Climbers receive a leg up from UK Sport funding

Climber Will Bosi, who received funding to prepare for, and be supported in, competition at the recent IFSC Moscow European Championships. Photograph by Sandy Carr.

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Mountaineering Scotland has welcomed news competitive climbing in the UK is to benefit from a multi-million investment in Olympic and Paralympic sport.

The investment from UK Sport will amount to £450,000 over the next 12 months and will be channelled through GB Climbing, which was developed by the British Mountaineering Council.

Mountaineering Scotland’s ClimbScotland team contributed to the funding application and is delighted its input has contributed to such a positive outcome.

The UK Sport Continuity funding will allow GB Climbing to deliver Covid-secure training for the Home Nation and National Talent squads, as well as several Covid-secure competition opportunities, including a paraclimbing event.

Mountaineering Scotland and ClimbScotland will be working with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) to deliver the work, along with Mountain Training and the Association of British Climbing Walls. There will also be liaison with Mountaineering Ireland.

GB Climbing is also committed to ensuring that solid, effective structures can also be built for the other competitive areas under the BMC’s umbrella, such as GB Paraclimbing, GB Ice Climbing and Ski Mountaineering.

Jamie Smith, ClimbScotland Development Manager, said: ‘This is fantastic news for athletes and the future national development of the sport.

‘We look forward to working with GB Climbing to make what is written on paper  happen. It has been great as a home nation to have been a small part of the large amount of work to make this submission to UK Sport a success. Congratulations to everyone involved.’

Stuart Younie, Mountaineering Scotland chief executive officer, added: ‘With the recent announcement climbing will be in the Paris Olympic Games, this funding will provide a major boost to help us develop the systems that support our young climbers.’

The money allocated for climbing is part of a £352m investment in Olympic and Paralympic sport announced by UK Sport, with Progression Funding for seven sports – including climbing – to uncover and support the champions of tomorrow.