Junior Pilots

If you are 25 or under and thinking about trying gliding, there are lots of great opportunities! Did you know that the minimum age to legally fly solo is 14? For answers to all your questions, please take a look at our Junior Gliding website.

If you are already Junior pilot, ie a pilot aged 25 or under, or a club official considering junior gliding matters, the information on this webpage will be helpful.

Junior Gliding Centre Resources and Documents

Junior Pilot Funding Opportunities

As well as the flying, there is a great social scene and the juniors have a full programme of both flying and non-flying events throughout the year, including the Winter Series which is held at gliding sites around the country. Keep up to date with what’s happening on the Juniors’ facebook page


As well as being great fun, gliding is a serious sport (for some). The annual Junior Championship attracts pilots from across the country and the BGA provides training in two-seat gliders alongside experienced competition pilots for those who haven’t taken part in their first competition. The British Junior Gliding Team competes in international competitions – they will be in Australia at the end of 2015 competing in the World Junior Championships – keep an eye on their progress via the Team GB pages.

If you are new to the juniors scene, there is a network of mentors who can help you get involved with the other pilots, events like the Junior Nationals / Winter Series and also be able to answer any questions you have about gliding. They’ve all got a fair bit of experience and will help push you to develop and become the next generation of glider pilot.

If you want more information about how to progress your flying or if you want to let us know about what you are doing, please contact the BGA Junior Gliding Co-ordinator Lizzie Pike (lizzie@gliding.co.uk)