Midland Gliding Club is formally accredited by the British Gliding Association as a Junior Gliding Centre.

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Accredited Junior Gliding Training Centre

Junior Gliding is dedicated to promoting the sport of gliding for young people. If you are a Junior pilot, ie a pilot aged 25 or under, the information on this webpage will be helpful.

There is a full programme of both flying and non-flying events for young pilots organised across the country. These events are aimed at a variety of experience levels, and offer a great chance to socialise with fellow junior pilots.

For young people, gliding is even less expensive. At the Midland Gliding Club, fees are charged at cost while launch costs are reduced by almost half. While almost all clubs offer discounts for young members, junior pilots also have lots of opportunities to fund their flying with a range of scholarships and bursaries.

New to the Juniors Scene?

If you are new to the juniors scene, there is a network of mentors who can help you get involved with the other pilots, events like the Junior Nationals / Winter Series and also be able to answer any questions you have about gliding. They’ve all got a fair bit of experience and will help push you to develop and become the next generation of glider pilot.

As well as being great fun, gliding is a serious sport (for some). The annual UK Junior Nationals attracts pilots from across the country while the British Junior Gliding Team competes all over the world – most recently bringing home three medals and a team victory at the European Championships in Lithuania – keep an eye on their progress via the Team GB pages.

For parents/carers

A Junior Gliding Centre is a BGA club that has received accreditation recognising that the club has policies, procedures and support systems in place to encourage pilots under 25.

For BGA child protection information, click here.

An introduction to gliding at the Midland Gliding Club for Young Pilots

Junior Gliding Code of Conduct (BGA)

MGC Advice for Parents