How to affiliate your club with the BMC

Posted by Jane Thompson on 15/04/2014

Affiliating your club with the BMC is a straightforward process and you and your members gain many benefits from doing so.

The Benefits

As a BMC-affiliated club you can access many benefits, including:

  • Combined Liability Insurance - all club members, whose names and addresses we hold, benefit from £10 million Combined Liability insurance world-wide
  • Annual Summit Magazine sent out in March for all members you provide names and addresses for. The remaining issues can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet through our new Summit app using your membership number and email address
  • Access to BMC Mountain Huts through the BMC reciprocal arrangement scheme where you may advertise your club hut on the BMC hut list, and make use of other affiliated club huts for club meets
  • Access to the BMC Club Training Workshops organised specifically for members of BMC affiliated clubs
  • Access to BMC Travel and Activity Insurance which is a specialist policy designed for those participating in mountaineering activities – it’s the most comprehensive travel and activity insurance around
  • BMC Areas offer you and club members the opportunity to take an active part in the work of the BMC by attending area meetings [community.thebmc.co.uk/] and exercising your right to discuss and vote on issues raised
  • Discounts on publications from the BMC Online Shop, at over 700 retailers, on the Reciprocal Rights card for Alpine Huts, and on products and services from other mountaineering providers
  • Access to Mountain Leader training registration (such as Mountain Leader Award, Single Pitch Award, Walking Group Leader Award), the BMC Members Information Service, expert advice from BMC specialist officers
  • Facility to claim back club fees for any club member affiliated via more than one club
    BMC family – be part of an organisation that represents your interests, fights your corner and is there for you when you need help and advice
  • There is more on the benefits of affiliating your club to the BMC here
  • The full range of benefits are contained in the BMC Members Handbook


The Process

Club membership runs from 1 January each year through to the 31 December.  For student clubs membership runs from 1 October to 30 September.  However, a club can apply for membership of the BMC at any time of the year.

The process for applying for membership and accessing the benefits listed above is very straightforward and is as follows:

  1. Club to complete the application form in the New Club Pack
  2. Club to send the application form with the required documentation to the BMC office along with payment for your members
  3. The application will be assessed in the BMC office
  4. The club will be contacted with the decision.


The cost

The only cost for affiliation to the BMC is the individual payments for each member, there is no additional ‘club fee’.  For 2017 the BMC fees for each Club Member are:

Adult - £13.25          Student - £9.75       Under 18’s - £8.00

There’s a 50% reduction for members joining after 30 June (There is no additional discount for students and under 18's)

Should a club member wish to upgrade their club membership to include all the benefits of Individual membership it will only cost an additional £15.20.


Additional documents

Some additional documents are required to be submitted when you apply for membership.  Below are short descriptions of what is required for each document.

Constitution

The Club Constitution is its governing document.  It explains how the club will be run, what the membership levels are, what officer positions there’ll be on the committee (i.e. President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Meets Secretary etc.), the procedures for an AGM (Annual General Meeting) including voting arrangements, how the finances of the club will be managed etc.  Constitutions are also required by many people who provide funding for clubs.

There is a sample constitution within the New Club Pack that clubs are welcome to use to produce their own constitution.  If you require more support in producing one for your club then please contact either Lynda Buckley (Membership Services Manager) or Jane Thompson (Clubs & Partnerships Officer).

Club Rules

These are rules that don’t naturally sit within the formality of a constitution.  For example, the rules for booking out items of club equipment, for booking a place on a club meet or for reserving a bed in the club hut.

More advice and support in affiliating your club can be gained from the BMC office (office@thebmc.co.uk, 0161 445 6111).

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