GB Climbing Coaches Convention 2022

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Following the great success of Climbing’s debut at the Tokyo Olympics and recent developments within the GB Climbing Coach Development Strategy, we are pleased to announce the first annual GB Climbing Coaches Conference.

๐Ÿ“… When: Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2022
๐Ÿ“Œ Where from: Last Dance of the Sun, Leeds
๐Ÿ’ฐ Price: Early Bird ยฃ159.00 (Available until April 17th)
๐Ÿ’ฐ Price: Full Price ยฃ259.00 (Available 18th – 21st April)

Who is the conference for?

Do you actively train within the UK indoor climbing community and support athletes across the UK climbing journey from grassroots and regional talent to performance and high performance?

Do you place the health, well-being and welfare of athletes at the heart of your coaching, develop coaching practices and programs that support athletes as individuals, and create psychologically safe environments in which athletes can achieve their potential?

Are you hardworking, passionate about climbing and committed to your own long-term development into a highly skilled coach, excited to be part of a community of like-minded individuals exploring the potential of our coaching landscape and aspire to be part of the journey, to establish Britain as the world’s leading climbing nation by 2032?

Then the GB Climbing Coaches Conference is just right for you!

conference destinations

๐Ÿ’ก Inspire coaches through engaging and engaging keynote speakers and breakout sessions, provide an understanding of how they can be applied to develop and improve your coaching practice, and the meaningful impact they can have on athlete support, development and performance.

๐Ÿ’ช Help develop a great coaching workforce equipped with the skills to take ownership of their coaching journey and drive a holistic and athlete-centric approach to coaching.

โœ๏ธ Provide an opportunity to learn more about the evolving GB Climbing Coach Development Strategy & Coach Development offering, ask questions, share thoughts and be part of its growth. Get an idea of โ€‹โ€‹the direction the journey will take over the next 3-5 years, how you can join us on this journey and what impact this will have on the coaching community.

๐Ÿž๏ธ Create a space for a hyper-connected coaching community to explore the coaching landscape and learn together and answer the question; What does good coaching look like?

How will the conference work?

Join climbing coaches over two days at the GB Climbing Coaches Conference as we explore the coaching landscape together.

After the opening welcome and keynote, the conference follows a vortex concept as you join one of 6 groups centered around breakout sessions; Explore each topic, collaborate to generate questions and talking points, and understand the application to your coaching practice, before convening for keynotes and facilitated “listening” sessions to explore emerging issues.

The conference will cover key themes from each of the 6 elements of GB Climbing’s new Coach Development Framework, which aims to support a holistic and athlete-centred coaching practice.

What’s on at the conference?

๐Ÿ’ญ Keynotes – Friday, April 22nd

๐Ÿ‘‹ Open & Welcome

Introduction and welcome to the first GB Climbing Coaches Conference, including reflections on Climbing’s debut in Tokyo by Paul Davies (BMC CEO) and Lorraine Brown (GB Climbing Head of Performance).


๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Development of GB climbing trainers; The 2022 Travel Direction & Introduction to the Coach Development Framework v1.0

An opportunity to read the headlines of GB Climbing’s Coach Development Strategy and understand the direction of travel as we begin to explore what it means for GB Climbing Coaches to be the leading climbing nation in the world. Offer your perspective as we set the stage for the conference with the launch of the GB Climbing Coach Development Framework. Led by Tim Cunnington (GB Climbing Coach Development Manager).

๐Ÿ‘‚ Expert Listening/Facilitated Conversation

On Friday we will be greeted by Dr. Joined Bob Muir from Leeds Beckett University to engage in conversations on the emerging issues and questions of the day.

๐Ÿ‚ Athlete-Coach Transitions (evening talk)

For our evening talk, we’ll venture outside of climbing to hear from a special guest to hear how the insights gained from competing as elite athletes have fueled their transition to high-performance coaching.

๐Ÿ’ญ Keynotes โ€“ Saturday April 23rd

๐Ÿ… Performance issues before performance standards

We start Saturday with a keynote from Tom Greenall (GB Climbing Head Coach) and Emma Bird (GB Climbing Performance Analyst) exploring the importance of performance issues in the search for key performance standards and how they help raise the bar.

๐Ÿ”ฎ Pathway Futurology

Lucinda Whittaker (GB Climbing Pathways Manager) and Lorraine Brown (GB Climbing Head of Performance) share some insights into how GB Climbing athletes’ climbing paths could evolve over the remainder of the Paris Cycle.

๐Ÿ‘‚ Expert Listening/Facilitated Conversation

We’ll pick up where we started on Friday with another moderated conversation about the emerging issues and questions of the day.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Panel discussion, questions and answers

We’ll close the conference with reflections on both days from the speakers’ perspectives, offer the opportunity to clarify final questions and look forward to what’s to come in 2022 as we approach the 2023 Coaches’ Conference.

๐Ÿ’ช Break Out Sessions (both days)

๐ŸŒ learning environment

It’s easy to think of the holds on the wall, but what else goes into creating a learning environment that supports athletes to succeed both as individuals and as competitive climbers? Dive deeper with Emma Wood, Trainee Sports Psychologist.

๐Ÿง— Volume experience

Grab your shoes and chalk bag, it’s time to grab some comp style blocks! The perfect opportunity to play around with your coaching skills while coaching each other on the competition wall. Discuss how you might adapt your coaching practice to different limitations.

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Arena Skills experience; Appeals skills

Do you know your rule book from your appeal form? Let’s dive into life in the international trainer pit and improve your arena skills.

โ™ป๏ธ What is coach development

Find out more about GB Climbing’s Coach Development offering and how you can get involved in upcoming programs being trialled later this year. Start discussing the importance of your coaching practice and get the opportunity to participate in the evolving coach development strategy. Plan your trip with Tim Cunnington, UK Climbing Coach Development Manager.

๐Ÿ“… Holistic planning processes

Such a big and important subject, but what are the pieces that we really need to know and why do we have them in place?

๐Ÿง  brain warm-up; Linking physical warm-up with neurodynamics

Given the ever-changing complexities and skills that come with competitive climbing, how much do we consider the effects of mind-body connection during warm-up?
What’s included in your ticket?

All tickets incl

โœ”๏ธ Access to the event on both days
โœ”๏ธ Lunch both days (please complete your selection at checkout!)
โœ”๏ธ Access to the evening lecture on Friday, April 22nd (venue TBC)
โœ”๏ธ Access to evening drinks and social
โœ”๏ธ An event pack including trainer conference journal and resource cards

BMC member?

We did things a little differently at this event. Instead of the usual reduced price, we decided to offer even more value and to take you and your coaching journey one step further by giving you post-event access to even more event content and resources. This includes the opportunity to speak to some of our speakers as well as early access to the GB Climbing Coach Development Conversations Group.

Not a BMC member yet?

Visit the BMC to register today.

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GB Climbing is supported by BMC, Mountaineering Scotland and Secur-it. The GB Ice Climbing Team is supported by Montane. Many walls in the UK also support GB Climbing by offering free or subsidized entry.

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