News 2017

Title:  Climbing Development Squad - Applications Open
Date:  14/07/2017

Applications are now open for the Mountaineering Ireland – Climbing Development Squad.

The Climbing Development Squad was previously known as the Talent Development Squad, which was in place since 2013.

The Climbing Development Squad is suitable for young climbers who are keen to improve their climbing performance and who regularly compete in climbing competitions.

The aim of the Climbing Development Squad is to increase the performance standard of young climbers so that there is an increased representation and performance:

  1. At international climbing competitions;
  2. In trad climbing, sport climbing and bouldering.

The Climbing Development Squad is underpinned by three main philosophies, these are:

  1. Long Term Development – facilitation of lifelong active involvement in climbing;
  2. Climber Centred – coaching will centre on the goals and needs of each climber;
  3. Whole Person Approach – support personal development and consider lifestyle demands.

The Climbing Development Squad aims to develop in each member three key elements of climbing performance, these are:

  1. Mental;
  2. Technical;
  3. Physical.

The Climbing Development Squad will provide support to selected young climbers in four main ways:

  1. Coaching at training sessions;
  2. Provision of feedback;
  3. Provision of training direction;
  4. Coaching at development camps.

Training sessions will take place in two blocks across the following dates:

Block One – Autumn/Winter

  1. 17th September 2017;
  2. 15th October 2017;
  3. 3rd December 2017; 

Block Two – Winter/Spring

  1. 28th January 2017;
  2. 4th March 2017;
  3. 14th April 2017. 

Training sessions are delivered by experienced coaches at a 4:1 ratio. Payment of €110 per block of training sessions is made in advance.

Week long development camps take place in Fontainebleau, France at Halloween and Easter. Each camp will facilitate up to ten squad members. Each camp will cost approximately €550 per participant.

Young climbers are invited to join the Climbing Development Squad by applying via the online application form. The online application closes at 22:00 Wednesday 23rd August.

The online application is available directly at the bottom of this news item and via the following link: Climbing Development Squad Application Form.

  • Applicants must be members of Mountaineering Ireland.
  • Applicants must be born in 2001 to 2008 (inclusive). 

Young climbers are selected to join the Climbing Development Squad based on the following criteria:

  1. Desire to improve - Desire to improve personal climbing performance;
  2. Work ethic - Willingness to put in the work needed to improve;
  3. Coachability - Response to coaching and critical feedback;
  4. Team cohesion Relationship with other squad members;
  5. Personal progression Progress in personal climbing performance;
  6. Competition performance Results from relevant competitions;
  7. Non-competition performance Details of non-competition performances;
  8. Relative age Age relative to others in the competition category;
  9. Developmental age Consideration for early and late developers;
  10. Parental support - Communication with Mountaineering Ireland staff;
  11. Parental support - Facilitate attendance and preparedness for training sessions;
  12. Parental support - Assist with training sessions and competitions when needed.

All applicants will be contacted on or before Friday 1st September. Successful applicants are expected to:

  1. Attend all training sessions;
  2. Act on feedback provided by coaches;
  3. Act on training advice given by coaches;
  4. Maintain a training diary;
  5. Compete in relevant climbing competitions.

Squad members not meeting these expectations will have their squad membership revoked.

The Climbing Development Squad application form can be filled in and submitted directly here.

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