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British Airways Athletics Club Membership Information (updated January 2017)

Joining the British Airways Athletics Club

Print off, fill in and mail the membership form to the membership secretary at the address on the form including a cheque to cover your initial year's membership.  Membership will start once your membership fee has been processed. Existing members can renew with an electronic transfer - please contact the treasurer if you want to do this and he will provide you with the details you need.

Membership Benefits for Full Members

  • Entry and use of facilities at The Imperial College sports ground Heston Venue (formally the Concorde Centre)...
  • The BA Clubs website (opens new window) contains details of the facilities at the Heston Venue,
  • and details of other UK regional clubs,
  • and lists the other sports and leisure clubs that membership entitles you to join.
  • Entry into the monthly Club In-house Event (CIE),
  • these events are usually designed to encourage full participation by all club members regardless of ability or fitness.
  • Entry into the monthly Club Socials
  • with inclusive catering every other month (club funds permitting),
  • Running colleagues for ad hoc and training runs...
  • from the Heston Venue on Wednesday evenings,
  • and Track & Field every Monday,
  • and lunchtimes from Waterside (the BA Head Quarters at Harmondsworth).
  • Running opportunities covering road running, parkruns, cross-country, team relays and others,
  • Track and field athletics,
  • International events,
  • Fitness gym sessions,
  • Opportunities to organise events or simply assist others doing so,
  • Additional opportunities to gain entry into the London Marathon,
  • Guilt free access to this website and weekly club digests,
  • Two pounds discount from most UK fee entry running events [with UK Athletics Affiliation].

Associate Membership

Associate Members gain most of the benefits listed above but excludes access to the Heston Venue other than for as a guest a limited number of times each year.  Also note that Associate Members are not eligible to vote at the club AGM nor to hold the key club committee posts (Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary). 

Club Eligibility

The Athletics Club was formally a closed club for employees of British Airways but these days anyone is welcome to join.  Potential joiners might like to be aware of the following summary of eligibility rules.  These are a summary - please contact the membership secretary to confirm or discuss any details or eligibility flexibility.  Also note that the eligibility rules of BA Clubs and the Athletics Club are subject to change over time:

  • To be a FULL member of the British Airways Athletics Club you must be a member of BA Clubs (Heathrow) (aka The Concorde Club)...
  • BA Club membership is open to all current and former employees of British Airways, relatives of other members and now in addition Community Membership to anyone over the age of 18. The cost of joining BA Clubs depends on personal circumstances.  Details can be found on the BA Clubs website (opens new window).
  • Associate Members do not have to be a member of BA Clubs (Heathrow) but are not entitled to use the BA Clubs facilities.
  • You also need to join British Airways Athletics Club itself...
  • This requires an annual fee paid in April for the year from 1st April to 31st March.  Details of how to join are provided below. The current annual membership fee is 9.
  • There is an optional additional affiliation fee of 14 to register for England Athletics Membership [covers year April 2017/18]...
  • This has various advantages the most significant being that you are entitled to a 2 discount from most races organised under UK Athletics rules (this covers most UK fee entry races).  
  • If you already pay the 14 England Athletics fee via another running club you do not need to pay again - that club would be your first claim club and BAAC could be your second claim club.
  • Please advise the membership secretary if you need to transfer your England Athletics membership from a previous club to the BAAC.
  • For many featured races BAAC will expect you to wear the BAAC registered running vest.  Additionally, if the entry discount has been used, England Athletics may expect you to wear the club vest...
  • See the Club Kit page for details of the club vest. This rule is unlikely to be enforced if you are running in a sponsored charity vest.
  • Some BAAC featured events are restricted to airline employees, or to only current and retired employees.  Some of these events may allow non-airline employees to take part but not to qualify for awards.
  • Some BAAC featured events are team events.  In these cases the BAAC Team Captain will chose the team...
  • They will initially take into account the gender and age rules of the event.  They will also take into account individual qualities. These are likely to be performance related but can include reliability and offers to assist with the logistics of the event.  For some events the need for a minimum team size may necessitate the inclusion of non-club members into the team.  Members should always be selected ahead of non-members.
  • Non-members are welcomed to join us for some events over the year...
  • Some fees may need to be charged to cover costs.  Non-members who have attended three or more events over the year will be strongly encouraged to join the club.

Joining the British Airways Athletics Club

Print off, fill in and mail the membership form to the membership secretary at the address on the form including a cheque to cover your initial year's membership.  Membership will start once your membership fee has been processed. Existing members can renew with an electronic transfer - please contact the treasurer if you want to do this and he will provide you with the details you need.

 

      

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