It is with great sadness that the agility world learnt that John Gilbert died yesterday more.
Created By: Roger Wilkin - Tue 14th Nov 2017 @ 12:26 | Last Edited: Tue 14th Nov 2017 @ 13:18

It is with great sadness that the agility world learnt that John Gilbert died yesterday.

John was a major player in steering the growth of agility in this country from the 1970's.  He became an active member in the formation of The Agility Club in 1983 and held the position of editor of The Voice for many years.  He also held a position on the Kennel Club Liaison Committee for many years.

John's wisdom and advice was always given freely to all who had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him and the shape of agility today owes much to the work that he did.

He will be greatly missed and our thoughts go out to his family.

Rest in Peace John


Roger Wilkin

Treasurer, The Agility Club






The Agility Club has been involved in the training of instructors since the early days of the sport and has run a four-day seminar and examination annually since 1992, with successful candidates being awarded Agility Club Accredited Instructor (ACAI) certification and badges. This course is aimed at producing all-round agility instructors, and has been attended by students from many overseas countries as well as enthusiasts from all over the United Kingdom. Thirty places are available each year and these are normally filled well in advance. However short-notice vacancies are sometimes available following late cancellations.


The next seminar is planned for 25th - 28th October 2018 at the Berkshire College of Agriculture (near Maidenhead)

Bookings accepted from January 1st 2018

Price held at 2015 prices - Members £tbc

Non Agility Club Members £tbc
Please contact us for further details:


The Agility Club instituted training for judges in 1985, and has delivered courses and seminars ever since. Our four-day residential course and examination was the ‘gold standard’ in judges training, and was attended by representatives from many other countries during the formative years of the sport. We now run the standard Kennel Club seminar over two days (which is mandatory for all first-time KC judges and new Championship judges) every year. Along with the rules and regulations which can be taken on line at Our course is open to all.

We need a venue for our next seminar, does your club have a suitable venue? There must be a indoor arena large enough to hold a course containing all 3 pieces of contact equipment and 12 weaves.

You must have rubberised kc spec equipment, a suitable room to be used as a classroom and a room to be used for the refreshments/stooge handler waiting area.

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting/attending this judging seminar at

The price is £120 for the two day seminar.

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