children.
These events work as a great feeder series into club national and GBR events with many racers competing for the first time alongside children from the national team and full time academy programmes. This gives the newer racers some inspiration and exposure to skiers that they may not usually see.
As well as the usual medals and prizes from individual event partners, there will be overall series prizes including skis from series sponsors.
Placings in the races and series will qualify racers for selection to the National Schools Snowsports Squad for the following school year/season with squad training camps, races and exposure to a national programme for these pupils. More information on the squad can be found on pages 6 and 7.
The events for the 2018-19 series will be
1/ The BISS National Indoor – October 1stat Milton Keynes
3/ The British Schools Open – June 3rdat Castleford
4/ The British Schools Open Ski Cross Event – June at Castleford
Of course the ISA Indoor Open Champs will also happen in April at Hemel but this event cannot be part of the series as there are limited open places.
All races will be open for entry in early October online but, for more information on any of these events or, if you’d like an event run for your school, school trust or against another school, Please contact BISS.
BISS website www.schoolsskiracing.co.uk