Do you want to learn to fly?

Joining UWE Gliding Club gives you access to our world-class gliding training facilities at Cotswold Gliding Club in Stroud. Cotswold Gliding Club is one of the UK’s premier gliding clubs, and membership of UWEGC gives you access to all of their facilities, including their new training fleet of ASK21 and DG500 two seat training gliders.

I want to go flying! What do I do next?

We aim to fly every weekend. Each winch launch is just £9 and includes instruction with our experienced gliding instructors. Once you've joined you can go on as many trips as you like. You don't need any prior experience to join and with commitment you could fly solo within a year! If this sounds like it's for you then sign up here.

How do I go flying?

As a club, car sharing arrangements are made each week allowing a car full of people to fly each day at the weekends, so don't worry if you don't have a car! This is organised through our facebook group (or email if you don't have a facebook account.) 

What can I expect from a day at the airfield?

Unlike powered flying, gliding relies on volunteering and team work so you'll be stuck right in the deep end learning about airfield operations! The day starts with unpacking the hangar and towing the gliders out to the runway. Once there you'll be helping the launchpoint run smoothly by helping launch gliders and retrieving gliders that have landed. Then your turn will come to fly and you'll be launched above the beautiful cotswolds.

What if the weather is bad?

We always try our best to get everyone flying, however we have no control over the weather! If certain weather aspects are too bad, we simply cannot fly. However while at the airfield you can take time to take in a lecture from an instructor or play around on their simulator to home in your skills. So theres always something to do on a non flying day.

Already a solo glider pilot?

Why not take advantage of free soaring in our own Cirrus 75 and K8 gliders! The Cotswolds Gliding Club also has a selection of K8, K18 and K23 single seaters in their club fleet to soar above the cotswolds!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us by email ( or social media.

Our Social Media and Websites

Check out this video to find out why we love gliding...

Want to know how glidiers can fly so far?

What gliding means?

Hear what Dan, who has been gliding with us since he joined UWE has to share;

The Committee:

President - Olivia Carnochan
Vice-President - Peter Robson
Treasurer - Sam Winfield
Equality and Participation - Joseph Cahill
Equipment and Safety - Jan Brychta
Events and Fundrasing - Katie Bell
Social Media - Sabrina Salo


We are still flying! With Government, CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and BGA (British Gliding Association) advice allowing instructional flights. We have also implemented a COVID operation procedure for the club to ensure that we are COVID secure during all of our club activities. However the situation may change and we will update this following Students union, Government, CAA and BGA rules and advice.