Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

Juniors and Under 25s

If you are under 25 and have a visual-impairment - or otherwise under 18 - then you can join the Junior BCA. Membership is free and gives you access to all the benefits available to older members. The Junior BCA is part of the BCA and administered by the same officers.


Full membership of the Junior BCA is available to visually impaired UK residents under 25.

Associate membership of the Junior BCA is available to sighted UK residents under 18.


Membership of the Junior BCA is free.


Members of the Junior BCA enjoy full membership status of the BCA. They are entitled to all the benefits and subject to all the obligations of other members and associate members of the BCA.


Provided that the Junior BCA has at least ten members it will be entitled to elect one of its members to serve on the BCA committee. That member will enjoy equal status with other committee members and will be responsible for bringing the views of Junior BCA to the committee.


Visually impaired members of the Junior BCA shall be entitled to free entry and free accommodation when competing in BCA events. In appropriate circumstances, a guardian or guide may also receive free accommodation when accompanying a visually impaired member of Junior BCA. They may also receive other benefits such as: the provision of chess equipment or coaching, at the discretion of the committee.

When Membership of Junior BCA Expires

When visually impaired members of the Junior BCA become 25 or associate members become 18 between 1st October and 31st March they can continue their BCA membership by paying half the current annual subscription on 1st April or by taking out five year or life membership.

When their birthday falls between 1st April and 30 September, payment for continued membership will not be due until the beginning of October.

Finding out More

To find out more contact the Junior Development Officer.