Contact: Linda on 01189 264 669

Schools Ski Race

BRS School Ski Race,

February 27th 2016


Berkshire Race Squad would like to invite all pupils from interested primary and secondary schools to enter our first BRS School Ski Race at the John Nike Bracknell ski slope!


The aim of this race is to introduce school age pupils to ski racing at an entry level! The race is suitable for anyone who can confidently snowplough in control down the length of the slope and will take place around short stubbies (soft, flexible training poles) as opposed to full race poles. As we want to encourage new school teams to take part, priority will be given to schools with which have not previously competed in a school race on artificial slopes or snow (unless they are introducing new pupils to the sport!) If you do not have enough racers for a team, you can still enter individuals as we are awarding individual and school team prizes!

Many schools run ski trips at this time of year and this is an excellent way of encouraging children to be safe and responsible skiers as well as getting fit for the holiday. There are many pathways available for those who take part in the sport and many of our members go on to take GCSE P.E., Dof E, become instructors and race at University. The race will link in with National Schools Snowsports Week in April and we also hope that many of the entrants will join our squad and carry on with the training.


In order to ensure that every child achieves their potential in a safe environment we are also offering a number of additional training options at a reasonable price for all those who wish to take part. We ask that all entrants try to attend at least 3 of these sessions so that they are familiar with the slope and race format. Please see the attached sheet regarding Training for the Race.



Saturday 27th February 2016. Open practice and registration from 3pm. Racing takes place from 4pm – approx 7pm and will be followed by the prize giving ceremony.



Racing will take place around stubbies which are safe for novices and do not require specialist protective equipment. Open practice will take place from 3 – 4pm during which time the course will be available for practice.

Each individual racer will have 3 timed runs around the course and the fastest time of these will count towards their individual ranking and their School Team ranking (if they have been allocated to a school team.)

A school team will consist of 3 individual racers. The aggregate of the fastest times achieved by the 3 team members will count as the team time. Names of team members must be submitted the week before the race and cannot be changed once the race has started. We understand that it is difficult for schools to assess the ability of each entrant at this time as many will have improved considerably by February and been on skiing holidays so we are asking only for individual names up until the week before the event. Any remaining school entries who have not been allocated to a school team at this point will still receive a result in the Individual Competition.

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There will be prizes awarded for 2 competitions – Individual Competition for each age group and School Team Competition for each age group. The following age groups will be used:


Year 6 and under (Primary)

Years 7 and above (Secondary)


The 3 racers in a team may be a mix of any gender and any school age. The team’s competing age category will be determined by the oldest member of that team.



We are only able to accept a certain number of entries for this race so we advise you to return the entry forms (attached) asap. Individual entries may be accepted but priority will be given to those schools who have enough entrants for a school team ie min of 3, and to those individuals who have no race experience or only compete at regional level or below. We will be collecting the entry fee in January and details of payment will be sent to you once your entry has been accepted. The initial closing date for entries is January 31st 2016. Late entries will be accepted if there are still places available.

The entry fee is £10 per racer and this covers the Individual and School Team Competitions.

It would be useful for each school to have a School Captain who could return the form and be the contact (this could be a member of staff or parent.)


Boots and skis will be available at the ski centre – please mark sizes on the entry form.

Every racer MUST wear a helmet on race day! These are not provided at the ski centre so entrants must purchase their own before the race day.

The squad has a number of helmets available for training purposes and to try on at the training sessions. These are available at Decathlon and most are priced at under £10. The shop at the ski slope is also offering helmets for £20 each. We can provide advice on helmet fitting and what to look for.

Racers will need suitable clothing for skiing – long sleeves, trousers, gloves (do not need to be ski gloves) and suitable outer wear for the weather.

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We often get asked this question! Like any sport, skiing has risks but most accidents happen when people are out of control and have not learnt to ski properly. We have very few accidents in the club as trainees are taught to control their speed and line. Please take advantage of our special sessions so that you can reduce the risk of any accident whether in our race or on your ski holiday!


Insurance and Risk Assessment and Safety

The event will be run under the John Nike ski slope insurance and there will be trained First Aiders from the slope on site during the event. The slope carries out a risk assessment for events and BRS will also have a risk assessment available for schools to view at the beginning of next year. Please contact the slope or squad if you have questions on this or need further information.



Within the Race Club we have 2 licensed Race Coaches and a number of instructors, two national SSE Level 1 Officials and one SSE Level 2 Official (after November.)

The squad has a Club Welfare Officer and our race coaches and many officials have the necessary DBS checks. A Race Jury headed by the Chief of Race will make the final decision concerning any disputes on the day.

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Linda Miller

Secretary of Berkshire Race Squad

Tel 01189264669