BMC Club Guidelines

Setting up and managing a climbing or walking club can throw up many questions. These guidelines for BMC clubs will help answer some of them.

The advice below is intended not to constrain club activities but to help clubs manage their affairs effectively so they can enjoy the established freedoms of the mountains and cliffs and protect them in their natural state for future generations to enjoy.

If you are looking for further advice, wish to chat through support for your club or have a query on a different topic then please contact Jane Thompson, BMC Clubs Officer on 07885 910606 or clubs@ thebmc.co.uk


Each area has a concise document linked to it so please click on the relevant headings below to view the documents:

 

CLUB MANAGEMENT & GOVERNANCE

Club StructuresClub Status, 'Resource Centre' advice on choosing a legal structure

Constitution guidance (PDF)Constitution Template (MS Word)

CASC Participation Update, CASC advice podcast

Data Protection

Hut guidelines

BMC Participation Statement

Risk, responsibility, duty of care and liability

Renewing club members

Student Club Officers Handbook

 

INSURANCE

Insurance FAQ's for clubs  (document produced by the BMC)

BMC Insurance Centre (site managed by Howden)

 

FINANCE & FUNDING

Collection of Subscriptions and Other Fees

Funding available for clubs

 

MEETS

Access and Conservation

Booking a Hut

Equipment

Transport

 

MEMBERS - NEW & EXISTING

Club Welcome Pack for New Club Members

Club Membership Form template (MS Word)

Recruitment and Retention of members

Risk Management when training novice membersTemplate (MS Word)

Planning activities for members with disabilities or with long-term health conditions (link to Activity Alliance website)

 

YOUNG PEOPLE & FAMILIES IN CLUBS

Child Safeguarding & Child Protection

Child Safeguarding Policy

Club Youth Officer Role

 

NEW CLUBS - APPLYING FOR BMC AFFILIATION

New Club - Application Pack [PDF] 

New Club - Application Form [MS Word] 

 

There is a lot of information on the Sport England Club Matters website and on the Sport Wales Club Solutions website including club governance/club status, managing finances, recruitment.

 

If your club thinks of an area/topic that would benefit from having some guidelines produced then please let us know.

Clubs: Frequently asked questions


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