The first official BCPA meet was on the 26th-27th March 1977. Dubbed the ‘Inter-Collegiate Parachute Championships’, the event was first held at Sibson and featured 114 competitors in disciplines such as Accuracy and Individual Style.
The first recorded clubs at this time were Brunel University, Edinburgh University, Leeds University, Newcastle University, Cardiff University, North Wales University, Queen Mary College, Cambridge University. The clubs in bold are still active today!
October 1977 saw the first fully collegiate display. The skydivers jumped into the Birmingham University campus as part of their Autumn Term Carnival.
In June 1978, the BCPA were accepted as an affiliated body of the BPA. At this time the BCPA also introduced an affiliation fee (£10) to cover running costs. By this time, there were 22 affiliated University Skydiving Clubs.
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