British Parachute Association

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British Parachute Association
ChairmanMartin Soulsby
Official website
United Kingdom

The British Parachute Association (BPA) is the national governing body for sport parachuting in the United Kingdom.


BPA was founded in 1960 to organise, govern and further the advancement of sport parachuting within the UK.[1]

BPA aims to encourage participation in skydiving within the UK. In 2016 there were nearly 6,000 full members and around 60,000 students, and around 30 affiliated training organisations.[2]

The association is funded by membership subscriptions and has an annually elected council which controls all aspects of skydiving on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority. Unlike many other sports which suffer from fragmented and divided governing bodies, British Parachute Association represents most UK skydivers, and most skydivers within the UK are members of the Association.[1]

BPA is constituted as a company limited by guarantee. The association's headquarters are at Glen Parva, Leicestershire.[3]

Following the 50th anniversary of BPA, an archive project was established to record and collect the history of the sport in the UK and of the Association.


The BPA council consists of ten elected members, together with two independent directors from outside the sport. The council is chaired by Martin Soulsby.[4]

Drop zones[edit]

In 2015 there were 29 affiliated drop zones in the British Parachute Association.[5] These are:


  1. ^ a b The British Parachute Association Archived 28 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "About Us". British Parachute Association. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Contact us". British Parachute Association. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Review of the Year 2016" (PDF). British Parachute Association. January 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Where can I jump?". British Parachute Association. Retrieved 1 October 2016.

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