Club Development and Resources
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.
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.
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.
It is important that clubs are committed to protecting personal data. The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a number of significant changes. Further advice for clubs is available on our data protection webpage.
Developing Volunteering at Clubs
Gliding is good at volunteering, yet clubs often report difficulty getting enough people to help out. Learn more about attracting, developing and retaining volunteers here.
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.
Junior Gliding Centre
Providing the right environment for young people in gliding encourages participation. The Junior Gliding Centre scheme aims to help clubs to appropriately support their young pilots. Any BGA club that meets the required criteria can be accredited as a BGA Junior Gliding Centre (JGC). These links may be helpful;
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.