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 club or climbing wall! We will also include motivational talks from some of Scotland’s most successful climbers. Several Academies are based in the outdoors offering REALrock bouldering and sport climbing coaching of movement and 'leading' on rock at a more advanced level than the public REALrock events.


Squad Academies 2018

Academy Dates Venue Aim
National Indoor Academy Sunday 25 March EICA Ratho Bringing together the whole squad to offer a base-line of experience
Further details: The weekend and
North Region REALrock 21 & 22 April Torridon Celtic (bouldering) and Moy Rock (sport) To advance your climbing technique on real rock including leading on sport climbs
Further details: see the ClimbScotland Facebook pages for images of the event
South Region REALrock 26 & 27 May Glen Lednock (Bouldering) and Kirriemuir (sport) To advance your climbing technique on real rock including leading
Further details: The weekend itinerary and parental information (to follow)

Kirriemuir Sport
North Region indoor coaching 2 & 3 June Inverness Climbing Wall Parent session about coaching,Parkour coach sessions, training aids, Boulder technique, route reading, talk / mini comp, strength & conditioning, yoga
Further details: The weekend and parental information (to follow)
South Region Indoor Coaching 9 & 10 June Perth College Climbing Wall Parent coaching discussion, judging & belaying, Boulder technique, Parkour sessions, strength training, speaker / mock comp, feedback and climb
Further details: The weekend and parental information
South Region Indoor Coaching 18 & 19 August Eden Rock, Edinburgh Competition training: NEW 2019 YCS FORMAT mock & Isolation training (SYCC mock); safe use of climbing wall training areas; dynamic movement and static balance moves; guest competition speaker.
Further details: The weekend timetable and parental information
North Region Indoor Coaching 1 & 2 September Transition Extreme, Aberdeen Competition training: NEW 2019 YCS FORMAT mock & Isolation training (SYCC mock); safe use of climbing wall training areas; dynamic movement and static balance moves; guest competition speaker.
Further details: The weekend timetable and parental information (to follow)

What you need to know

  • Places are limited on each academy (12 places on the REALrock days and 15 places on the indoor weekends)
  • Individual days can be booked out on the REAlrock weekends
  • The Indoor weekends are scheduled as 2-day events and can only be booked as a weekend
  • Squad members from anywhere in Scotland can attend any of the north or south region academies, although priority is given to those in the respective regions
  • 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 per day or £50 for the weekend
  • Indoor £50 for the weekend
Nb.The cost of the indoor coaching weekend 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 days before the start of each round.
  • Please note the closing date for online booking for the National Academy is eight days before the start.

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