Instructor support for BMC clubs

Posted by Jane Thompson on 06/02/2020
photo credit: Henry Castle

New support programme for members of BMC affiliated clubs. Get skilled up with an instructor from Plas y Brenin at a reduced rate!

The BMC is working in partnership with Plas y Brenin to offer BMC affiliated clubs the opportunity to hire an instructor for a day at a heavily-subsidised rate.  The  club will have a choice of the course to be delivered, and will be able to arrange a mutually convenient date directly with Plas y Brenin.


This programme has been developed to enable club members to further their knowledge in climbing, hill walking, scrambling or winter skills.  It is hoped that these members will then be able to support other club members so that the knowledge gained will be kept within the club.


What can our club get from this programme?

The programme will enable a club to hire a professional instructor for a day to provide training to club members.  The instructor will be able to deliver one of the following (all in Snowdonia)

  • Scrambling skills (4 members per instructor)
  • Learning to lead trad routes (2 members per instructor)
  • Learning to lead sport routes (2 members per instructor)
  • Improvised rescue for climbers (4 members per instructor)
  • Navigation skills (intro to nav) (6 members per instructor)
  • Poor weather / night time navigation (6 members per instructor)
  • Winter skills (6 members per instructor)
  • Other training options will be considered

The programme doesn’t cover the full cost of hiring an instructor so a charge of just £70 per club will be required to secure your booking of an instructor on your preferred date.  If you wish to book a second instructor to double (or a third instructor to treble) the number of members receiving the training you will need to arrange this directly with Plas y Brenin and pay the full cost of the instructor (£270 per instructor per day)


How to apply

  • All applications must be submitted online at 
  • On the application the club must identify what activity they wish the instructor to deliver, and when, approximately, they wish the instruction to take place.  Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
  • Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis with a final closing date for applications at 10am on Thursday 30th April 2020.
  • The programme will close earlier if all the funding has been allocated.
  • Each club may only apply for funding once.
  • The successful clubs will need to complete their booking direct with Plas y Brenin by Friday 29th May 2020; the training session will need to have been completed by Monday 31st August 2020.  Failure to meet the deadlines may result in the funding being re-allocated.
  • Successful clubs will be asked to complete a simple feedback form which must be returned to the BMC immediately after training has been provided.


Apply for the support here


Key points

  • The club must be fully affiliated to the BMC for the current membership year
  • All those members who attend the training must be full club members of the club.
  • The club is responsible for confirming the details of their booking with Plas y Brenin and completing the payment of £70 to secure an instructor on their preferred date.
  • Clubs will not receive any funding directly, that transaction will be managed by the BMC and Plas y Brenin.
  • Group equipment will be provided by Plas y Brenin
  • Accommodation, travel and any other expenditure is not included within the programme.
  • Any queries about this programme should be directed to Jane Thompson, Clubs Officer, jane, 07885 910606


See other deals available for BMC members at Plas y Brenin here

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