National Governing Bodies
There are over 40 NGBs that represent outdoor pursuits activities. These activities include: walking, cycling, mountaineering, off-roading, caving and orienteering to name just a few. Most of the outdoor pursuits NGBs work towards maintaining public access for their activity.
NGBs come in all shapes and sizes:
- One of the largest NGBs covering outdoor pursuits is the Ramblers’, which currently has almost 140,000 members in England, Scotland and Wales. Its aim is to promote walking and improve conditions for all walkers.
- IMBA UK, (The International Mountain Bike Association) is possibly one of the newest NGBs. IMBA promotes mountain biking in the UK & Ireland, and works to keep trails and public access open for mountain biking by, encouraging responsible riding, supporting volunteer trail work and cooperating with trail user groups, land managers and public bodies.
- Some activities have more than one NGB that relate to the activity, for example off-roading NGBs are: All Wheel Drive Club, Green Lane Association, Trail Riders Fellowship.
- If there are different disciplines in an activity, there may be several NGBs, for example for equestrianism there are:- Association of British Riding Schools, British Equestrian Trade Association, British Vaulting Association, British Horse Driving Trails Association, British Driving Society, Welsh Equine Council, British Horse Society, British Reining and The Pony Club.
Many participants in outdoor pursuits do not join their National Governing Body. These may be individuals who practise their sport outside of a club environment, those who are members of unaffiliated organisations, those who do not subscribe to the benefits of membership, or those who do not appreciate being part of a formal structure. As a result there is a limit to the control the National Governing Bodies can exercise over the people who undertake the activity they represent.
Click here to go to Weblinks for all outdoor pursuits NGBs.
National Governing Bodies for Outdoor Pursuits
National Governing Bodies exist to represent their members’ interests. National Governing Bodies work to develop, promote and protect their sport or activity. Governance of their sport or recreation is a key role in regulating the activity. Many National Governing Bodies have affiliated clubs, which operate at a regional or local level.
National Governing Bodies vary in size and structure and represent a diverse range of activities.
In return for membership subscriptions, members usually receive a package of benefits which generally include:
- publications, such a members’ handbook, regular newsletters etc
- reduced-rate access to resources or services
- insurance provision