Coach Award Scheme

The Coach Award Scheme, run by Mountain Training is the UK's national coach award scheme.  It sits alongside the existing more safety related qualifications such as Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) and Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI).

I am a course provider and assessor for the Foundation and Development Awards  The courses will develop your 'coaching' skills including observation, feedback, understanding the principles of skill acquisition and more!

I am also a provider for the BMC FUNdamentals courses, which also count towards this scheme. To find out and book onto those courses click here.



Role of a Foundation coach:

  • To be comfortable delivering the FUNdamentals 1 skills & techniques

  • Good clear demonstrations & explanations

  • To design & deliver a single session to a group

Course content:

  • Basic observation skills including systematic approach for the body and technique

  • Demonstration & explanations - what to do when and doing the best of each

  • Feedback, summary, questioning

  • Designing learning objectives

  • Planning sessions with good progression & group management


Role of a Development coach:

  • To be comfortable delivering the FUNdamentals 2 techniques

  • To have basic training knowledge

  • To design sessions with progression over a longer period of time

Course content:

  • Analytical observation skills with use of video of the body and wider tactical, physical & psychological aspects

  • Detailed & focussed questioning & listening to establish coaching needs & session understanding

  • Quality feedback: inc verbal & intrinsic

  • Structure of practice: from drills to random practice

  • Designing sessions that meet technical, tactical, physical & psychological needs

  • Planning over a 2-3 month period

  • Creating supportive, motivating & inclusive coaching environments


Foundation: £85 per person

  • 5th Setember 2019 Foundry Sheffield

Development Coach: £145 per person

  • 22/23rd August 2019 Stronghold London

I will add more dates & venues in time

“The very best I have attended, very professional”

Ian, BMC FUNdamentals 2 Course, Nottingham