What is GB Climbing?

Posted by Nick Colton on 15/06/2019

Ever wondered what GB Climbing is? GB Climbing is the BMC brand for competition climbing, nationally and internationally.

GB Climbing encompasses myriad responsibilities, including: organising competitions; managing the GB Climbing Teams; delivering performance-based coach education nationally; and overseeing the talent pathway to enable all climbers to have the opportunity to develop, whether at grassroots or international level, and in partnership with Mountainering Scotland.  

Having supported competition climbing since the 1980s, the BMC is the recognised national governing body (NGB) for the sport of competition climbing. 

Excitingly, for the first time, competition climbing (known as Sport Climbing internationally) is in the Olympics, meaning British climbers have the opportunity to qualify for Tokyo in 2020.  The event features bouldering, lead, and speed climbing combined.  Those wanting to be on the plane to Tokyo, first have to qualify through the IFSC Selection process.

For many, it all starts with our highly popular Youth Climbing Series which provides youngsters with the opportunity to experience competition climbing.  This nationwide competition series runs throughout a number of regions, culminating in a grand final.

Athletes from this series can then feed into the National Competitions program comprising of open events and British Championship events at Youth, Junior, and Senior levels.  These events are feeders into the GB National Development Squad.  

Being selected on to the GB National Development Squad secures access to individual profiling, training events, and the opportunity, as GB climbing athletes, to experience international competitions abroad, such as European Cups and World Championships, run by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).  

Athletes can continue their journey by following the development pathway to join the GB Senior team.  The possibility to take part in IFSC World Cups and Word Championships events around the world awaits them at this stage. 

Diversity being important to the BMC, GB Climbing also oversees the Paraclimbing Series and the GB Paraclimbing Team, both at the forefront of world Paraclimbing.

As well as being the Sport England and UK Sport recognised NGB for competition climbing in the UK, the BMC is recognised by the IFSC.  This IFSC recognition allows us to issue licenses and register GB Climbing athletes for international competitions.

As the NGB we work closely with UK Sport to support our Olympic hopefuls and manage the Aspiration funding on behalf of several GB Climbing athletes.  In addition, our talent pathway, funded by Sport England, supports the GB National Development Squad and delivers performance-based coach education nationally.

On top of all this visible work there is a vast amount of unseen organisational work required, such as the preparation and maintenance of background policies and procedures needed to support GB Climbing.  

For example: GB Climbing Team Selection policies, Anti-Doping policies, safeguarding procedures to ensure under 18s and adults at risk are safe, and equity and equal opportunity policies. Importantly the BMC has all the relevant insurance in place for all events run for GB Climbing. 

The BMC is compliant with the Sport England and UK Sport Code for Sports Governance to Tier 3, the highest level required of NGBs.

How can you support GB Climbing and the BMC?

  • Follow GB Climbing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and use #GBclimbing 
     
  • If you're a climbing wall or coach with kids clubs, youth groups &/or squads you could join the GB Talent Hub Scheme which will provide you with performance coaching support for your climbers and a direct link with GB Climbing at the BMC.
     
  • Become a member of the BMC
     
  • Sponsorship – if you are interested in supporting GB Climbing though our different levels of sponsorship packages, please contact zoe@thebmc.co.uk

As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.

If you liked what we did, then tell your friends about us: www.thebmc.co.uk/join


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