Coaching Symposium underway

Posted by Jonathan Garside on 24/03/2012
Credit: Jon Garside

The BMC Coaching Symposium is underway at Calshot Activities Centre this weekend.

Sixty five climbing coaches have come to the South coast from afar as South Devon, North Wales and Scotland for two days of coach education.

Saturday kicked off with Neil Gresham charting how the climbing and coaching scene have developed over the last twenty years.  Amusing anecdotes of climbers adopting year-long carrot diets or dead hanging crimps for an eternity were interspersed with how the climbing community’s perception and acceptance of coaching has radically changed in a relatively short period of time.

A series of practical workshops were then delivered by GB Team Manager Ian Dunn, PyB coach Adam Harmer and BMC National Academy coach Simon Rawlinson.  The theme for the symposium is coaching in performance clubs and each presenter looked at different aspects of this topic.

Ian covered principles of periodised training plans and different types of physical training. The delegates were sent through various drills, and certainly got a good work out! 

Simon talked about setting routes for children, including often overlooked issues such as how differently designed holds can place different pressures on finger joints.

Adam got delegates to think about what they are actually looking ‘at’ and where to look from when coaching climbing.

The first day finished with Mountain Leader Training UK Technical Officer Steve Long outlining current progress with MLT's coaching scheme and plans for a future performance coaching award.  Steve’s talk created some very useful feedback to feed into future developments.

Everyone then put the day’s knowledge to the test with an evening’s climb on Calshot’s climbing wall.



« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 563 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

Free child protection training in Manchester
5
Free child protection training in Manchester

There will be a BMC Safeguarding and Protecting Children training workshop from 6pm-9pm on Friday 15 February at Manchester Climbing Centre.
Read more »

New Indoor Climbing Assistant qualification from Mountain Training
1
New Indoor Climbing Assistant qualification from Mountain Training

Not ready to be an instructor, but love getting involved with running climbing sessions? Well you're in luck! A new climbing qualification has just been launched by Mountain Training, the Indoor Climbing Assistant.
Read more »

How to become a Bouldering Coach: 10 tips from Mountain Training
1
How to become a Bouldering Coach: 10 tips from Mountain Training

Do you love bouldering? Love teaching others? And love watching the progression of new climbers from beginner to advanced and beyond? Then you should think about doing a coaching qualification with Mountain Training. Here’s 10 things you’ll need to become a Bouldering Coach.
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
1
Anonymous User
26/09/2014
Awsome ! Wish i was there

RELATED ARTICLES

Free child protection training in Manchester
5

There will be a BMC Safeguarding and Protecting Children training workshop from 6pm-9pm on Friday 15 February at Manchester Climbing Centre.
Read more »

New Indoor Climbing Assistant qualification from Mountain Training
1

Not ready to be an instructor, but love getting involved with running climbing sessions? Well you're in luck! A new climbing qualification has just been launched by Mountain Training, the Indoor Climbing Assistant.
Read more »

How to become a Bouldering Coach: 10 tips from Mountain Training
1

Do you love bouldering? Love teaching others? And love watching the progression of new climbers from beginner to advanced and beyond? Then you should think about doing a coaching qualification with Mountain Training. Here’s 10 things you’ll need to become a Bouldering Coach.
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »