Climb better with sports coaching...

Whether you are interested in competition climbing, want to get to that next grade at your climbing wall, or you just want to feel fitter and stronger - ClimbScotland can help enjoy your climbing more through our coaching events.

Who can attend?

All our coaching activites are aimed at young climbers from 8 to 18 years old.

What's on offer?

Partner and club sessions:

The ClimbScotland Team is offering bespoke climbing coaching sessions for ClimbScotland Partner Organisations and Affiliated Clubs. Our Regional Development Officers (RDOs) can deliver day or evening sessions. We offer coaching in movement and technique at for all age groups and we will work with your club officers, teachers and coaches, providing advice on how to get the best from young climbers.

The Scotland Development Squad Academies 2023:

We offer a series of National Academy Weekends of more advanced coaching aimed at members selected to the Scotland Development Squad. Our Squad is selected from the children who take part in the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) competitions.

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). We can also include motivational talks from some of Scotland’s most successful climbers. Some of the Acaedemies are based on outdoor REALrock bouldering and sport climbing at a more advanced level than the public REALrock events.

Scotland Talent Squad Camps 2023:

We will be offering a sereis of camps for those athletes who have been selected to the Scotland Talent Squad through the selection events and direct applications. These will be held in the summer period.

When are they?

Academy Dates Venue Aim Cost
Partner or club sessions By arrangement At the club/partner's local wall Tailor-made sessions for your club. Contact us at Free
Academy - Complex Movement 11th February 2023 TCA Newsroom Glasgow A half day spent with Scott Houston, one of Scotland’s best parkour coaches, looking at parkour style movement. The rest of the day will look at how we can integrate this movement into improving complex movement found within modern comp blocs £35
Academy - FUNdamentals of Climbing 4th March 2023 Eden Rock Edinburgh A day undertaking the Coaching Workshop for squad members who are 14yr+ £35
Academy - Peer to Peer Coaching 5th March 2023 Eden Rock Edinburgh The older members of the squad will help coach the younger members £5 - £35
Academy - Torridon Weekend 1st - 2nd April 2023 Torridon Village A weekend exploring the bouldering in the complex of boulders and walls of Torridon with Calum and Robert £50
Academy - Mock Boulder Comp Youth C+D Day TBC TBC An informal mock competition that will mimic the format of the upcoming Scottish Youth Climbing Championship £40
Academy - Mock Boulder Comp Youth B+A Day TBC TBC An informal mock competition that will mimic the format of the upcoming Scottish Youth Climbing Championship £40
Academy - Mock Route Comp Youth C+D Day 13th May 2023 Perth College, Perth An informal mock competition that will mimic the format of the upcoming Scottish Youth Climbing Championship £40
Academy - Mock Route Comp Youth B+A Day 14th May 2023 Perth College, Perth An informal mock competition that will mimic the format of the upcoming Scottish Youth Climbing Championship £40
Academy - FUNdamentals of Climbing July 2023 TBC TBC A day undertaking the Coaching Workshop for squad members who are 14yr+ £35
Academy - Peer to Peer Coaching July 2023 TBC TBC The older members of the squad will help coach the younger members £5 - £35
Scotland Talent Squad Dates TBC Venues TBC The Scotland Talent Squad will be able to attend a series of camps organised in partnership with GB Climbing £TBC
*Venues will be confirmed as soon as possible, but bookings are live right now.

What you need to know

Complex Movement - 11th February

Modern route and boulder competitions are increasingly using problems involve complex movement to challenge competitors. Think dynamic run and jump problems, slab problems with heel or toe catches and many other problems which test how well climbers can move over complex sequences. There's often not many of these problems at commercial walls, particularly at smaller climbing walls, and even when there is, the movement can be difficult to break down. This academy is aimed at helping climbers break down complex movements into smaller parts and seeing how these movements can be trained off the wall as well as on the wall. We've got a professional parkour coach, who is also an active climber, called Scott Houston to help deliver a parkour session in the morning tailored specifically to climbers. In the afternoon we'll take what we've learned in parkour onto the wall to help break down complex movement problems.

The academy will take place at TCA: Newsroom. The Parkour session led by Scott will be outdoors, so please bring appropriate clothing for being outside in the morning.

Fundamentals 1 Workshop - 4th March

Calum and Robert will deliver a Fundamental 1 coaching workshop to those aged 14+ in the squad. The price will be heavily subsidized to encourage young climbers onto the coaching pathway. It is hoped those who attend the workshop will help deliver some coaching to the younger squad members the following day (with input and supervision from experienced adult coaches).

Peer to peer coaching - 5th March

Older members of the squad will delivery coaching to the younger squad members (with input and supervision from experienced adult coaches). If you have attended the Fundamentals workshop the previous day there is no need to book onto this event but please email to let us know that you're willing to help coach.

Torridon Bouldering - 1st and 2nd April

A weekend outdoor bouldering in one of Scotland's best boulder destinations. Torridon has a range of problems from 4+ all the way to 8A, it's also situated in one of the most scenic glens in Scotland surrounded by the Torridonian giants like Liathach and Beinn Eighe. Early April is often a great time of year for this trip as the weather starts to settle down in spring and midges often havn't come out of hibernation ... yet. There's no fixed structure for the weekend, Calum and Robert know the boulders well so will help pick suitable problems and can offer coaching too.

Accomodation is not provided in the cost of this weekend but there is a Youth Hostel and a campsite in Torridon village along side other options like airbnbs. Parents are expected to drop off kids in the morning and pick them up again in the afternoon, although parents are welcomed to come along too.

Boulder Mock Comp - 15th April Youth C+D / 16th April Youth A+B

A mock boulder competition that will help prepare squad members for the style and difficulty of forthcoming competitions later in the year. When booking please book the category you will compete in.

Route Mock Comp - 13th May Youth C+D / 14th May Youth B+A

A mock route competition that will help prepare squad members for the standards expected at the Scottish Youth Climbing Championships. When booking please book in the category you will compete in.

General Info

How much does it cost?

Our Club and Partner coaching sessions are free. Simply get in touch with our Regional Development Officers at

The price for attending the National Academies is kept as low as possible.

REMEMBER:The cost does not include entry fees to the host climbing wall, but members of the are offered discounted or free access to many walls .

Book your place on the National Academies

Booking will NOW AVAILABLE although some venues are stil to be confirmed.

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal when prompted. 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 Squad Academies is two days before the start.

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