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Advice and resources for clubs

If there's one rule about clubs, it's that it's never as simple as you think it's going to be. There's always an unforseen problem, a situation you hadn't thought about or an unexpected piece of bureaucracy you discover you have to abide by.

In these pages we've collated a variety of advice and resources which will help both at the setting up stage and as your club develops. You can find out what you need to do to comply with data protection and equality legislation and access all important information on administration, legal and financil advice, andrequirements for insurance.

Most of what you will need can be found in this section, but if you have a query not covered here, please contact us for information at info@mountaineering.scot

Upperward MC

Setting up a new club

There's more than you think involved in setting up a new club, but with our advice and resources, you can make the job a lot easier

Members of Kirkintilloch MC.

Developing a club

It's all too easy for a club to stagnate and die out. Read our tips for keeping your club fun and attracting new members


Young Alpinist from the BFMC

Young people in clubs

Are there problems with young people in clubs? Do their parents have to be there? What risks can they be exposed to? Find out more here.

Photo by Kevin Pollock

Club insurance

What insurance cover does your club require. Read here to find out more

Legal and financial advice

A range of legal and financial advice for clubs can be accessed here

Safety and liability guidance

What duty do you have as a club for club members' safety?

Photo by Kevin Pollock

Data protection for clubs

In running a club you will invariably hold some personal information about members. Find out what your legal obligations are.


Equality Act advice

The Equality Act makes it illegal to discriminate against people because of a number of protected characteristics.


Club officials guidance

A guide for club officials to managing their club's Mountaineering Scotland membership.