Train smart... get coached

Climbing a couple of times a week with your friends or parents will definitely see your abilities and grades increase. But many climbers find that to gain real improvements, they have to train a bit smarter.

This training can involve using the normal climbing wall routes and boulder problems as a physical training exercise or the performance area of a climbing gym with its circuit boards, system boards and training aids. Along with physical training, we also need to train our technical and tactical skills to improve our climbing performance.

Here are a few ways in which ClimbScotland can help you with your coaching:

Coaching sessions for young climbers within clubs

ClimbScotland organises coaching sessions for young climbers, delivered by expert climbing coaches.

Club coaching: Our Regional Development Officers can deliver tailor-made coaching sessions to our ClimbScotland affiliated clubs. This is a chance to get expert advice and coaching for your club members – these sessions cater for novices to climbing and to those who have been climbing a while but wish to get better!

ClimbScotland Scottish Youth Squad

Youth Squad selection: At the end of the Youth Climbing Series regional rounds each year we take the top scoring young climbers from both north and south regions based on their rankings in the three rounds YCS and they then qualify for the Scottish Youth Squad. The squad comprises more than 70 young climbers from the age of 8 to 17.

Youth Squad Academies All members of the Scottish Youth Squad are then offered the opportunity to attend a series of weekend coaching academies throughout the year to help them increase their climbing performance with workshops in technique, physical training, competition psychology and practice as well as outdoor REALrock climbing. We hold three weekends in North Scotland and three in South Scotland. The Squad academies are organised by ClimbScotland and delivered by our endorsed coaches and coaches from local climbing walls and are offered at cost price to enable as many to attend as possible.

In addition, Scottish-based members of the GB Youth Development Squad (Youth A, B and C) and/or other GB Junior Teams are automaticaly invited to be members of the ClimbScotland Youth Squad and are eligible to participate in the coaching academies. (Please note: as of 2018, members of the GB Youth Development Squad are not eligible to take part in the YCS competition - all categories). Other competitors in other disciplines such as the UIAA ice climbing competitions, are eligible to take part in the YCS and to try for selection of the YCS Team if they have competed in the required number of YCS rounds.

This squad system allows ClimbScotland to target support to climbers from across all areas of Scotland who have shown talent and commitment. The squad will obviously change each year depending on the results of the YCS Rounds.

Scottish Climbing Walls' Support Programme: Every year ClimbScotland organises Scottish climbing walls' support to the squad (both GB and Scottish) and the YCS Team. This year we are pleased to have 13 walls signed up as part of the programme. Full details can be found on the link below.

FUNdamentals of Climbing Workshops - learning the basics

Do you want to coach climbing? The ClimbScotland FUNdamental workshops are aimed at anyone who coaches or leads climbing sessions, indoors or outside.

They will enhance your knowledge whether you are a parent or youth worker or a full-time climbing coach. You can start as young as 14. They are also required modules for anyone interesting in Mountain Training's Coaching Awards.

They are designed and delivered by us in Scotland as one-day workshops:

Coaching Awards - moving on up

If you would like to progress beyond the basics with your climbing coaching, then the best option is Mountain Training UK's Coaching Awards.

There are three levels of award. Each level has a training session, a period gaining experience including attending a series of coaching workshops, and an assessment session.

  • LEVEL 1: Foundation Coach (minimum age to register: 16; minimum age for assessment: 17)
  • LEVEL 2: Development Coach (minimum age to register: 18)
  • LEVEL 3: Performance Coach (to be launched end of 2017)

Scottish Coach Pathway

For young climbers who have a lot of personal climbing experience and are considering becoming a coach, Mountaineering Scotland offers the chance to gain experience through our coach endorsement pathway as an ‘Aspirant Coach’.

You can start as an 'aspirant' as young as 16 years old.

Coaching Symposium

Mountaineering Scotland organises gatherings for coaches to get together, share ideas and look at new coaching methods.

The symposium is open to anyone who is coaching at climbing walls, through school climbing clubs, DofE, scouts and even for those mentoring and instructing within climbing clubs.

The one-day event includes lectures, activities and workshops. There is no lower age limit, although we recommend 16 as a suitable age to gain anything from the day.

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