Welcome to the Squad
The Mile End Climbing Wall Youth Squad is for young people who are passionate about the sport of climbing. It's not all about selecting the best of the best it's more about taking the enthusiasm, dedication and passion they have for climbing and helping them to develop and progress in the sport.
The squad comprises of young people aged 8+ and comprises of 3 separate groups:
- The Development Squad
Most young people start off in the development squad. This is where the coaches start to work with each young person on improving their climbing skills and abilities and assessing their levels and abilities.
- Performance Squad
This group is made up of a select, small group of young people who focus mainly on high achievement in competitions and have attained a level where they are climbing harder and pushing their abilities to a higher level.
- The Senior Squad (16+)
The Senior Squad is made up of young people aged 16+ and is based more on age rather than specific abilities or climbing level.
Although the main aim of all our squad groups is development of the individual young people it is also about teamwork and the positive aspects of working and belonging to a like minded group of people. We encourage the young people to take part in competitions both nationally and locally and we also try to make sure we get out on 'real rock' as much as we can.
We have a great team of coaches who look after the Squad members and who teach them week after week. All the coaches have different skills and abilities and each one brings their own unique slant to the squad.
How do I get into the squad?
Trials are held every 6 months. We'll advertise the date and interested young people can spend a day with our coaches as they put them through their paces.
Who's in charge?
How much does it cost?
Squad members pay £110 every three months (this is currently under review as of March 2015 and will increase - new costs will be posted ASAP). This includes:
- 3 coaching sessions per week
- Unlimited climbing at all times
- Squad uniform
What level of commitment is expected of squad members?
As part of our squad we expect all the young people to make a minimum commitment in terms of time and effort. Each squad member is expected to attend a regular Sunday squad session plus at least one other coaching session in the week. Squad members are also expected to climb outside of squad sessions to improve their own personal climbing skills and knowledge.