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Coaching workshops

These workshops are modules required as part of the training pathway for the Climbing Coach Award Scheme which was launched in 2015 by Mountain Training:


Other workshops are in development and will be coming soon.

FUNdamentals coaching workshops in England and Wales are run by the British Mountaineering Council. Visit their website for dates and venues.

Each workshop comprises a 1 day (8 hour) session and run with between 8 and 12 places.

The workshops comprise both theoretical and practical elements as follows:

  • Presentations: introducing basic climbing principles, coaching techniques and the theory behind skill and physical development

  • Practical: demonstrating basic climbing principles of body position and body awareness which all impact upon climbing efficiency. Practicing coaching techniques to help understand these climbing principles

  • Entry fee to the host wall for the day
  • Workshop guidance notes
  • Mountaineering Scotland coach resource pack
  • Coaching from qualified and experienced coaches
  • Certificate of attendance (required for the MT Coach Awards)

  • You should have some climbing experience but we will cater for those who are themselves novices to climbing, but who have personal experience of other sports, and teaching or coaching other sports, and have an interest in coaching climbing
  • The minimum age to attend a workshop varies, starting at 14 years
  • The ‘Workshop Outline’ contains the details of eligibility for each workshop (click on the links from the workshop you wish to attend)

All the coaching workshops are £80pp for Mountaineering Scotland members / £95pp non-members (incudes free Mountaineering Scotland membership for 1 year) / £60pp for host climbing wall staff

Each workshop costs £550.

Mountaineering Scotland will organise individually tailored workshops for staff from organisations, schools and companies. The maximum number of places on these courses is eight, delivered by one coach provider. Bookings and arrangements should be made directly to the Sports Development Officer, Kevin Howett.

Each workshop costs £350.

Mountaineering Scotland offers support to our affiliated junior, youth and student climbing clubs (both Mountaineering Scotland and ClimbScotland clubs) with reduced price workshops. The maximum number of places on the course is eight. NB: only members from an affiliated club can attend that club's workshop. Attendees will have to pay the normal entry fee to the host climbing wall on the day, and are responsible for ensuring they have all the necessary equipment.

Bookings should be made by the club officials directly to Kevin Howett in the first instance (to arrange a date and venue and obtain application forms). The club officials are responsible for gathering the completed application forms from those attending the workshop and emailing them to Mountaineering Scotland at least two weeks prior to the workshop [NB: only those members registered with Mountaineering Scotland as members of the club are eligible to attend].

Student club officials are responsible for arranging a single payment of the workshop fee to Mountaineering Scotland one week prior to the workshop.