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British Gliding Association

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What is Gliding?

Gliding involves flying in an engine-less aircraft

Gliding involves soaring at height of up to 30,000 feet and speeds of over 100mph in an engine-less aircraft. It uses the same naturally occurring currents of air that birds use to fly you can take to the skies and enjoy this exhilarating experience, no matter what your age, physical ability or background.


Gliding is an affordable way to take to the skies, especially when you consider that powered aircraft hire can cost around £150 per hour. At most clubs, you can expect to pay around £20 per hour to hire a glider, around £30 for an aerotow launch and around £8 for a winch launch.


Clubs normally provide either an aerotow to around 2000ft followed by a flight of about 20 minutes or one or two shorter flights where you are launched by a glider winch.

The BGA offers a voucher which you can redeem for an introductory aerotow flight or two winch launches at over 80 member clubs around the country. As well as giving you a first taste of gliding, these vouchers make a great gift.

The BGA also offer a mini-course voucher for those who would like a little more in-depth introduction to the sport.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.


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  • Charnwood Borough Council
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  • Loughborough University
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
  • Rutland County Council
    Sport England
  • East Midlands Platform
    Harborough District Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Age UK L&R
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council