Previous Events


GLIDER LOAN  – Change of plan for closing date – now 10 Feb.  Change of plan for who can apply – no longer restricted to Juniors.  Read more at

2019 Women Coaching Programme unveiled

Building on the success of the 2018 programme, Team WGUK have just announced the 2019 Women Coaching Programme.  This kicks off on March 9/10 at The Gliding Centre, HusBos with an all-comers [mostly] ground-based weekend of fun, hot tips and advice on setting realistic plans for your gliding in 2019, whatever your experience level.  This is followed by XC coaching events for pilots at all levels.  See more here.



Wow – what a Summer!!! 

Coming soon – Women’s Winter Weekends and 2019 Coaching Programme, Women in Gliding – What’s your Story?…read on…

The WGUK website has been very quiet whilst everyone’s been busy soaring and making the most of the glorious long summer we’ve just had – but things have been happening all summer long and here’s a quick review.  There are THREE things it would be great if you could do to help maintain the project momentum.

The Women Coaching Programme has been very successful – read S&G for the write-ups and great feedback!!! – and we’d like to thank the Ted Lys Trust for their support to make this possible.  Right now we’re collecting people’s requests as to what you’d like the programme to offer in 2019.  We’re just in the process of sorting out the winter programme and coaching for 2019, so completing the form at is the first thing…  Event dates will be shared here as soon as they are organised.

Alison Randle and Liz Sparrow presented a Women Project update at the BGA Management Conference on 28 October.  Detail is on the Women Gliding Project page.  The more help we get with this, the more we can make a difference, so if you can spare even just an hour or so, please email and tell us what you’d like to help with.  We’re particularly looking for club reps so if you’d be prepared to be a Coordinator, shout up!  That’s the second thing…

Women Baseline Survey results are also on the Women Gliding Project page.  We got a really great response to the survey – around a quarter of active UK female glider pilots responded and we also got good representation from those who have given up gliding – with vital information as to why – and from overseas clubs.  Thanks to Alison Mulder and Maureen Weaver for help with the analysis.  Thus the third thing we’d like you to do is encourage your club committee to read, absorb and act upon the learning.

And finally, Women in Gliding – What’s your Story?  Why do you glide? What is it about gliding that inspires you?  We are collecting women’s stories which we will use to inspire other women to Give Gliding a Go.  Share your story at

OK, it was four things.  But hey, that’s a detail…

STOP PRESS: IGC award 2021 Women’s World Championship to UK

Our bid to hold the Women’s Worlds at HusBos in August 2021 is successful!!  Congrats to the bid team – now the hard work really starts.  Polish your leading edges and watch this space!

SPRING SOARING WEEKEND IS POSTPONED.  Current forecast suggests it won’t be possible to get up Sutton Bank so rather than risk it, we will reschedule.  We will post revised date on all media as soon as it’s rearranged.

Women Coaching Programme – now taking bookings – all info is here

Women Pilot Survey – please encourage all women pilots – active pilots, those who are no longer gliding, those who have taken a trial lesson and not continued – to complete the survey at

Women Gliding Project – 2nd meeting was 22 Jan 2018 8pm –  See notes at Women Gliding Project

Next meeting: after flying finishes for the day at the Sutton Bank Spring Weekend – Saturday 3 March time probably 5pm.


2018 Coaching programme launched!! – see here

There is something to encourage women pilots of all levels in the 2018 coaching plan – we’d really love to see you at one of these events.  Details are currently being finalised but you can SAVE THE DATES in your diaries now and email to let us know you’re interested.

Compette 2014 at Bicester 3/4/5 May

Entry deadline Saturday 5th April

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The southern leg of the Compette has moved to Bicester this year for a change of scenery and will run over the bank holiday weekend alongside Bicester’s Grand Prix. Expect the usual fun and debriefs, inspiring talks if wet and the opportunity to try the new variable barrel TP Distance Handicapped Tasks. 20 places max, entry form attached. If we are oversubscribed, preference will be given to women and WomenGlide Members.  See it on Facebook at

Entry form: North and South Compette Entry form.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Update on accommodation and cost

Bicester have kindly agreed to waive their day membership fee for compette pilots, which is marvellous. Thanks a lot to Bicester for helping us keep the cost down!

Trailer parking is also free, as is camping if you want to bring a tent.
Bunk room availability is limited, so… if you want to check if there’s a bunk room available please call the office at Bicester: 01869 25249301869 252493
Here’s more info on the site and club:

Women Glide Weekend 7/8 June at Kent GC

KentGCKent Gliding Club would like to invite all female pilots to a Women Glide weekend on 7-8th June. It will be very social, starting with a dinner and a talk on cross country flying, with instructional flying. It aims to give everyone a chance to meet other female pilots and to experience the club set up. Caravans, private gliders, tents and families are all welcome. Flying will be at club rates. For more information, please contact Julie at the Kent Gliding Club on 01233 740274

Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club have asked us to promote their Women Gliding Day (also on Facebook) at Camphill in the Peak District:

Camphill Women Gliding Day

XC Development weekend 20/21 Sept

Improve your XC flying and decision making.  British Women’s Team members will be running these weekends with 2-seat places available.  Places for both 2-seaters and single-seaters are limited so please fill in the application form and tell us why one of them should be you.  development weekend application 2014 v1.0

Stop Press – July Development date to be rescheduled – September date remains as planned.  Problems with glider availability for the July weekend mean that we need to replan.  We will update this page once a new date is available.

pegasus with sunshadeNational Women Go Gliding Day – date tba

The first ever (?) National Women Go Gliding Day will be this year.  We will be providing help for all clubs to organise this – what do to, press packs etc.  When is the best time to hold this?  8 March is International Women’s Day but may be too early in the year to tempt women out there into flying.  What do you think?  Is there another key date we should use?    Click here to let us know your preferred date  and meanwhile get your club committee to sign up to be part of this exciting event.

Saturday 14th February 2015: Climb and Glide Masterclass
(from 10-ish am until 5.30-ish pm)

Masterclass (mistressclass?) focussing in the morning on how to improve your climb, and in the afternoon on how to improve your glide. Bring a trace or two if you want them analysed or used for illustration purposes.

Hosted by the Oxford Gliding Club! At RAF Weston-on-the-Green! With food!

Please send a mail to if you want to attend, and let us know if you want to be fed and have any special dietary needs.
There’ll be tea and coffee, biccies and lunch. For a fiver all-in.

It would be fab if you could let us know by Friday, 6th February.


Saturday 7th March 2015: BGA Conference

WGUK will probably be there, too. Come and say hello, become a member, tell us what you’d like us to do for you, tell us what you can do for us.

The BGA Conference is free to attend, the annual dinner in the evening is quite legendary, make sure you book tickets and accommodation soon if you want to benefit from the preferential room rate.