Scottish Youth Squad Coaching Academies

Congratulations on making the Scottish Youth Squad this year! This is the page for information about the coaching academies being organised and delivered by ClimbScotland for squad members. Take your climbing to the next level - get fitter, get stronger and train smarter through these coaching events.


Who can attend?

Members of the Scottish Squad (which includes those members selected for the YCS Scotland Team) selected from all the children who take part in the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) competitions, members of the GB Development Squad and any other youth member competing in other international competitions such as the UIAA ice climbing events. The coaching activites are aimed at young climbers from 8 to 18 years.

What's on offer?

The Squad Acaedemies are a series of weekends of more advanced coaching. These weekend events are delivered by experienced Mountaineering Scotland endorsed coaches concentrating on different aspects of climbing. We will look at the four components of sports training (tactical, techncial, physical and psychological) as well as the different disciplines (bouldering and sport climbing). There will be sessions based on competition climbing and general performance and we aim to include a few 'alternative' activites that may not be available through your local climbing wall or club! We will also include motivational talks from some of Scotland’s most successful climbers. One Academy includes an outdoor day but some of the more advanced public RealRock sessions we offer may also be of interest to squad members.


Squad Academies 2020

Academy Dates Venue Aim
Torridon RealRock 11 & 12 April Torridon This is the first in a series of REALrock events throughout the summer. They are open to any young climber but Squad members are invited to attend if they can. On the Torridon event you can book one day or both and there will be coaching movement on some of Scotland's finest blocs. NB: please book these separately
Booking Deadline: 7 April Further details: The REALrock days include 'bouldering progression', learn to lead sport' and 'learn to lead trad'. Full details are on the REALrock page
Academy - Mock Boulder Comp 9 & 10 May Perth College A one day academy looking at scramble format tactics and a mock boulder comp. Youth E and D on 9th, Youth C,B and A on 10th. A full set of competition blocs will be set specifically for this mock competition by our competition setting team. We will also explain to parents how the competition scoring/appeals works which will help when attending further competitions. This will be useful for any squad member attending the SYBC in June
Booking Deadline: 20 March Further details: Parents are required to take part in order to judge the mock competition and judging training will be provided.
& parental information(to follow)
Academy - BIG WEEKEND 20 & 21 June Eden Rock & EICA An opportunity for the entire squad to meet and train together. This will be a coaching-focused event with specialist experts brought in to deliver sessions.
Booking Deeadline: 3 April Further details: There will be sessions for parents in the morning, but they are not required to attend the whole event, unless they wish to be involved.
& parental information(To Follow)
Academy - Performance Analysis 25 & 26 July The Ice Factor This academy will focus on bouldering. On the Saturday the squad will have the opportunity to set boulder problems and undertake video analysis of their ascents. Review and feedback on their performance will be given from the coaches. On Sunday, weather permitting, we will boulder outside, probably in Glen Nevis
Booking Deadline: 8 May Further details: There will be sessions for parents in the morning, but they are not required to attend the whole event, unless they wish to be involved.
& parental information(to Follow)
Academy - Mock Lead Comp 29 & 30 August Perth College A one-day academy looking at national route comp format (such as the SYCC) tactics and a mock route comp. Youth E and D on 29th, Youth C,B and A on 30th.A full set of competition routes will be set specifically for this mock competition by our competition setting team.
Booking Deadline 11 July Further details: Parents are required to take part in order to belay and judge the mock competition, judging and belay training will be provided.

The weekend timetable and parental information (to follow)

What you need to know

  • Please book academies before the booking deadline indicated above as this significantly helps with planning. Booking onto the event will be blocked at the deadline
  • If demand for places excedes 18, we can place you on a waiitng list until numbers increase enough to employ a further coach. Please call the office admin to register your name: 01738 493 942
  • Places on the Torridon RealRock Weekend are limited to 12
  • The Main Coaching weekends are scheduled as 2-day events and can only be booked as a weekend. The number of places is 18
  • The Mock Comp events are 1-day events with different days for different age categories. The number of places is 18
  • Squad members from anywhere in Scotland can attend any of the academies
  • Here is some general information for parents relating to the climbing academies, including our ClimbScotland Events Protocol, Code of Conduct and a kit list:



How much does it cost?

The price for attending the academies is kept as low as possible at:
  • REALrock £35 for each day
  • Mock Comp Academies £35 for one day
  • BIG WEEKEND Academy £110 for the whole weekend
  • Performance Analysis Academy & REALrock £75 for the whole weekend
NB.The cost of the indoor coaching days does not include entry fees to the host climbing wall. However, remember that as a member of the Scottish Youth Squad and Team you are offered discounted, or free, access to many walls. See the Scottish Climbing Walls Support Programme.


Booking your place on the academies

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal. Here's how:

  • Existing members who are first-time users of the portal will need to set up their login via the 'forgotten password' link and follow on-screen instructions
  • If you have a family membership and are a parent booking on behalf of your child, contact us to set up your child's login.
  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email and further information before the start of each academy.



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