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History

The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) is the national governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in the UK.

The BBSA formed following the merger of the former organisations, British Bobsleigh Association and British Skeleton Association, with the merger first agreed in 2010 and the final process completed in March 2015.

British Bobsleigh was formed in 1926 in New York as the UK governing body for the sport and in 1980 the Association was incorporated to become the British Bobsleigh Association Ltd (BBA). In 1991, a group of skeleton athletes formed a new membership association, BBSKA, to be the governing body for British Skeleton, whilst the BBA remained the governing body for bobsleigh. The BBSKA was incorporated in 2006 as a company limited by guarantee and has been in receipt of UK Sport funding for the skeleton programme until the recent merger.

The BBSA appointed an independent Chairman, Christopher Rodrigues, in June 2013 and its first CEO, Richard Parker, in October 2014 to lead the transition into a single organisation. It is now the national governing body recognised by the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), who govern the international competitions for the sports, and by UK Sport, who provide the funding for the GB performance programmes.

Remit

The remit of the BBSA is to oversee the use of UK Sport and commercial funding to run the performance teams, which result in athletes representing Great Britain in international competitions, World Championships and Winter Olympic Games, and to run the membership of both sports for people who want to take part at an amateur level and those who want to simply follow the sports. In the 2014-18 Olympic cycle, the BBSA received £5.5m for the skeleton programme and £4.5m for the bobsleigh programme in UK Sport funding.