About Us


The club has existed since June 2001, when it began life as Otterbourne Primary Ski Club. The purpose was to teach children to ski in order to maintain the school ski team which had been participating in the English Championships since 1999.

Word got out however, and very soon there were children from many schools local to the Southampton area who were also keen to take part.

In 2004 the name was changed to the Southampton Area Ski Association, or SASA, to represent this expanded interest and in January 2006 the club registered with the governing body, Snowsport England

Our philosophy is about producing skiers who can race and we pride ourselves on being a grassroots club that creates opportunities for skiers to race on both dry slope and snow through regular race camps and training days.

Running the Club

The club is run entirely by volunteers.  Everyone involved in the club got involved through their children and give up their time to organise races,  training days,  kit sales and training camps.

If you would like to get involved either on race days or on a more regular basis, we are always very keen for people to get involved.  You don’t need to have an experience of race training,  just an enthusiasm to get involved.  If you are interested,  speak to any of or the committee at the next race or SASA Tuesday training session,  or send an email to secretary@skisasa.co.uk

The Committee

The committee comprises:

Lesley Gash

CWO (Child Welfare Officer)
Lesley Gash

Assistant CWO (Child Welfare Officer)
Zoe Trowbridge

Rachel Harrison-Smith

Richard Trowbridge

Committee Member
Mike Barnes

Committee Member
Sonia Enright

Committee Member
Peter Gash

SASA Coach
Fabrizio Ghislanzoni

SASA Coach
Monica Paluch

The committee normally meets at monthly intervals and anyone can attend.  Minutes are produced from each meeting.  We do not routinely publish minutes but any member is entitled to request to see them.  If you would like to see copies of minutes,  please contact secretary@skisasa.co.uk

SASA Organisation Structure

SASA is a Company Limited by Guarantee.  Members of SASA are members of the limited company and therefore have a £1 liability and  voting rights.  Junior members (under 16s) aren’t members of the company and don’t have voting rights or £1 liability.

The directors of SASA are:

Lesley Gash

Rachel Harrison-Smith

Richard Trowbridge

Legal Name – Southampton Area Ski Association Limited
Company number – 11075556
Registered address – 338 London Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 9JY
Registered in England and Wales


SASA Safeguarding

SASA is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults who engage in all Snowsports activities.

Lesley Gash is the Welfare Officers for SASA and is available to discuss any concerns or worries you may have.  Contact her face to face or via chair@skisasa.co.uk or CWO@skisasa.co.uk

Safeguarding & Welfare Policy

Snowsports England Policy reviewed Aug 2023 next review 2026




Antibullying policy


Guidance on reporting a concern


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