Competitions for young people

Posted by Nick Colton on 04/02/2019
A young competitor in the European Youth Competition, Ratho. Photo: Alex Messenger.

Find out below what climbing competitions are available for young people:

BMC Youth Climbing Series

Perhaps the most popular competition for young people is the BMC Youth Climbing Series that is run in England and Wales.  This is a fun competition that is open to all within the age categories.  So, whether you're an experienced climber or a beginner, this could be just the competition for you.  There is a series of regional rounds then a Grand Final when the top 3 in each category in each region is invited to compete.  

Anyone else feel like they should do a bit more stretching after seeing this? Photo: Sam Pratt

The series is also run in Scotland and Ireland and, similarly, their top 3 competitors in each category are invited to the same Grand Final as mentioned above. Which means that young competitors from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland get to compete against each other. 

Lead Climbing Competitions

Each year a number of Lead Climbing competitions are organised in England, Wales and Scotland with the British Lead Climbing Championship (BLCCs) taking place in October. Dates for these events are published here.

Photo: Ray Wood

Bouldering Competitions

As with Lead Climbing, a number of Bouldering Competitions are organised each year, including the Junior British Bouldering Championships (JBBCs). Dates for those are also here. Additionally you can also obtain the information via BMC Facebook and BMC Comps Twitter

 

GB National Development Squad

Climbers that do well in the above competitions may find themselves eligible to attend the annual selection event for the GB National Development Squad. To find out more about this please click here

GB National Development Squad member during the development weekend 2019. Photo: Laura Cutress 

National Ranking System

Those who take part in some of the above competitions, especially the Lead and Bouldering competitions, will be included in the BMC National Ranking System.  You can find out more about that here

Other competitions

Many climbing walls run their own competitions that are often open to young people.  To find out more about these competitions and any requirements that are specific to individual walls please contact the climbing walls direct. 

Further information

A Parent's Guide to Climbing


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