One of the BGA’s core aims is to support the development of gliding clubs. A Development sub-Committee facilitates expert advice and guidance for clubs across a wide scope including child protection, general club management, planning, site security, aerodrome safeguarding, funding, and other issues.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
The BGA Child Protection policy identifies how all BGA clubs should individually develop and implement a Child Protection Policy. Further advice for club officials can be obtained from the BGA’s Child Protection Lead.
The BGA Project Planning and Funding Guide is an excellent source of information. The BGA Planning and Environment Fund is a fund established and funded by the BGA to assist clubs which are at risk in the context of planning, environmental or similar developments and may need financial help to fight legal challenges or to support a complex planning application or appeal. The Philip Wills Memorial Fund, which is managed by a board of trustees independently of the BGA, provides low interest loans for club development projects.
Sample Policy documents
BGA sample policy documents are provided to assist clubs in ensuring that they have in place the necessary policies tailored for their own particular situation.
Official safeguarding is only available for licensed aerodromes. The BGA provides procedures which a club should go through in order to obtain non-official aerodrome safeguarding and to provide some planning protection against the building of nearby obstructions or the development of activities which would threaten safe operations from the airfield.