Ask any chemist what set them on their chosen career path and they are likely to recall an event, or a personality, in a school chemistry lab. The vital role that chemistry plays in our individual lives and the industrial and ecological life of our planet only becomes apparent later. How can you convey the excitement of chemistry to young people, given the constraints of the curriculum? An effective way of getting pupils personally involved in the fun and magic of chemistry is to start a chemistry club. A chemistry club provides a special, informal time outside the rigid confines of lessons where you can give expression to your own enthusiasm and let your pupils do some real, smelly, wet bench chemistry. You may be surprised how much latent curiosity and ability the club reveals!