Regional Development Squads in England & Wales: Update

Posted by Lucinda Whittaker on 26/03/2021
Zoë Peetermans on lead during the IFSC Youth World Champs Arco 2019. Photo: Sytse van Slooten

We are excited to announce that delivery of the Regional Development Squads in England and Wales will be starting for eligible athletes from April 2021.

Last year the GB National Development Squad selection policy was amended due to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the national competition season. This coupled with the cancellation of the YCS Grand Final meant that the entry point for Youth C & Youth D in 2021 was not possible.

DOWNLOAD: GB National Development Squad selection policy

To ensure that this important stage of the athlete pathway is not affected by the pandemic, a pilot Regional Development Squad system will be delivered for eligible Youth C and Youth D athletes in England and Wales from April 2021. One of the key objectives will be to help prepare athletes for the rescheduled YCS series in 2021 and beyond.

The overall top 4 male and female athletes in Youth C and Youth D from each region, who took part in the regional 2020 YCS rounds are invited to engage with the Regional Development Squad program in 2021.

FAQ - What if I've moved age categories?

Answer - If a Youth C or D athlete finished in the top 4 in the YCS 2020 and has moved into Youth B or C respectively, they are eligible to join the program.

There are 128 athletes invited in total, 16 from each region.

  • Top 4 Male Youth C YCS Regional overall result 2020
  • Top 4 Female Youth C YCS Regional overall result 2020
  • Top 4 Male Youth D YCS Regional overall result 2020
  • Top 4 Female Youth D YCS Regional overall result 2020

To confirm eligibility: YCS 2020 Overall Results for England & Wales

Due to the continuing uncertainly of COVID-19 restrictions in 2021 support will begin with online group sessions in April. Once restrictions lift and access to climbing walls is allowed, regional small group coaching will be led by the GB Climbing National Development Squad coaching team from May* 2021.

[* Provisional start date - Regional small group coaching delivery will be dependent on the successful completion of each stage of the UK government road map and will move accordingly.]

Mountaineering Scotland and Mountaineering Ireland will continue to operate their talent development pathways in line with COVID-19 related restrictions and guidance. GB Climbing will provide support to relevant athletes.

To register: Regional Development Squads in England & Wales Registration

Total cost of the Regional Development Squad program will be £170.00, all athletes will need to be members of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

The Regional Development Squad program will consist of 4 x 60 minute online coaching sessions and 4 x 3 hour regional small group coaching sessions. Please see provisional start dates below:

Online Coaching Sessions:

W/B 12th April 2021 – Role Models & Goal Setting Confirmed - Friday 16th April 6-7pm

W/B 19th April 2021 – Functional Movement Fun!

W/B 26th April 2021 – Competition Corner (Lead & Boulder)

W/B 3rd May 2021 – Climbing Quiz Night – Region vs Region head to head!

Online coaching sessions will be delivered by Go To Meeting. Further details to follow after registration and payment.

Regional Small Group Coaching Sessions

Saturday 8th May - TBC

Saturday 22nd May - TBC

Saturday 19th June - TBC

Saturday 3rd July – TBC

Regional small group coaching sessions will be delivered by 2 GB Climbing National Development Squad Coaches. Youth D athletes in the morning session, Youth C athletes in the afternoon session. Further details to follow after registration and payment.

BOOK NOW: Regional Development Squads in England & Wales Registration

Total cost of the Regional Development Squad program will be £170.00, all athletes will need to be members of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

For any queries please contact Lucinda@thebmc.co.uk


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