We are members of the following organisations:

Outdoor Industries Association (OIA)The OIA is a non-profit membership organisation that provides advocacy, representation, promotion, leadership and the opportunity for the outdoor recreational industries to unite with a single common voice.

It represents over 200 member organisations that provide products and services for the Outdoor Recreation industry, retailers that sell those products and services, NGO’s, NGBs and other organisations which operate in the UK Outdoor Recreation sector.

Its mission is to ‘Engage, Represent and Promote the Outdoor Recreation Industries’ with a long term vision to ‘Get More People Active Outdoors’.

European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)The EOCA’s vision is that the outdoor sector and the millions of people who enjoy the great outdoors act as active champions for the conservation of nature and wild places.

As a charitable organisation directly funding specific projects, the association wants to show that the European outdoor industry is committed to putting something back into the environment. Thus far projects have included the establishment of an environmental trail in Nepal, clean-up operations on a mountain peak in Kyrgyzstan, the protection of brown bears in northern Spain, replanting of native ‘virgin’ forest in the Czech Republic, protection of marsh fritillaries in Ireland and the saving of an ancient forest in Sweden from logging.

There are currently over 150 members of this 'not-for-profit' Association, stretching from Norway to Spain and from the UK across to the Czech Republic.

International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF)The IAMF’s goal is to promote, enhance and preserve mountain cinema.

Set up in 2000, the IAMF today numbers 27 Members (26 festivals of mountain film and a museum) which represent 20 countries of Europe, Asia, North and South America, Oceania. It has become the main reference point for those who produce, make, promote and conserve mountain film.

National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA)The NOEA exists to help make events happen safely, securely and with excellence.

The NOEA was first established in 1979 and acts to promote best practice, consistency and robust business throughout the outdoor events industry. They are able to connect over 500 members, covering local authorities, festival and event organisers, universities & students, entertainment agencies, promoters, venues and suppliers of equipment and services, together with every other practitioner in the World of Outdoor Events.

Through regional workshops, community networking, events, and partnerships, they create opportunities for those in the industry to find out about the latest developments and topical issues. They also look to affect wider markets that influence Outdoor Events through their representation on the Business Visits & Events Partnership, The Genesis Initiative, The Event Industry Forum and the International Festivals & Events Association – Europe.

Running Industry Alliance (RIA)

Running Industry Alliance (RIA) is a member-based independent national trade organisation built for the UK & Ireland Running Industry.

Its mission is to collectively assist its Members to drive the Running Industry forward to improve the Sport & Business of Running.

RIA provides its Members with a spotlight for visibility and fast-track growth potential by immediate network support with like-minded fellow Members across sectors. Along with focus areas for development, recruitment sharing opportunities, immediate industry connection potential, education opportunities, industry insights and fellow peer-to-peer support, RIA creates positive energy, drive and momentum between and for its Members of the Running Industry.

Our Official Charity Partners are:

Opening Up The Outdoors (OUTO)Founded in 2021, as a response to systemic racism, OUTO is a not-for-profit initiative that focuses on the continued inclusion, education, and enjoyment of outdoor spaces by people of the global majority. They envision an outdoor community and industry that is truly diverse, equitable, anti-racist and accessible to everyone.

Their goal is to ensure that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity or physical ability is welcomed and included when they step outside. To do this, OUTO is partnering with industry and community leaders.

Protect Our Winters.UK (POW UK)Protect Our Winters UK is an outdoor climate action charity that believes that, together, outdoors people can be a force for positive change.

POW helps passionate outdoor people become effective climate advocates to achieve systemic solutions to climate change. They deliver community education and engagement programmes, organisational climate action support, and campaign for systemic policy solutions.

Mind Over Mountains (MOM)

Mind Over Mountains is a charity offering professional mental health support through therapeutic outdoor experiences. They deliver events throughout the UK, with bursaries available to those with the most challenging lives. They believe this time in nature, coupled with professional support is a powerful way to build resilience, talk without pressure and re-find stillness.

Millimetres to Mountains (M2M)

Through the great outdoors and the power of community Millimetres to Mountains inspires and supports individuals to redefine their limitations and take steps towards a brighter future.

Bendrigg TrustBased in Old Hutton, just outside Kendal, Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high quality activity courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. They aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.

Snow Camp

Since 2003, Snow Camp have been harnessing the power of skiing & snowboarding to break down barriers, broaden horizons and address the biggest social issues facing underserved young people today. Alongside learning to ski or snowboard, particpants also have access to life skills training and mental health support.

Rider ResilienceRider Resilience is set up to draw on the strength and camaraderie of the bicycle community, to enable anyone in the face of adversity to ride through their hardship. By encouraging the use of any bicycle as a platform to find resilience, the movement pulls together cyclists to support each other, paying forward the joy derived from riding and in turn making the world a better place.

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