BMC Youth climbing series belay volunteers

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To add an extra element of safety to the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) the BMC would like an experienced sport climber and instructor to offer a 15 minute competition belay workshop to the lead climbing belayers at each of the YCS competitions, preferably someone who lives within an hour of the venue.

As well as delivering the workshop the instructor would oversee the first 2 hours of the competition helping to make sure the volunteers who are belaying on the lead routes are comfortable and offering additional advice if necessary.

The BMC is looking for 20 individuals to cover the following events:

Venues and dates

London & SE (North) north of the M4/Thames
Saturday 26 January: The XC
Saturday 23 March: Westway Climbing

London & SE (South) south of the M4/Thames
Saturday 26 January: High Sports Brighton
Saturday 23 March: White Spider Climbing

Midlands & Peak
Saturday 26 January: The Foundry Climbing Centre
Saturday 23 March: Green Spider Climbing Hereford

North East & Yorkshire
Saturday 26 January: Climb ROF 59
Saturday 23 March: The Big Depot Climbing Centre Leeds

North West & Lakes
Saturday 26 January: Awesome Walls Stockport
Saturday 23 March: Kendal Wall

South West
Saturday 26 January: Quay Climbing Centre
Saturday 23 March: Plymouth Life Centre

Saturday 26 January: Summit Centre - Rock UK
Saturday 23 March: Beacon Climbing Centre


  • Climbing Wall Development Instructor trained or assessed, or Mountaineering Instructor Award trained.
  • Sport climbing background of at least 3 French 6b+s or have experience of at least 3 climbing competitions.
  • Held at least 10 lead falls.
  • One work/climbing related reference.
  • Sharing DLOG with BMC Youth & Equity Officer, showing sport experience.

The BMC will cover expenses for getting to the event, a t-shirt and it offers a good opportunity for consolidation experience towards a Climbing Wall Development Instructor assessment or CPD points.

If you are keen to be one of the 20 individuals please email James McHaffie: