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 Structures, Club Status, 'Resource Centre' advice on choosing a legal structure
Constitution guidance (PDF), Constitution Template (MS Word)
CASC Participation Update, CASC advice podcast
BMC Participation Statement
Risk, responsibility, duty of care and liability
Renewing club members
Student Club Officers Handbook
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
Access and Conservation
Booking a Hut
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 members, Template (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.
As Europe is unlocked, BMC travel insurance is loaded with the essential cover that you need for adventure.
From 10 July, many European destinations are opening up to UK travellers. This means that you can still have your summer adventure – from sport climbing in Spain to trekking in the Alps.
BMC travel insurance comes in five policies: Travel, Trek, Rock, Alpine and Ski and High Altitude.
All of our policies include the following Coronavirus cover:
24-hour emergency assistance helpline
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Please be aware that there is no cover for cancellation, curtailment, delays or journey disruption in any way caused by or resulting from coronavirus / Covid-19. Read more about the Covid-travel FAQs here
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