The Army Winter Sports Association was founded (as the Army Ski Association) in 1947. Since then it has encouraged generations of Army servicemen and women to take to snow and ice – often for the first time in their lives. It has been instrumental in organising competitions from novice to the highest levels of proficiency. Many of its members have gone on to represent the Army and their country at successive Olympic Winter Games and at other international arena. The Association remains at the centre of Army sport as it encourages and develops the next generation of Army winter sportsmen and women. Its task remains as important today as it was in 1947:
- To encourage young men and women to participate in winter sports.
- To develop their skills in a chosen discipline.
- To test themselves in demanding conditions – thereby fostering self-discipline, physical courage and teamwork.
Full membership of the AWSA is open to all ranks of the British Army, whether serving on a regular, FTRS or TA engagement or as a member of a UOTC or the Army Cadet Force. Associate membership is available to:
- All members on retirement from the Army.
- All serving members of the RN, RAF and overseas forces whilst on the strength of an Army unit or establishment.
- MOD civil servants.
FULL MEMBER – Serving Army personnel on a Regular, FTRS or Reserve Engagement and members of the UOTC and Army Cadet Force paying by Direct Debit.
ANNUAL FULL MEMBER – Serving Army personnel on a Regular, FTRS or Reserve Engagement and members of the UOTC and Army Cadet Force paying by cheque annually.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER – All members on retirement from the Army, members of the RN, RAF and overseas forces whilst on the strength of an Army unit or establishment paying by Direct Debit.
ASSOCIATE ANNUAL MEMBER – All members on retirement from the Army, members of the RN, RAF and overseas forces whilst on the strength of an Army unit or establishment paying by cheque annually.
LIFE FULL MEMBER – as Full Member but paying a one-off payment of £125.
LIFE ASSOCIATE MEMBER – as Associate Member but paying a one-off payment of £125.
HONORARY MEMBER – those individuals awarded Honorary Status by the AWSA Management Committee endorsed at an annual AGM.
The annual subscription for membership, which will be subject to periodic amendment by the Management Committee, is £15 (one off fee of £125 for Life Membership) payable on joining and thereafter annually on 1st August.
All those participating in AWSA sponsored events, including divisional championships, or in receipt of ASCB managed grants are required to hold current AWSA membership.