Borders children invited to try off- the-wall activity

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THE Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCS) is looking for Borders parents to turn the tables on their kids and get them to climb the walls instead.

Indoor climbing is becoming increasingly popular among young people, providing a great outlet for energy, feeding a thirst for adventure in a controlled environment and helping children to form links with others in real life, away from the keyboard.

The MCS, governing body for sport climbing in Scotland, is now taking entries for the Youth Climbing Series 2014, a series of fun and friendly competitions for climbers aged between eight and 17, with heats held around the country.

The competitions are open to any young climber and, although competitive, are also fun and a great way to meet other climbers. The top three climbers in each age and gender category make up the MCS regional teams for Scotland North and Scotland South, and will compete with sides from England, Wales and Ireland at the British final in June at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh. The two regional teams will also make up the Scottish Youth Squad for the year and will receive various benefits including coaching.

Scottish heats are: Round 1, February 8, Glasgow Climbing Centre and Inverness Leisure Centre; Round 2, March 1, The Peak, Stirling, and Transition Extreme, Aberdeen; Round 3, March 29, Edinburgh University and The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. Go to www.mcofs.org.uk for more details.