JOINING THE TEAM
British Nordic welcomes athletes to join our Development Squad from the ages between 12 and 18 years of age.
Entry to the squad is on recommendation of the athlete’s club coaches and by invitation from the British Nordic Pathway Coach. Interested athletes not associated with a club may be invited to attend a training camp first.
Training groups are based on age and on ability:
Development for new members and younger skiers put forward by their club
Youth Squad – generally for age 15 and above
Junior – up to age 23 years, group selection based on FIS points
The lower age limit of 12 has been set for the following reasons:
Below 12 there is likely to be too big an ability gap within the training group to reasonably resource with coaches
As a voluntary organisation British Nordic cannot resource pastoral care over such a wide age range
Below 12 the skier is recommended to enjoy a wide range of sports
Below 12 the skier is expected to be enjoying the support of a local club
The upper age limit of 18 has been set for the following reasons:
Above 18 it is regrettably unlikely that a development skier will reach the race standards which
British Nordic athletes aspire too
Above 18 the maturity gap amongst skiers on camps becomes too great to reasonably manage
Entry into the Team is usually into the Development Group, with training and an introduction to international racing allowing
athletes to progress along the pathway.
An important aim of the Development Squad is to identify athletes with the potential for development as international skiers and who may compete with their European peers. The Squad will develop each member’s skiing and sporting skills in a fair and supportive way, through sub-division on skill, fitness and direction.