Here at Lasham, one of the world’s largest gliding clubs we offer a fantastic deal to young people.
We run two different membership categories based on how old you are on the 1st January of each year, these two memberships are 14 to 21 Years Old and 21 to 26 Years old.
Lasham Youth has been set up to encourage the presence and participation of younger people at Lasham by making gliding more accessible to under 26 year olds. It is run by a committee of Lasham Gliding Society youth members and other senior instructors. The Youth Group is supported generously by the club and it’s Committee of Management as well as by the Lasham Trust and generous donations by club members who all keep the flying costs down for young people to make it as affordable as possible.
>For those just starting to learn to glide on their way to solo learning on an evening group during the summer (4:30pm till dusk) provides a fantastic opportunity to fly when the conditions are more benign and the airfield is quieter, evening groups run every day at Lasham but we are lucky at Lasham that Saturday Evenings are reserved for Lasham Youth which is open to all youth members, but enables us to provide an environment where young members can fly with people of similar ages.
We have our own instructors, tug pilots and winch drivers, and aim to be a centre of excellence and help individuals achieve their goals. In the event that bad weather rules out flying, we shall run lectures and simulator sessions instead.
After solo there are a fantastic range of opportunities which Lasham can provide from soaring training during the day to aerobatics training and work towards the Bronze and FAI Silver Badge which allows pilots to fly at gliding sites across the world as well as take part in competitions and even one day potentially instruct!
>Gliding though by nature is a team sport, we run on a mostly volunteer basis and we expect youths that turn up for evening flying to give where possible the whole evening to being at Lasham to ensure that everyone can fly. If flying during the day you are expected where possible to give either a morning or an afternoon up. This side of it isn’t at all boring though! There’s many fun jobs to do while not flying, including getting the gliders ready to fly in the morning to driving buggies retrieving gliders to helping launch the gliders.
We look forward to hearing from you!!