An organisation for former Athelings, called "The Athelings Association", was formed following a proposal from Colin Grafton, the 1997 Commandant. This was approved by both the Overseas Matches Committee and the CCRS Trustees, and came into being in 1998.
Letters inviting over 800 known former Athelings were issued, to which over 350 replied positively, and all new Athelings teams since 1997 have joined automatically (the Life Membership fee is now included in the trip fees.)
At the start of 2010 the membership stood at 455 Life Members. The most senior Association members went to Canada with the 1951 Athelings team.
The aim of the Association is to provide a means for ex-cadets who had shared the extraordinary experience of the trip to Canada to keep in touch (through twice-yearly Bulletins, an annual shooting competition, and a social function during the NRA Imperial Meeting at Bisley each summer). It also has the secondary strategic aim of being a group which CCRS could call on for help and support if ever the funding for future Athelings trips should be threatened.
Athelings Association Trophy
The Association sponsors an "aggregate" match for young cadet shots in the Imperial Meeting each year. This is designed to encourage and identify young cadet shots who may be worthy of attention from the Athelings Selectors in future years.