Student club instructor support

Posted by Jane Thompson on 11/12/2018
photo credit: Henry Castle

Great support programme for student club members. 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 student clubs the opportunity to hire an instructor for a day at a subsidised rate.  The student 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 student club members to further their knowledge in climbing, hill walking, scrambling or winter skills.  It is hoped that these students 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 students per instructor)
  • Learning to lead trad routes (2 students per instructor)
  • Learning to lead sport routes (2 students per instructor)
  • Improvised rescue for climbers (4 students per instructor)
  • Navigation skills (intro to nav) (6 students per instructor)
  • Poor weather / night time navigation (6 students per instructor)
  • Winter skills (6 students per instructor)
  • Other training options will be considered

The programme doesn’t cover the full cost of hiring an instructor so a charge of £70 per club will be required to secure your booking of an instructor on your preferred date.  If you wish to book a second (or third) instructor to double (or treble) the number of students 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 using the link below.
  • 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 Friday 31 January 2020.
  • Each club may only apply for funding once each academic year.
  • The successful clubs will need to complete their booking direct with Plas y Brenin by Friday 27 March 2020; the training session will need to have been completed by Friday 31 July 2020.  Failure to meet the deadlines will 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 as a student club, based at a UK university.
  • All club members who attend the training must be students and 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


If you want to keep up with news for student clubs head on over to the BMC Student Clubs Facebook page -  For Club Officers join the Facebook Group

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