New training scheme to climb the walls

A NEW scheme has been launched to improve coaching on indoors climbing walls such as the one in Jedburgh.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland started its new Mountain Training Coaching Award Scheme last month, to develop the coaching skills of people working in indoor climbing walls, concentrating on what they should teach and how they can coach more effectively, at every level from novice to elite.

Welcoming the new scheme, the Mountaineering Council’s Kevin Howett said: “There was a real need for the development of performance coaching skills in climbing.

“More and more people are coming into climbing through climbing walls, and participation in sport climbing and competitions increasing.

“When 130 children from the age of eight upwards compete in the Scottish Youth Climbing Series, and 170 children attending the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships, you can see a real passion for excellence in our young climbers.

“This scheme will bring the quality of climbing coaching up to speed with other sports that have had bespoke awards for years.”

The new award will dovetail with the existing safety-centred Instructional Awards, but will focus on coaching performance.

The content of the scheme is geared towards climbing as a sport and is designed to develop ‘soft’ coaching skills, as well as give a detailed knowledge of performance movement and technique, required of those working in climbing walls, said Kevin.