Sunday, June 29th, 2014 - Posted by Danie
This weekend saw the Grand Final for the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series at EICA Ratho in Edinburgh!
The Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region. During the competition the kids are required to climb 3 routes and 3 boulder problems – scoring points for the distance that they manage to climb up the route or boulder problem. A maximum of 100 points is available on the routes and 60 on the boulder problems. All routes and boulders are set specifically for the competition and take in to account not only the age of the children that will be climbing them, but also their size and the strengths and weaknesses which are likely at their age.
The top 3 climbers from each category qualify in to the Grand Final so simply earning a place is a truly great achievement and something that all who qualified should be extremely proud of!
We were delighted to have 6 Craggy Youth Team and 1 Development Squad member through to Finals – this represents more places for our Region in the Finals than any other team in the area and is a credit to the support provided by our coaching team.
- Youth A Boys: Reegan Brown
- Youth A Girls: Lucy Bradbury
- Youth C Boys: Miles Graham & James Bateman
- Youth D Boys: Tola Lally (Craggy Youth Squad)
- Youth D Girls: Matilda Collins
- Youth E Boys: Toby Roberts
Having qualified for the event back in the early spring it must have felt like a long time coming for our young climbers… Danie Rushmer (Team Manager), Mark Croxall (Head Coach) and Graeme Harwood (Coach) were also there – providing our young climbers with all the support, advice and encouragement they needed to not only do well but have a great time trying.
After completing the traditional group warm up with all of the other competitors the kids were split in to their age groups and began preparing for their climbs and boulders. With so many competitors (over 300 young climbers from throughout England, Scotland and Ireland!) it is always extremely difficult to keep track of how individuals are doing within their groups so it is a rollercoaster of a day and a great battle of ups and downs, highs and lows… Above all, it’s a learning experience with all of our young competitors coming out of it having learnt a lot.
It was a tough competition for all of them and certainly a step up from the Regional competitions. Having to cope with nerves, an intimidating venue, lots of waiting around between climbs and the pressure of competing at National level I can honestly say that I could not be more proud of our Team members.
Highlight of the day has to be 1st Place for Matilda Collins in Youth D Girls. This follows on from her recent success in Europe where she achieved 7th in the International Youth Colour Festival in Imst, Austria and puts her up there with some of the most exciting young talents currently within the UK climbing scene.
Great congratulations go to all of our climbers:
- Matilda Collins, 1st Place
- Toby Roberts, 4th Place
- Lucy Bradbury, 7th Place
- Reegan Brown, 9th Place
- James Bateman, 14th Place
- Miles Graham, 16th Place
- Tola Lally, 20th Place
In addition to the congratulations to our climbers, I also want to say a HUGE thank you to all the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who provided transport, love and support throughout the whole weekend. Without all of you this really wouldn’t be possible – and most certainly not anywhere near as much fun!
Full results can be viewed here.
More photos can be viewed here.
Sunday, September 29th, 2013 - Posted by Danie
The BMC Regional Academies are a series of workshops to provide additional coaching and support to young climbers in the UK.
Children from all age groups who qualified in to the Youth Climbing Series (YCS) National Final that was held in June of this year have been invited to attend the Academies and represent some of the most talented young climbers in the country. I’m very happy to be one of the coaches on all of the BMC Academies as it’s great to work with such a psyched and able group of kids on an on going basis.
There are 4 Academies taking place in each region and they each look at a different element of climbing. Session plans are devised by Ian Dunn, GB Junior Team Manager and provide a consistent approach to the coaching throughout all of the regions.
Yesterday’s session, held at Mile End in London, was on “Movement” and was focused around creating and developing efficiency whilst climbing which is something that I feel most climbers could benefit from!
The younger climbers – Youth D and E attend during the morning session which is predominantly games-based and has them learning about their climbing without them necessarily realising it. The standard was really impressive and amazing to see such small people cranking hard and improving every step of the way.
The older groups – Youth A, B and C attend in the longer afternoon session and after a group warm up it was soon time to split down in to groups and start working on performance. With a really small ratio – 1 coach to 3 climbers, the Academies offer great value-for-money coaching and constant feedback throughout the 4 hour session. After working on various drills and looking at movement on different angles and styles of holds we finished up with a friendly, fun competition to gauge how effective the day had been. Given how tired all of the climbers were by then it was really pleasing to see them topping out on problems that some of them would certainly not have considered possible at the start of the day!
Would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mile End Climbing Wall for being an excellent host to all of us!! Their facilities are fab and we were made to feel extremely welcome – help was always on hand whenever we needed it.
Can’t wait for the next one in October!
Please feel free to get in touch at email@example.com if you have any feedback regarding the coaching being provided at the Academies. I’ll be happy to either answer any queries or forward to the appropriate person.
Future BMC Academy dates and sessions:
October 26th @ Westway, London: Technical Training – Endurance
November 23rd @ Craggy Island, Guildford: Physical Training – Strength and strength endurance training.
January 18th @ Reading: Technical Training – Technique and route reading