So do I.
I was a flight safety officer in the RAF, then in my previous company, & subsequently in my current job.
The gliding scholarship & flying scholarship (the 30 hrs package - yes, a long time ago!) undoubtedly got me into the RAF as a pilot -> which helped me move into commercial aviation -> & my current employment. I am very grateful for my ATC "flying" background & how it helped me. I am equally in despair at how the gliding situation (& locally with 5AEF) has been detrimental to current cadets being able to achieve the same aim. We have managed one cadet for a flying scholarship, which I am very pleased about; my target was for several more.
Risk is always there, with varying levels. As I see it, the upper echelons are far too risk adverse, & penalising the cadet activity factors. Couple this with poor or non-existent (formal, not via Twit Face or whatever!) communication & guess what, the peasants are revolting!
Similar topic - risk - air rifle shooting - I have had to submit a RAM / Risk assessment for ONE cadet to shoot a competition (they were not available for the main team shoot); That is a significant imbalance of paperwork versus the risk / activity - "repetitive" RAMs (or valid for a set period, say several months) are not permitted. Scout air rifle shooting = one "standard" page (albeit with reference to basic qualifications, etc). Put unreasonable obstacles in the way of a suitable cadet experience, you penalise the staff - & possibly the cadets when the staff decide that the nausea of doing the paperwork is too much.
ACTO35 is just one example, but, I will fight tooth & tail to get cadets flying by whatever means - even if that upsets the higher echelons!