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Coaching and route setting for indoor climbing

Every year we endorse a series of coaches and route-setters to support our coaching events and climbing competitions for the year ahead.

The format

In order to deliver a range of ClimbScotland Coaching Academies sessions with young climbers coming through the Youth Climbing Series and other competitions, as well as those Scottish youth climbers selected to the GB Team, we have defined the criteria for five levels of coach which is designed to standardise the content and delivery in our coaching sessions as well as help the coaching pathway for climbers in Scotland. We have also undertaken the same process with the route setting criteria.

What we look for

Mountaineering Scotland will take account of Mountain Training Coaching Award Level 1 and level 2 criteria relevant to the various coaching levels, and without an equivalent National Setters Qualification, shall judge setting competency by a variety of methods outlined below. This will endorse coaches to operate on Mountaineering Scotland youth events in sport, trad (including scrambling) and bouldering climbing (indoor and outdoor) and endorse route-setters to operate on ClimbScotland events at a variety of levels as follows:

Types of Coaches

Head Coach

Lead Coach

Assistant Coach

Aspirant Coach

Types of Setters

Head Setter

Lead Setter

Assistant Setter

Aspirant Setter

Measurable criteria will be based on the following information and will determine what discipline and venues they are able to work within:



Coaching experience

Relevant qualifications: CWA, SPA, MIA, FUNdas and other

Relevant courses: Seminars / in-house training by other employees

Disclosure status and Child Protection Training

Route setter

Full list of setting experience

Relevant qualifications: CWA, SPA and other (e.g. Irata, International setters, etc.)

Relevant courses: in-house safety training by other employees (e.g walls)


We shall also take account of:

Personal assessments from National Setter / National & Elite Coach

CPD Workshops (e.g. Fundamentals of Climbing 1 & 2, Coaching Process Workshops and Physiology Workshops)

Attendance at the Mountaineering Scotland Coaching seminar


Coach & setter training:

Mountaineering Scotland will endeavour to help towards training for aspirant and assistant coaches, whenever possible.

If you are interested in getting involved and being an endorsed coach or instructor for Mountaineering Scotland, then please get in contact with our Sports Development Officer, Kevin Howett.