As you know, the Overhang opened back in December 2020 for 2 weeks (thanks to Covid!) and then again in May 2021. Since then, we have developed 10 Youth Climbing Clubs and it’s been a joy to see the kids progress and enjoy themselves.
From this, we would now like to develop our Youth Climbing Team which will be a structured climbing and training session for young climbers aged 7-15yrs.
The Youth Climbing Team will focus on developing their climbing skills in order to compete in local and national competitions. The main annual competition is the BMC’s Youth Climbing Series (YCS). Climbers in the Team will be expected to attend this event and be able to commit to doing several sessions of climbing per week. This will include the Team training day, Club session (if desired) plus training on their own/supervised by their parents/guardians. 3 sessions per week are recommended (by the Team coach John) but not compulsory. Children are to have their own personal climbing equipment
As part of the children’s commitment, we require parents/guardians to commit to bringing them to Team sessions and bringing them to extra sessions in the week. This will mean that a parent/guardian will need to be a competent belayer as you may be asked to be involved in Team training sessions from time-to-time. Don’t worry if you don’t already belay as we will teach you the skills necessary to be able to do this.
Team “try-outs” will be held twice a year and will be advertised on website and via social media.
Climbers are expected to be able to climb V2 and above for bouldering and minimum 5+/6a (age dependent) for rope climbing. Ideally climbers should have completed NICAS L2 or be on their way to achieving it. Again this is not compulsory.
On the day there will be a number of set boulder and rope problems to attempt during the session and the youth climbers will be assessed by the instructors and head coach. After the try-outs we will then notify those selected for Team via email. If you don’t receive an email it does mean that your child/children have been unsuccessful at this time but they will have another chance as we will be running “try-outs” twice a year.