Enjoyable and safe comps

We want everyone to have a fantastic day when they take part in a ClimbScotland competition and to help things run safely and smoothly, we ask all competition participants, parents and volunteers to understand and agree to the following:

1. Our Participation Statement

“Mountaineering Scotland recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

2. Our Event Code of Conduct

Participants must conduct themselves responsibly for their own safety and the safety of all other people participating in the activity. This code is brought to the attention of all those participating in the event, including climbing wall staff, route setters, judges, volunteers, parents and children:

All participants should:

  • Make the event fun, enjoyable and promote fair play.
  • Be respectful of the rights of others on the meet and treat everyone with fairness.
  • Not possess, distribute or consume alcohol or illegal or performance enhancing drugs, or smoke whilst participating in the event.
  • Not engage in inappropriate sexual behaviour
  • Not use offensive or abusive language.
  • Not be involved with or tolerate discrimination or bullying.
  • Be responsible for caring for personal equipment and clothing and take care of property belonging to others on the event.
  • Take responsibility for one’s own actions and take account of what those actions may mean to others on the meet.
  • Be aware, through personal observation, conversation with, or other contact from a child or a third party, that concerns about a child (a disclosure) may become evident during an event.
  • Understand that in such circumstances you should firstly refer to the flowchart “Responding to Concerns about a Child” which is in the appendix to this Code and then contact the Mountaineering Scotland Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer (CWPO), David Gibson on 07845 919150 or by email. Note that this contact is for safeguarding or child protection queries only.
  • Report all other breaches of this Code as soon as possible to the Competitions Coordinator (competitions); Lead Coach (Academies) or senior Mountaineering Scotland/ClimbScotland staff member (other events).

Youth participants should:

  • Cooperate fully, respecting all reasonable requests and decisions made by Competition Coordinators and / or other organising adults with designated responsibilities.
  • Not behave in a manner which endangers yourself or others.

Adult volunteers should:

  • Cooperate fully, respecting all reasonable requests and decisions made by organising adults with designated responsibilities.
  • Endeavour to ensure, as far as is reasonable, the safety and wellbeing of myself and others on the meet at all times.
  • Read and understand the best practice guidelines and procedures set out in the MCofS Child Protection Policy.
  • Respect the rights of young people on the meet by responding to their concerns and individual needs appropriately and promoting their welfare.
  • Encourage children on the event to learn and understand the ethics of the sport.

Parents should:

  • Cooperate fully, publicly respecting all reasonable requests and decisions made by organising adults with designated responsibilities.
  • Take full responsibility for the behaviour of your own children, and any other children for whom you are responsible, on the event.
  • Take an active interest in the activity of children and support their involvement and help them enjoy their participation.
  • Not force your child to participate if they do not wish to.
  • Not punish or belittle any child for performing badly.
  • If you (or your child) has a complaint, bring it to the attention of the Competition Coordinator in the appropriate manner by discussing the issue in private.


The ClimbScotland Competition Coordinator reserves the right to ask participants to leave the event if their conduct is felt to be in breach of this Code. If you have any questions about the above code of conduct, please get in touch via info@climbscotland.net

3. Photography

If you wish to take photographs at one of our events, please be aware of the folowing:

  • At ClimbScotland events involving children - unauthorised photography is not permitted.
  • People wishing to take photographs need to register at the desk and display a Registered Photographer sticker.
  • If posting photographs of the event online do not name climbers without their express permission.


The ClimbScotland team will be actively taking photo's and videos during events. This will be used to promote the sport and our activity as an organisation to a wider audience to encourage participation. In attending our events, you are aggree to your image being used for these purposes. If you have any questions or concerns regarding photopgraphy, then please contact us via info@climbscotland.net

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