Junior championships and training

Junior Competition Training

Competition flying is a great way to fly more cross-country in an organised and focussed environment, to improve skills and performance, and to have a lot of fun with gliding friends!

The BGA and others support two-seat coaching for Junior pilots not yet ready to fly in a competition. This is a great opportunity to get to know what competition flying is all about.

The Two Seater Training is aimed at those who are close to competition level (i.e. probably have Bronze and XC Endorsements), but we invite applications from everyone. We make an allowance for age when choosing successful applicants. We know you can’t complete the XC Endorsement until 16. Don’t forget, that doesn’t stop you having it all signed off ready to send to the BGA on your birthday. Whatever your level, if you’re interested in the Two Seater Training, then get applying

Unfortunately, we cannot give places to everyone, so places will be awarded to those who we deem will benefit the most from the experience. The application form for the Two Seater Training can be found here: https://forms.gle/c85vyBcquuPFLKhh9 . Applications will close at the end of March 2024.

Junior Championships

This year, the UK Junior Nationals is being held at The Gliding Centre from the 17th – 25th August 2024 at Husbands Bosworth Airfield.

Not got your Silver yet? Don’t worry, you don’t need it to enter, you’ll just need it by the start of the competition. Enter anyway and we’ll get you into the competition when you’ve completed it (numbers depending), or potentially give you a spot on the 2 Seat Training if you don’t get it in time.

If you would like to compete in the Junior Nationals, but are unsure whether you will complete your Silver Badge in time for the competition, we recommend that you submit an entry for the competition AND also apply for the 2 Seat Training.

The entry form for the Junior Nationals can be found here: https://forms.gle/BWXQFeHiCBPKsk3b6 . Entries for the Junior Nationals close at midnight on 31st March 2024.

We will release an entry list in late April. Please bear with us – this competition is run by volunteers.

Keeping it fun

Whether you are planning to try Two Seat Training in 2024, or you are a seasoned Junior Championships pilot, or anything in between, this competition flying guidance is important. Please take 10 minutes to read it.