Martin Chester - Coaching Development Officer MTUKMartin Chester: “World-Class Climbing Coach”  Hidden Talent, Channel 4

As a Level 5 kayak coach, the Coaching Development Officer for Mountain Training, and working towards a Level 5 qualification in coaching and mentoring in the workplace (with the Institute of Leadership and Management) I have been able to help people unlock their potential on the river, the crags, on skis or in the office for over twenty five years.

My coaching philosophy places the participant at the heart of the process, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I may be able to help you.

Latterly, I have spent more time involved in coaching development work: training the coaches of the future, mentoring the talent of the next generation, and developing the schemes and awards to meet an evolving demand. See the numerous projects posted below for more details.

I have presented on coaching in adventure sports at numerous events and conferences, from lectures at the University of Derby, to keynote presentations for Canoe England at their National Coaching Conference. For keynote presentations, lectures, or engaging and interactive seminars, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


Tutor Training for British Cycling

I have extensive experience in the bespoke delivery of coaching workshops and tutor training for specific groups and organisations including: the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, The British Mountain Guides and British Cycling, to name a few. If you have a coaching development project, and need some help from someone who can oversee the development of a scheme without losing sight of the practical issues of delivery and development of staff and resources, please don’t hesitate to contact me. See the consultancy section of this website for more examples and details.

British Mountaineering Council - Coaching Symposium


The annual British Mountaineering Council Coaching Symposium has become one of the most important weekends in the climbing coaching calendar.

This year, the symposium was held at Plas y brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre and The Beacon Climbing Centre. I delivered on numerous sessions throughout the weekend, including:

Mountain Training UK - Coaching Development Officer

In late 2013 I spent a fifty day secondment from Plas y Brenin working with the team from Mountain Training UK to launch the new Coaching Award Scheme in Climbing.

Following on from this success, I have continued to support the work of the team at MTUK as the Coaching Development...Read More »

British Cycling - Tutor Training

British Cycling hold a world class tutor training event every year, which is mandatory CPD for their dynamic team of tutors and coach educators.

With a leading reputation for coach education and coaching scheme development, I was invited to deliver some inspirational sessions to encourage the British Cycling team to think...Read More »

Climbing expert and coach for Hidden Talent on Channel 4

Hidden Talent was an exciting TV project for Silver River Productions. The premise is that many ordinary people may harbour a talent that they are (as yet) unaware of. Our job was to select a potentially talented climber from nearly one thousand members of the public, and to complete a...Read More »