British Caving Association
PredecessorNational Caving Association
Region served
United Kingdom
Russell Myers[2]

The British Caving Association (BCA) is the sports governing body for caving in the United Kingdom. It is recognised by UK Sport, Sport England and SportScotland.[3]


Further information: British Cave Research Association § History

The British Speleological Association (BSA) was founded in 1935, but this was not a national governing body. The National Caving Association (NCA) was established in 1968 as the first governing body, recognised by the Sports Council. However, the British Cave Research Association, the successor to the BSA, continued perform some 'national body' functions after its formation in 1973.

The NCA existed until 2005 when it passed its responsibilities to the British Caving Association, which had been established the prior year. At the same time, the BCA also took over 'national body' functions from the British Cave Research Association.[4][5][6]


The membership of the BCA is composed of Constituent Bodies, Regional Councils, clubs and individuals.[7]

The Constituent Bodies are:[7]

The Regional Councils are:[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). British Caving Association. 1. July 2004.
  2. ^ "BCA Council". British Caving Association. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Sporting activities and Governing Bodies recognised by the Sports Councils" (PDF). UK Sport. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ "BCRA Information". Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "National Caving Association". British Cave Research Association. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ "The Formation of BCRA". Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Structure". British Caving Association. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

Constituent Bodies

Regional Councils