About SKF & How to Join

About SKF
Sheffield Kite Fliers started out life as a bunch of delta kite fliers who regularly met up in the western fields of Sheffield many moons ago. Then the power kite craze hits town and before you know it, the "bunch of people" swelled to welcome in all sorts of fliers, from traditional trick fliers, to adrenaline crazed kite fools! Some fliers only fly dual line trick kites, others fly quad line trick kites such as the Revolution, and others really are the "adrenaline crazed kite fools" mentioned above who are into getting big airs with big kites!

Although we are based in Sheffield we have members from the surrounding towns in South Yorkshire / North Derbyshire (such as Doncaster, Chesterfield, Barnsley & Rotherham). SKF are affiliated to the British Kitesports Association and details of our affiliation can be found here.
    How to Join

    Anyone with an interest in kite flying, be it trick, power or traction, is welcome to come along, have a chat, watch what we get up to, and get some friendly advice on how to proceed. Here's everything you need to know to have a go and join the SKF (The membership fee is £5 and is included as part of your BKSA insurance).

    Getting Started:
    Our meetings and events are the best ways to get chatting about kites and ask questions so come along and meet us! The places we fly can be found in the Flying Sites section but we fly at Lodge Moor every Thursday during British Summer Time and have fornightly socials during the winter months. We offer friendly advice as long as you are insured (see below), and recommend that children are at least 6 years old before they have a go at kiting. Before attempting Power Kiting you should be free of any injuries, wear a helmet (a cycle helmet will do), and wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty (especially in winter) with strong shoes. Anyone is more than welcome to come up and chat to us at anytime to see what we get up to, see how it's done, and ask questions.

    Important Info:
    Anyone attending one of our sessions is responsible for their own safety and attends entirely at their own risk. Please read our safety guidelines. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. NEVER launch another persons kite without first asking the permission of the owner!


    Insurance:

    Membership of the SKF costs £5 annually and is included in 3rd party liability insurance, which is less than £50 a year, and is recommended BEFORE you try Power Kiting. Insurance is also ESSENTIAL if you wish to fly with us on any of our trips or socials. All SKF members must have British Kitesports Association membership (please choose Sheffield Kite Fliers as the club when you join) which includes insurance that covers you for scudding, boarding, buggying, and surfing. Certain festivals, inland sites, and beaches we use require this insurance as a prerequisite for doing kite traction activities. For trick/stunt kite fliers our members use the Midland Kite Fliers for their insurance. If you don't have insurance you are more than welcome to come up and chat to us to see what we get up to, see how it's done, and ask questions.


    Your Own Kites:
    To try out Power Kiting you can use our Ozone club kites (if insured and please check avaliability) or use your own equipment. For advice on which kites to buy click here or talk to us on our forum or Facebook page. If you buy a new kite (or a badly set up second hand one) one of the most common mistakes we see is with the colours of the lines, handles, bars, kite killers, etc. If they are colour coded red and blue, like most are these days, then RED IS LEFT and BLUE IS RIGHT.

    Our FAQ:

    Check out our frequently asked questions for more info.

How to Join

Anyone with an interest in kite flying, be it trick, power or traction, is welcome to come along , have a chat, and watch what we get up to. Then, if they wish, take part in a free taster session. Here's everything you need to know to have a go and join the SKF (Currently there is no membership fee - yes it's free!):

Getting Started:
Our meetings and events are the best ways to get chatting about kites and ask questions so come along and meet us! The places we fly can be found in the Flying Sites section but we fly at Lodge Moor every Thursday during British Summer Time and have fornightly socials during the winter months. We offer free 30 minute taster sessions (for all ages starting at 6 years old) please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you want to find out when we can fit you in or just pop up to "Splodge" one week. To have a go at Power Kiting you will need to be free of any injuries, bring along a helmet (a cycle helmet will do and we have some spares if you forget), and wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty (especially in winter) with strong shoes.


Important Info:

Anyone attending one of our sessions is responsible for their own safety and attends entirely at their own risk. Please read our safety guidelines. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. NEVER launch another persons kite without first asking the permission of the owner!

Join Our Forum:

Before or after you have a go at kiting please register on our forum. It's a great place to ask questions or ask for advice and gives you the chance to meet us all and know who to look for when you meet up with us.