Calling all Schools and Youth Groups...

The Scottish Schools' competition is Scotland's entry-level climbing competition aimed at schools, youth groups and individual entry. The self-scoring format and our on-line registration of scores make it so easy to have a go...

Scottish Schools Climbing Competition is supported by:
St Aloysius' College
Glasgow Climbing Centre
Entre-prises Climbing Walls

This years competition starts on 9 September 2017

This grass-roots competition is a great way for you to have a go at competition climbing, perhaps for the first time ever, and compete against your freinds in your school year group and others across the country! And it's not just about schools: children can enter on their own, for their school or any other youth group they are are part of.

So if you want to compete on behalf of your scout or guides group, cadet group or even your Duke of Edinburgh group, ask your group leader to get a team together.

Since it was started in 2010 by Glasgow Climbing Centre (GCC) and supported by St Aloysius College, the SSCC has grown in popularity every year. As a result, it is now a ‘national’ event, which has led GCC to pass on the running of the competition to our ClimbScotland team.

The SSCC has a simple format with a free-to-enter drop-in qualifying round at host walls across Scotland. The age categories you will be competing in are the school year you are in, no matter whether you are competing for your school or your youth group. The competition is open to any young climber attending school in Scotland from primary school (P4) to Secondary School (S6) which covers the same age range as our ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series.

NEW for the 2017 competition: both primary school and secondary school age competitors will have a grand final.

How it works

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying rounds for both primary and secondary school categories will be held between Saturday 9 September 2017 and Sunday 29 October 2017.

Simply pick up a score sheet at your local hosting wall (see the list below) during this period and get your climbing parent, teacher, group leader or the climbing wall instructor to support you as a belayer and allocated scoring judge. You have six weeks to do the routes at your leisure (BUT BE AWARE: don't try them before you want to gain a valid score!). You can try all the routes in one visit or complete the climbs over a couple of sessions. You are allowed three attempts at each climb. Once you have completed all four routes, your self-score can be registered on-line by your allocated judge (parent, teacher, youth group leader or instructor).

All online scores must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Primary Competition

The primary competition is split into two categories and is bottom rope only:

  • P4-P5
  • P6-P7

There will be a final for the primary school competition.

Secondary Competition

The secondary competition will be split into three categories and each competitor will choose between bottom rope and lead:

  • S1-S2
  • S3-S4
  • S5-S6

There will be separate finals for bottom rope and lead categories.

Where are the qualifying rounds?

To make the competition as inclusive as possible, you can enter the SSCC at the following locations across Scotland:

Please contact your local host wall before taking groups along.

The Grand Final

The top five qualifiers from each category will be invited to the Final on Saturday 18 November 2017. This year, the Scottish Final will be held at Glasgow Climbing Centre.

How much does it cost?

Entry to the qualiying competition is free. However you may have to pay entry to the climbing wall, or for the use of an instructor at the climbing wall. Please contact your local host wall to find out more. If selected for the Grand Final there is a small entry fee and you will be invited to register through the Mountaineering Scotland Member's Portal.

How to enter the SSCC

Simply gain a paper scorecard from the climbing centre you are using. Alternatively you can download a pdf copy from below. You should use the paper scorecard to keep a record of your scores and attempts. Keep it safe in case of Appeals. All competitors need to record their results via our online Google Form. See below for more information about scoring.


All scores must be registered online by midnight on the Wednesday 1 November 2017. You will not be able to record scores after this time, and any scores not entered will not be accepted.

Recording Your Individual Score

  • The scoresheet is your responsibility. You should not leave it at the climbing centre nor should you send it to ClimbScotland.
  • When you have finished your attempts you must record your scores using this google form.
  • Please retain your scoresheet after recording your score online. It may be required if any queries arise about your score.
  • There are three sections to the form:
    Section one asks for information about the climber
    Section two asks for information about the climber’s school
    Section three is for inputting your score
  • You must check the accuracy of any information supplied as any errors may invalidate your entry.
  • Please be aware that the email address you supply will be used to invite any category winners to the Grand Final, where applicable. Please ensure this is a valid, monitored email address.

Recording Scores if you are a Teacher / instructor / youth leader or Coach

  • If you are a teacher, coach or other person who is responsible for the scores for several kids, you will have to input the score for each of your climbers.
  • If your climbers attend different schools, you will have to complete a separate form for every climber, using this google form.
  • If however, your climbers attend the same school, you can save the amount of information you have to input every time by applying for a code number using this google form. You can then use this code to save entering the school details every time. You should still use this google form for recording the scores, but in section one where it asks “Do you have a code for entering multiple scores?” you can select the option “yes” and input your code.
  • Please note: Codes are sent out manually and may take up to 24 hours to send out.
  • After entering all of your competitors scores, please retain the paper scoresheets as these may be required if there are any queries with any of the scores.
  • You must check the accuracy of any information supplied as any errors may invalidate your entries.
  • Please be aware that the email address you supply will be used to invite any category winners to the Grand Final, where applicable. Please ensure this is a valid, monitored email address.

Want to know more?

For more detailed information about the SSCC, check out the following documents or contact us at

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