The New Coaching Award Scheme in Climbing

1465400_445547938880134_1046434658_nDirector of Development at Plas y Brenin, Martin Chester, has been instrumental in the development and launch of the all-new Coaching Award Scheme. Working with  a team of nationally recognised experts for Mountain Training alongside the British Mountaineering Council, Martin spent three months completing an award scheme that is already changing perceptions of rock climbing as a sport.

For Mountain Training, the Sport England funding required to develop such a new award scheme, brought a deadline for the launch. This resulted in an injection of expertise and tight project management.

For Plas y Brenin, the very “raison d’etre” is the support and delivery of sporting targets for our key National Governing Bodies. Martin Chester (as a Kayak Coach and Mountain Guide) had been exploring the transfer of coaching skills across sports and disciplines for decades. As an umbrella organisation for the entire outdoor industry, the Plas y Brenin team operate at the pinnacle of coach development and “Training the Trainers” for all our sports. This meant that we were able to offer the management, development and delivery of the project – with an understanding of what a world class coaching scheme would need to include, blended with pragmatic experience of making it fit for purpose for the end user.

The exciting and fast paced secondment, whilst lasting just fifty days, pulled together the expertise from the whole Coaching Delivery team for Mountain Training, and launched a world class scheme – right on time.

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