Coaching Scheme

The Coaching Scheme is designed to develop the coaching skills of those working in indoor climbing walls, sport climbing and bouldering. Whether you'd like to coach the next climbing superstars, or simply create fun and engaging skills-based sessions, the Coaching Scheme is a great way to improve your climbing coaching skills. The scheme may also be of great interest and value to volunteer and professional leaders, instructors and Guides.

There are three levels in the scheme: Foundation, Development and Performance. Each level is a qualification in its own right and a progression from the previous level. You only need to register once for access to the first two levels (Foundation and Development) and there is a separate registration process for the Performance Coach scheme (more details to follow, the scheme is currently being piloted).

Foundation Coach Development Coach Performance Coach

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Foundation Coach

is designed to enable you to be more effective in coaching the fundamental movement skills of climbing. Foundation Coaches will usually be concerned with the stimulating delivery of a single session to a group of individuals. They will often be assisting a Development Coach who will set the learning outcomes for the session, as part of a longer term progression, course, or scheme.

Development Coach

is ideal if you are an independent autonomous coach who wants to prepare and deliver a structured progression in ‘climber centred coaching’ over a series of coaching sessions. The skills learned during Foundation Coach will be developed to a more sophisticated level, so that your delivery can be matched to the needs of developing climbers within a group. Often working with Foundation Coaches, the Development Coach will take a mentoring role, and lead in the review process to promote reflective coaching practice.

Performance Coach

is aimed at people who work with climbers over a longer period of time and involves structuring annual plans for individuals and/or squads/academies. The content of the syllabus is being developed at the moment.


Coaching Scheme Handbook