14 - 16 years old? Want to learn to fly, for free?

Hi, I’m Seb. Back in 2014 I was 15 and applied for the BGGC Cadet sponsorship scheme. I had my first flight with an instructor in April and by July I was solo! BGGC is a great club to be part of, everyone is friendly and it’s a great environment for learning new skills. As well as learning to fly, I was shown how to launch the gliders using a winch — I even learned to drive the club vehicles saving me money when I turned 17 and started driving. If you’re interested in learning to fly before you drive! — Check out the links below. No qualifications needed, just enthusiasm and drive!

BGGC Cadet Scheme

Want to learn to fly? You can join the Bristol & Gloucestershire Gliding Club as a Cadet member. We offer a limited number of sponsored places which will enable you to fly for free up until the time you "go solo".

How to Apply

To apply please download the application form below and the prospectus and return your application to the BGGC. Please ensure you read the Prospectus in full and your application form is accompanied by the requested short document (max 500 words) on why you would like to receive a sponsored place. Note that limited places are available and will be awarded by selection.

Application Form

BGGC Sponsored Cadets

Who can apply ?

  • If you are aged between 14 and 16 you can!
  • No qualifications required, other than enthusiasm and determination.
  • Sponsored places are limited - apply now!

What's involved?

  • We will train you to fly a glider solo.
  • We train you to launch and retrieve gliders.
  • We will train you to drive the club’s retrieve vehicles.

What's the cost?

  • If you are accepted for one of our sponsored places all your membership and flying fees are paid up until your first solo flight.
  • After that 30 minute soaring flight will cost around £17
  • Annual membership is £90 (free for the first year under the sponsored cadet scheme)

Find out what it's like to Go Solo!

Become a BGGC Cadet