RULE 7.14 A) CHANGE: Observation – due to resource limitations we are no longer able to offer video demonstrations on-line and there is not enough time in the schedule to offer live demos.

SPEED – We reserve the right to combine categories if there are too few entrants to make a viable competition.

The Scottish Youth Climbing Championships are ClimbScotland’s National Level event for 9 to 19 year olds to test their skills in both top rope/lead climbing (SYCC) and speed climbing (SYSC) at UK and Ireland standard.

The competition is an ‘open’ event and the SYCC is a round of the 4 Nation Nations Series in partnership with BMC and Mountaineering Ireland. This is a great way to experience high standard competition and meet young climbers from across the UK and Ireland.

As a national competition, the SYCC climbs are of a higher standard than found in the ClimbScotland Youth Climbing Series (YCS) or the ClimbScotland FUN Roped & Boulder Comps. It is aimed at young climbers who wish to compete at this higher level and those who are trying for selection to the Scottish Development and National Squads.

As this is the Scottish Championship, ClimbScotland will recognise as Scottish Champions those competitors’ resident in Scotland in each category who rank 1st amongst the Scottish competitors, regardless of their overall rank. The winners in each category of the competition on the day will be recognised as the winners of the Scottish Round of the All Nations Series.

As the final round in the All Nations Series we will also be announcing the winners of the overall series winners for each category at this competition.

PLEASE NOTE – the English and Welsh rounds for 2024 have been cancelled. The Scottish and Irish events will proceed as planned, and participation in BOTH will result in an overall series ranking for the All Nations Series. For more information please visit GB Climbing and Mountaineering Ireland.

The SYCC prizes are supported by CragSwag.


This year’s event will take place on 1 June 2024 at EICA Ratho.

2024 SYCC & SYSC information for competitors

The SYCC & SYSC is a one day event, with both competitions running alongside each other.

Spectators are welcome at the competition to help cheer on all the competitors.

Volunteers needed!

Adult volunteers are vital to ensure the youth competitions happen, we are looking for people to help out in the following roles:

  • Category Judge
  • Top-rope Belayer
  • Lead belayer
  • Speed – Timekeepers
  • Speed – Belayers

You can register as a volunteer when booking places for competitors or via the form HERE.

Find out more about the roles of competition volunteers on our Volunteer page.

How to enter

Booking Deadline: Friday 17 May 2024 at 14:00


Membership statusSYCC (Lead/Top Rope)SYSC (Speed)SYCC & SYSC Combined
Existing National Governing Body members (ClimbScotland Gold (youth) / Mountaineering Scotland (youth) / BMC / MI)£40£20£50
Existing National Governing Body members (Concessions*)£30£15£37.50
Non Governing Body Members will need to pay the NGB membership price on top of the above. Please first join the NGB where you live before booking onto the competition.

*Concession price: This is applicable to climbers with parents or carers in receipt of Income Support or Family Tax Credits. Evidence must be provided in support of this. Please contact the Mountaineering Scotland office regarding this prior to booking.

Please note: You need to log in using your child’s membership profile to book their place. If you do not know or remember your child’s log-in details, contact us on  

SYCC roped format and categories

The SYCC comprises a qualifier round and a final. The qualifier will consist of two routes for each category, with competitors having one attempt at each route. There is no isolation in the qualifier, which means competitors will be able to watch each other climb. The top climbers from the qualifier in each age category will go to a final in isolation.

All those in Youth D will top-rope, and all other categories (Youth C, B, A & Junior) will lead climb.

What category am I in for the SYCC?

There are five (5) age categories which are based on your year of birth as follows: 

SYSC speed format and categories

The SYSC comprises a qualifier round in one stage and a final of between one and three elimination stages. Competitors will have two attempts in the qualifier round to record a time. The fastest times go through to the subsequent head-to-head stages.

What category am I in for the SYSC?

There are five age categories which are based on your year of birth. The younger age category (Youth D) competes on a mini-speed wall, designed specifically with younger (smaller) climbers in mind. The mini speed wall is brilliant, fun, and fast! The older age categories (Youth C, B, A and Junior) compete on the IFSC 15m speed wall.

  • Junior – Born between 2005 and 2006 – IFSC 15m speed wall
  • Youth A – Born between 2007 and 2008 – IFSC 15m speed wall
  • Youth B – Born between 2009 and 2010 – IFSC 15m speed wall
  • Youth C – Born between 2011 and 2012 – IFSC 15m Speed Wall
  • Youth D – Born between 2013 and 2014 – Mini speed wall

NB: The Jury President reserves the right to combine categories if there are not enough competitors in any single category.

Rules and other information

If you have any questions regarding booking your place, please get in touch with us on 01738 493942 or if you have any questions about the competition, please email us at 

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