The British Mountaineering Council, ClimbScotland and Mountaineering Ireland met on Friday 5 June to discuss the forthcoming YCS Grand Final 2020 and have concluded that in the current climate it will not be possible to run the event.
We discussed the complex logistical arrangements associated with the YCS, the continuing uncertainty regarding social distancing and the opening up of large-scale indoor events and, with a heavy heart, we have concluded that in the current climate it will not be possible to run the 2020 Grand Final. All three councils have made this decision unanimously.
We understand that many competitors will be disappointed with this decision, but we feel the health and well-being of all our competitors, volunteers and everyone involved with this competition – including the people they go home to - must be our priority.
Planning for YCS 2021 is currently underway and the three councils will be meeting each month to discuss new developments and ensure we are able to run competitions safely.
What happens to Regional Winners?
Regional winners in England and Wales: We are discussing with our AYCS how this might best be facilitated. All regional medals were delivered to the final regional venue and until climbing walls reopen, details on how medals will be presented won’t be known.
Ireland: Round 4 has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 26th of September at the Dublin Climbing Centre. For more information and to enter online please go to the Irish YCS Page. The overall results will be announced, and the medals and prizes will be presented.
Scotland: The Regional Rounds had completed before the Covid lock-down but we were unable to hold the YCS Team Selection event. As this event is no longer required, we will discuss how best to recognise the winners with the Competition Coordinators and the ClimbScotland Team. We will also investigate if it is possible to hold further events later in the year adhering to the Scottish Government’s social distancing at indoor events and in consultation with the Scottish Climbing Walls Network.
Does this mean that no competitions will take place in 2020?
No, we are monitoring the situation on a weekly basis and we hope to return to competitive activities as soon as it is safe to do so. With regards to our remaining BMC National Events in September and October, we are doing our best to work within Government guidelines and will do our best to make the decision regarding these events in a timely manner. Please take our survey below about returning to competition climbing.
The BMC, ClimbScotland and Mountaineering Ireland, would like to thank all YCS competitors, parents, volunteers and host venues for their continued support during the 2020 series and we look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Returning to climbing competitions survey
As the government begins to relax its lockdown restrictions, the BMC is making decisions on whether to run the scheduled September and October competitions this year. The health and wellbeing of competitors, volunteers, parents and wall staff will be at the forefront of our thinking.
We’d really value your thoughts on what needs to be in place to give you confidence in returning to compete once again. Please take our short survey, which will only take a minute to complete.
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