Talent Development

Talent Development Pathway

The Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Pathway provides the structures and opportunities for young climbers who want to develop their climbing performance levels.

Climbing Development Squad

The Climbing Development Squad is suitable for young climbers who are keen to improve their climbing performance and who regularly compete in climbing competitions. The aim of the Climbing Development Squad is to increase the performance standard of young climbers so that there is an increased representation and performance:
  1. At international climbing competitions;
  2. In trad climbing, sport climbing and bouldering.

The Climbing Development Squad is underpinned by three main philosophies, these are:

  1. Long Term Development – facilitation of lifelong active involvement in climbing;
  2. Climber Centered – coaching will centre on the goals and needs of each climber;
  3. Holistic Approach – support personal development and consider lifestyle demands.

The Climbing Development Squad aims to develop in each member three key elements of climbing performance, these are:

  1. Mental;
  2. Technical;
  3. Physical.

Selection Criteria for Climbing Development Squad 

The selection criteria for the Climbing Development Squad is set out below:

Becoming a member of the Climbing Development Squad

Membership of the Climbing Development Squad is reviewed twice per year; in September and December. In September the membership slate is wiped clean - all climbers whether past members of the squad or potential new members to the squad are invited to apply to join the squad. In December the membership is reviewed - additional climbers who have demonstrated that they meet the selection criteria may be added to the squad, existing members who are not meeting the requirements leave the squad.
  • Applications can be made using the online application form below.
  • Applications close on Friday 7th of December  at 22:00.
  • Applicants must be members of Mountaineering Ireland.



Climbing Development Squad Training Sessions

The Climbing Development Squad meets approximately once per month through the winter to train together. During these training sessions each squad members works in a small group of peers under the guidance of a Development Coach. 
Training sessions will take place in two blocks across the following dates:

Block One – Autumn/Winter:

7th October 2018;
18th November 2018;
9th December 2018.

Block Two – Winter/Spring:
20th January 2019;
10th February 2019;
31st March 2019.

Training sessions are delivered by experienced coaches at a 4:1 ratio. Payment of €110 per block of training sessions is made in advance.

Climbing Development Squad Training Camps 

Week long development camps take place in Fontainebleau, France at Halloween and Easter. Each camp will facilitate up to ten squad members. Each camp will cost approximately €550 per participant.
These development camps are only open to current members of the Climbing Development Squad and the Youth Climbing Team. 

For more information on talent development please contact Mountaineering Ireland.

Mountaineering Ireland Talent Development Officer - Damien O Sullivan
Telephone: +353 (0)1 625 1117

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