Your BGA

About the BGA

The British Gliding Association is the governing body for the sport of gliding in the UK and members are the 80 clubs that provide gliding facilities for their members – clubs that are spread throughout the UK from the north of Scotland to the SW tip of England and which range from small, member-run clubs through to some of the largest gliding clubs in the world. Through these clubs, we represent and provide services to all glider pilots.

Our roles are many and varied. We provide advice and assistance to clubs on a wide range of topics, including finance, regulation, operations, advocacy, and marketing, and we take a leading role in the development and promotion of gliding, including with young people.

Read more about the BGA here.

Representation and Engagement

As the UK governing body of gliding, the BGA has a significant responsibility in representing the interests of gliding clubs and their member glider pilots. Government agencies and departments that the BGA regularly engage with in the course of our work include DfT, DCMS and UK CAA. The BGA’s priorities are identified in the Articles of Association and the current BGA Strategy as amended from time to time.

Read more about BGA representation and engagement here.

Environment

Gliding is an air sport where the fundamental aim is to fly without using any energy other than that generated by the sun and wind.

The British Gliding Association is an environmentally conscious organisation and recognises that there is a climate emergency. We acknowledge the potential impact that our operation may have on the environment and the need to take action.

Read more about the BGA and the environment here.

Equity and Equal Opportunities

The BGA respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone fairly within the context of their sport. Our equity and equal opportunities policy has been produced to prevent any potential discrimination or other unfair treatment, whether intentional or unintentional, direct or indirect, against its employees, contractors, volunteers and those participating in BGA controlled activity.

You can view our policy here.

Of course the law applies as much to sport as it does other elements of society.

Responding to concerns

The BGA naturally encourages any individual who witnesses racist, homophobic, sexist or other inappropriate comment, banter or action, to immediately call that out as unacceptable. It is recognised that not everyone will be confident enough to do so.

Any person who feels they are being treated inappropriately or unfairly or being discriminated against at their gliding club should in the first instance contact their club chairman or another member of the committee to resolve the issue. If that is not possible, the issue can be referred to the BGA via the BGA CEO.

Where a person feels they are being treated inappropriately or unfairly or being discriminated against when taking part in BGA facilitated activity, they should in the first instance seek to address the issue with the person leading the activity. If that is not possible for any reason, the issue can be referred to the BGA via the BGA office manager.

Child protection and safeguarding issues can be passed directly to the BGA child protection lead. Details are available here.