The Scottish Schools Competition is changing into...

The ClimbScotland Fun Competition (CSFC)

Changing the Focus of our competitions

The Scottish Schools competition was first set up by Des Bagshaw at St Aloysius’s College and Rob Watts at Glasgow Climbing Centre in 2010 as a means to attract more young people into climbing by focusing on schools. From 38 competitors from 8 schools it grew last year to 324 competitors from over 100 schools, competing at 13 host walls. ClimbScotland took over the organising and administration of the event in 2015 when the grand final also changed to include the primary school age groups.

Why Change?

We have known for some time that only a few schools recognised that their pupils were taking part, with most competitors doing so through other organisations, particularly their climbing wall club. Hence, we are changing the name to reflect a wider focus on a range of other organisations as well as schools which will include scouts, guides, DofE, wall clubs etc.

This change is being made to coincide with the changes made to the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) (recently advertised and explained here) which we recognise is no longer a grass-roots entry into competitive climbing in Scotland. The YCS is being changed to give competitors an experience that is closer to international style events. This means that we can focus the CSFC more on those young climbers who are just starting out on competitive climbing.

To help separate the different levels of competition available to young climbers we have decided to alter the respective standards of the climbing at each one to reflect the different levels of performance and change the eligibility to compete at each one. This means that the GB Development Squad members are not eligible to take part in the YCS and the top competitors in the YCS (the Scottish Squad) will no longer be eligible to take part in the new CSFC. This new rule will give encouragement to those new to the sport who will now have the prospect of a fair competition.

The Format remains mainly the same

The format of the CSFC will remain the same with a 6 week free qualifying period. The age categories will now be the same as the usual YCS and IFSC categories (year of Birth). There will be both top-rope and lead options (although Youth D and Youth E will only top-rope). The top performers will be invited to a Grand Final where podium positions will be fought. But that’s not all, we will still award the St Aloysius Trophy to the top Youth A boy and Youth A girl and there will be new trophies reflecting the participation and oerformance of clubs, groups and Schools.

2018 Dates:

  • Qualifier Round 10th September – 29th October 2018
  • The Grand Final will be held at Transition Extreme on Saturday 17th November 2018


Qualifying Round Hosting Climbing Walls

  • 3WM Fort William
  • GCC Glasgow
  • Inverness Climbing Wall
  • Avertical World Dundee
  • The Peak Stirling
  • Transition Extreme Aberdeen
  • The Picaquoy Centre Orkney
  • Perth College Climbing Wall
  • The Ice Factor
  • EICA Ratho
  • Gairloch Leisure Centre


Full details of booking and rules


The CSFC 2018 is supported by Entre-Prise and St Aloysius’s College

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