News - 27/4/9
London XC ski talent search & development day with the GB Nordic team

The past season has seen some remarkable performances from GB's young cross-country skiers. This reflects the successes of the clubs which have been developing the skiers, and the British Nordic Development Squad, which offers young people aged 11-23 the chance to enter the sport.

On Sunday 10th May, Roy Young, manager of the GB Nordic Ski Team, will be in London to meet with aspiring athletes interested in cross-country ski racing and coaches interested in developing young skiers. The aim is to help individuals to get into the sport, and to help organisations and people seeking to develop the sport in the region. Roy is keen to expand the pool of athletes entering the British Nordic Development Squad. He will be joined by members of the GB team, who will be in London for testing and who will be taking part in a rollerski race later in the day.

At the end of the day, there will be an opportunity for the squad coaches and athletes to answer questions from participants, coaches and parents.

Where & when: the session will take place at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in West London from 10.30am-5pm, Sunday 10th May.

Who's it for:
A: athletes aged 11-23 interested in taking up the sport, other athletes interested in skiing in the national team;
B: coaches interested in teaching cross-country skiers to young people.

What's the programme:
10.30 Meet at Hillindon Cycle Circuit
10.45 Coached session on rollerskis (if you want to come along but don’t have equipment please let Roy know so that he can supply)
12.00 Lunch
14.00 Skiing feedback & what happens next
15.00 Rollerski race (optional)
16.30 Meet the team, discussion, plenary

Who to contact:
Squad Head Coach: Roy Young
Email:, Phone: 01466 793347, Mobile: 07767694129

The team will be guests of the London Region Nordic Ski Club, who will be holding a coaching session and will be running the rollerski race on the day.

About the British Nordic Development Squad:
The British Nordic Development Squad is an organisation catering for 11-23 year olds interested in getting into competitive cross-country ski racing. The development squad feeds athletes into the Snowsport GB Nordic teams. The Nordic teams each have a selection criteria and specific aims. The squad holds several training camps throughout the summer and winter at various locations across, and works closely with the Nordic ski clubs in England and Scotland.

British Nordic Ski Team
Athletes who have met the qualification criteria are selected for the British Nordic Ski Team, which supports the athlete’s progression in international competition. In the last few years there has been a remarkable increase in British athletes' performances, with successful teams at both the European youth Olympics and World Juniors and for the first time in fourteen years, qualification for World Cup. Britain is in the staggering position of having the world number one in under 17 and the world number nine in under 19. In 2009 we had a top 10 finish in the Junior World Championships and now have 5 athletes qualified to compete in the World Cup. Final FIS listing


More information on the BNDS & day (DOC)

British Nordic Ski Team