British Figure Skating Trust

British Figure Skating Trust

Post by Ellen B. Edgert » Mon, 02 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Reported on Friday in the Times of London:

[excerpt]

"The adage "money isn't everything, but it certainly helps" could not ring
more true at the moment for British figure skating. Thanks to the recent
launch of the British Figure Skating Trust (BFS Trust) - an organisation
set up to provide financial support for talented British skaters - the
sport will enter the new millennium far richer than it leaves the old one.

Marisha Romer, an American-born, British-based businesswoman, who has a
keen interest in ice skating, has founded the trust with Pounds 95,000 of
her own money. Further funds will be raised through donations and
sponsorship from individuals and companies wishing to support British
skating. Two significant benefactors already on board are the
British-based John Wilson Skates company and the Ice Castle International
Training Centre in Lake Arrowhead, United States. Romer herself will
continue to add Pounds 50,000 annually. "

 
 
 

British Figure Skating Trust

Post by Kevin Anderso » Mon, 02 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Reported on Friday in the Times of London:

>Further funds will be raised through donations and
> sponsorship from individuals and companies wishing to support British
> skating. Two significant benefactors already on board are the
> British-based John Wilson Skates company ....

If Wilson really wanted to advance the sport, they'd stop making
over-priced and under-quality blades.

Kevin

 
 
 

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Post by john » Tue, 03 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> "The adage "money isn't everything, but it certainly helps" could not
ring
> more true

Why has Figure Skating never 'caught on' at the
University level? I can hardly think of another
sport that has not received funding of some kind.
I was sponsored at NCSU to play table-tennis ..
travel, entry fees, lodging, equipment, etc. I
just went and asked for the money, and they gave
it to me. Geez, don't these FS-guys know nothing?

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Post by HILL JANET SW » Tue, 03 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>> "The adage "money isn't everything, but it certainly helps" could not
>ring
>> more true

>Why has Figure Skating never 'caught on' at the
>University level? I can hardly think of another
>sport that has not received funding of some kind.

Because the NCAA and USFSA funding rules and what constitutes "eligible"
are so wildly different.  

        janet

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Post by john » Wed, 04 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> Because the NCAA and USFSA funding rules and what

constitutes "eligible"

Quote:
> are so wildly different.

>    janet

That's for sure, but they aren't the only game
in town. I always worked through student orgs
such as the sports clubs and the student union.
There's always money available for sports that
small groups are willing to setup and manage.
Gymnastics came in through that door, and
eventually jerked it away from Varsity Athletics
through title 9, and frankly support from the
funding types who wanted that resource for their
kids. State Governors and bank presidents swing
a big stick, and when they say 'jump', VA jumps.
I don't think Figure Skating has made the slightest
effort to tap that resource. If the problem is
USFSA eligibility, look at what happened to USGA
which got walked all over by NCAA. I think USGA
is the kids age-group program, while NCAA is where
the kids go when they age out and go to college ..
right into the scholarship programs for many of
them .. at least fee waivers. I'm guessing that's
how hockey is doing it now .. athletics dept
sponsored club programs. It's a buck in the right
direction.

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