What is the BCPA?
BCPA stands for "British Collegiate Parachute Association" and is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation, set up for the purpose of promoting skydiving at a collegiate level. Our aim is to provide a community where several hundred university skydivers (from over 30 affiliated university clubs) can find like-minded people - with whom they can jump, compete and most importantly socialise!
One of the difficulties facing university skydiving clubs, is retaining new members during the inevitable bad weather months at the start of the academic year. One way to combat this is to build a strong social side to the sport - so during the year, the BCPA runs half a dozen boogie-style events at drop-zones around the UK, in addition to tunnel meets and a highly acclaimed Easter foreign trip.
The BCPA co-ordinates annual inter-university leagues to allow clubs to compete against each other both in competition (3-way, freefly and accuracy) as well as club achievements (such as obtaining Cat-8 or FS1). This culminates in an awards ceremony at the BCPA Nationals in the summer. Many clubs find that success here can help to convince their university to allocate them more funding for the subsequent year!
Who are we?
Members range from "freshers" who have only recently done their first jump, to graduates with hundreds of jumps who help film, coach and organise at BCPA events. The BCPA itself is run by a committee of volunteers, voted in at each year's AGM during the 'BCPA Nationals' event.
This year's committee is:
* Chair - Sam Lee
* Foreign Trip Organiser - James Lee
* League & Competitions Co-ordinator - Tim Gaines
How to join?
In order to attend events and be eligible for the competition leagues, clubs first need to affiliate with the BCPA. If your university does not have a club, you can either informally join us as an individual or else come along with a nearby club and donate your league points to them! The BCPA also provides assistance for universities wanting to start up a club.
For clubs to affiliate for the 2011-2012 year, instructions will be published mid-September.
For individuals without a club, just post on the forums to introduce yourself or else drop us an email using the address below.
To get on the BCPA mailing list and be notified of upcoming events, join the BCPA facebook group: (click)
How to contact us?
The BCPA uses the UKS forums as it's main means of communication, so if you have any general questions just post in the BCPA section and we'll get back to you asap. For private correspondence, email us using the address: here
-> The BCPA committee looks forward to seeing you at a BCPA event soon! <-