Find out more about Mountain Training's Foundation Coach award.
Who’s it for?
The Foundation Coach Award is for anyone who is interested in becoming more effective in the delivery of the basic skills of climbing, and developing their knowledge of how to coach.
What’s it all about?
We have all been to climbing walls and witnessed frustrated climbers and coaches shouting instructions and struggling to coach effectively. Well this award helps even the most inexperienced coach understand how to deliver the fundamental skills of climbing in a more effective and enjoyable manner.
With the emphasis on helping climbers to learn, the award is appropriate for any coaches, and applicable to groups of any age or ability. Coaches will need a basic knowledge of the technical skills of climbing, and will need to gain accreditation to supervise groups in the climbing wall environment.
Upon completion, the Foundation Coach will be able to clearly deliver and coach the foundation skills of climbing, through the delivery of sessions with clear aims and learning outcomes. This will increase the enjoyment, motivation and impact of these sessions for any climbers.
How does it work?
Register for the scheme*
Hold the Climbing Wall Award or a site-specific climbing wall validation*
Attend a FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop*
Attend a Foundation Coach training course*
Consolidate your learning
Go for assessment
*These four stages can take place in any order, but scheme registration must take place prior to attending the Foundation Coach training course.
Trainee Foundation Coaches normally spend a few months gaining and recording the experience they require, before booking an assessment. These are often run on demand at a local wall, and it takes just a couple of hours to see you run a session to the required standard, and to review your logged experience.
There are training and assessment providers across the country.
Where is it useful?
The scheme is valid for all UK climbing walls, but the principles are easily transferred to the coaching of climbing in any environment. Hence it is useful development for all leaders, instructors and Guides.
Studying how people learn is a fascinating element of our work – and you can become way more effective at delivering courses and sessions with just a little input and practice.
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