Club support: webinar programme for officers, leaders and volunteers

Posted by Jane Thompson on 12/10/2021

During 2021 the BMC will be delivering a series of free webinars designed for the officers, leaders and volunteers within affiliated clubs. These will be a mixture of workshops, Q&A’s, and lectures.

This page details the webinars that we are running for the benefit of our members, specifically those who are running clubs.

The programme includes lectures, training sessions, workshops and Q&A sessions with the events running, predominantly, on a weekday evening and lasting up to a couple of hours.

For the events that have taken place we have provided links to the webinar recording and, where appropriate, we have included downloads of presentations too.

We know that many of our members enjoy the convenience of attending virtual sessions – they are easy to access, don’t involve the costs (financial and environmental) in travelling to a venue, and are a more effective and efficient use of their time.  However, we know that not everyone wants to join a virtual session, and so we also offer face-to-face sessions (links below).  We know that many of our members enjoy the interaction that a face-to-face session brings and we don’t want to lose that.


[Last update on 12/11/21]

We are now planning our webinar programme for 2022 and are keen to get feedback from the affiliated clubs.  It would be very useful if you could write in the comments box below any suggestions that you have for topics you would like us to include in a training, information or discussion session.


Electronic Payment Systems for clubs - Tuesday 9 November 2021. Review of the electronic options available to clubs for collecting annual club membership fees and/or ad-hoc club event fees.  Includes a presentation on direct debit.


"Clubs Are Open" - this is a campaign to support clubs to grow their membership numbers.  For more information about the campaign and links to the webinars / training sessions please click here.  Recordings of previous webinars can also be found at the same link.

Club Networks - rolling out across Areas, check out this link for more information about the dates for your Area.


Previous sessions run earlier in 2021

Re-opening Club Huts, via Zoom, Wednesday 24 March - looking at the requirements for huts to re-open in England and Wales, sharing good practice between clubs, and raising questions for the panel to answer.  There is no charge to attend this session.

Student Club Officers - a programme of webinars and training sessions is being created with more information on the BMC Student Clubs Network Facebook group.  The sessions in March will be on Tuesday 16 March and Monday 29 March.

Student Club Officers - Student Seminar information is available here

Re-starting Club Meets, via Zoom, Wednesday 21 April - looking at the requirements for clubs to re-start meets, sharing good practice between clubs, and asking questions.  There is no charge to attend this session. 
As the situation regarding club meets is changing rapidly further sessions will be put on at a later date, if required, to deal with any future changes to guidance.

Sessions for club leaders - these sessions are also advertised here as part of support to student clubs, but are relevant to all clubs.  There is no cost to attend these sessions and you can attend one or all of them!
Intro to teaching novices hill walking skills - 31st March, 7pm.
Care and Maintenance of Equipment - 6th April, 7pm.
Intro to teaching novices climbing skills - 12th April, 7pm.
How to teach belaying - 13th April, 7pm.
Incident Management -  20th April, 7pm. 

Hiking Essentials - this session, on Thursday 22 April, is ideal for those club members who need a refresher on skills they've not used for a while, and for any new new club members who need to learn about the key skills before heading out to the hills with your club

Howden Webinar Series - Howden, the BMC's insurance broker, offered a webinar series that clubs members were able to access.

Clubs are Open - various dates throughout 2021.  Click here to access the recordings


"In person" Training Events

Training Days for Club Officers and Committee Members

How to Train Novice Members in Your Club

How to Train Novice Members in Your Club - Winter Skills

How to Train Novice Members in Your Club - Next Steps

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Our club would like to pass on to our members the BMC offer of free liability insurance for members' children under 12. However, we don't have a family membership category, so the names of children would need to be registered separately from the rest of our members. A suggestion, which would seem easier for clubs and the BMC, would be for liability insurance for members' children under 12 to be included automatically as part of club membership, avoiding the need to register the names of those children. Would that be possible?
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Payment methods for club membership and meets (we are a national club and currently use cheques only and are experiencing difficuties owing to the decline in use of cheque books).
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The Facebook event for students on 'Rebuilding Your Club' looked useful. How about one for clubs with a slightly older demographic?
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