Talent Development

 
Mountaineering Ireland aims to deliver a talent development pathway to identify and support talented young climbers. 

Talent Development Pathway

Many young climbers active with youth organisations such as Scouting, schools with climbing walls and climbing wall classes. For some of these climbers the lure of the sport will draw them on in pursuit of higher performances. For these young climbers Mountaineering Ireland Youth Climbing Clubs and Mountaineering Ireland Open Coaching provide the opportunity to develop their climbing skills.
 
Youth climbing competitions such as the Youth Climbing Series provide young climbers an excellent opportunity to test and showcase their skills. Other young climbers will demonstrate their potential by climbing to a high level on rock or indoors in a non-competitive setting. 
 
When these young climbers with the potential to perform to a high level are identified they are invited to join the Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Squad.
 

Talent Development Squad

The Talent Development Squad serves to provide selected young climbers with a high-performance training environment in which to develop their climbing ability. 
The Talent Development Squad caters for young climbers from about eight to eighteen years of age. 

Selection Criteria for Talent Development Squad 

The current selection criteria for the Talent Development Squad is set out below.
 
 
Membership of the Talent Development Squad is reviewed three times per year; in April, August and December.
Parents and coaches of young climbers who they believe may be prospective members of the Talent Development Squad should let the Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development officer, Damien O Sullivan know about the young climber. Please email Damien damien@mountaineering.ie or call him on +353(0)16251117.

Talent Development Squad Training Sessions

On a monthly basis Talent Development Squad Training Sessions bring the members of the Talent Development Squad together to train under the guidance of experienced climbing coaches.

Talent Development Squad Training Camps

The Talent Development Squad Training Camps take place on a bi-annual basis; at Halloween and Easter. These week long training camps are held in the bouldering mecca of Fontainebleau, France. The training camps provide selected young climbers the opportunity to refine their climbing skills under the watchful eye of experienced climbing coaches.
 

Talent Development Squad Application Form

Young climbers and parents / guardians are invited to submit an application form to become a member of the Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Squad. 

The form can be completed and submitted below. Alternatively the form can be reached via the following link: Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Squad Application Form

 
For more information on talent development please contact Mountaineering Ireland.

Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Officer - Damien O Sullivan

Telephone: +353 (0)1 625 1117