Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code

With the summer season in full swing and thousands of children across the country engaged in an array of outdoor activities, sun safety will no doubt be a key concern for activity organisers and instructors. Yet with so much to think about, it is not always easy to keep sun safety front of mind.

Every year a significant number of children and youths suffer accidental sun damage while taking part in outdoor activities, even in the seemingly innocuous British summer sunshine. Figures from the Skin Cancer Foundation estimate that 80% of lifetime sun exposure happens in childhood and just one case of blistering sunburn can double a person’s chances of suffering from melanoma in later life. With statistics published by Cancer Research UK indicating that annual cases of melanoma are now five times higher than they were in the 1970s it is clear that action needs to be taken to halt the current trend.

The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code aims to develop and support sun protection practices for all those who work outdoors with children. Launched by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, this is a free online resource, providing all the information you need to develop and implement an effective sun protection policy, complete with accreditation to demonstrate your commitment to this important issue. Promote safe sun practices, protect those in your care and safeguard your reputation by visiting OK Sun Safety Code for more information.


Accident Prevention and Claims Defensibility

We had an article published in the IOL‘s Summer edition of Horizons about accident prevention and claims defensibility we thought you’d like to see it.

Other articles on our website that look at this area to check out




Manager’s Travels

How are we all doing?

It continues to be a very busy season for AIM with many of you renewing at this time.  I hope that all your businesses and activities are continuing very well, despite more inclement weather than we experienced last summer.  Exams are over (as a mother of a GCSE student this year, I am breathing a sigh of relief!) and the summer stretches out ahead of us, with residential visits and summer camps.  As Members you provide a tremendous array of activities!  I have been lucky to try some of these for the first time recently, more below.

What’s been happening over the past few months? 

We had a wonderful Member event held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in March, followed by the AIM AGM and it was great to see so many of you there.  I hope that you found the day worthwhile.  Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback.  This really helps us to plan our AIM events.  If you have any suggestions for future member events, please let us know we are always interested in your suggestions for locations and speakers. 

What have I as Manager been up to? 

I am very much enjoying my visits to see as many of you as possible, covering lots of different areas of the UK.  My recent visits have included trying caving in the Mendip Hills at Mendip Outdoors which was great fun; visiting Scotland to see the Actual Reality Trust at Ardentinny, via a lovely ferry across to Dunoon, and then on to Ardmay at the top of Loch Long, both of which had stunning sites and beautiful scenery; and meeting up with Xplore and Klub Group in Stowmarket and seeing their beautiful woodland bush craft areas.  I was sorely tempted to don a wetsuit and swim in the lake at Waterland Gear (next time!) and I had a super walk around the historic house and site at Sealyham in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire.  I also had my first attempt at stand up paddle boarding with SUP Bristol, managing not only not to fall in, but successfully stand up paddling along the river in Bristol.  Thank you all for making me feel so very welcome at these visits and for your time in showing me round. 

James and I attended the Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC) two day conference in Sheffield at the end of June and met many of our current Members and hopefully some new ones too!   So many of our enquiries come from recommendations- thank you for those.  The conference was very well attended and a great event.

What’s to come over the next few months?

I’m off to the North West at the end of July then Wales and Scotland in October.  We have a Member event in Okehampton on the 7th October – details to follow but please let Cathy know if you would like to attend on cathy.watson@rmml.com.

As always, the team is here to help you with queries and any issues.  Please do get in touch if we can help you at all.  I’d be delighted to come and say hello so do let me know if you would like me to come and see you as well.



Managing Risk – MS Amlin talk activities

Our supporting insurer MS Amlin came to our Member Day at Lord’s in March.  Mandy Maris their Risk Engineer went through a presentation on some top tips regarding managing risk within the activities and leisure industry.

Most members will not be familiar with how MS Amlin supports the mutual so this was a great opportunity to explain our relationship.  The benefits of effective good risk management theory and the relationship between accident investigation and claims.

Details of the presentation are included here for recap.  For members who weren’t able to attend the member day this is a fraction of the content from the day but hopefully gives you some insight into what is on offer at our events.  We really hope to see some of you at our next member days.  Look out for invitations which will appear in your inboxes or on social media.

You can read all about the last AIM member events here:-






ABC Annual Conference & AGM – June 2019

We are thrilled to be exhibiting at the ABC Conference this year bigger than ever at the University of Sheffield on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June 2019.  We’ll be on Stand 2 along with many other industry colleagues in the exhibitor hall that you’ll be keen to speak to.


Tickets to the Annual Conference and AGM will include the following:

  • Access to workshops and seminars
  • Entry to the Entre-Prises Exhibitor Hall
  • Entry to the Rock City bar
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and snacks
  • 2-course buffet lunch on both Thursday and Friday
  • Delegate day pack
  • Discount on Hotel/Accommodation
  • Free parking

Workshops and Presentations 

The ABC will have experts delivering insightful and topical presentations along with panel discussions covering all aspects of running an indoor climbing wall

If you don’t already have tickets, find them at https://www.abcwalls.co.uk/events/event/the-abc-agm-and-conference-2019/


Thrills and Unfortunate Spills – Clyde & Co

Our colleagues at Clyde & Co have put together a round up of recent personal injury cases affecting the activities industry. This article demonstrates that recent case law is positive for the activities industry but that businesses can always protect themselves further.


Birch Hall Adventures – Member Profile

Releasing Potential – Member Profile