Under 18 and want to climb with a load of other keen young climbers? The 2019 BMC Youth Climbing Series will give you the opportunity to do just that! This incredibly popular annual competition series is open to young people nationwide so whether you’re new to climbing, or already have some experience, this could be just the competition for you.

There is a new format for 2019 with four rounds; two roped and two boulder. Each round consists of seven separate events taking place simultaneously across seven different regions in England and Wales. The series will culminate in a two day Grand Final where the top three competitors in each category from each of the seven regions, and from Scotland and Ireland, take part.

To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in a minimum of 3 rounds in the region that you live.

Rounds for Wales.

Each round starts at 0930 with registration and climbing starts at around 1000, with each round normally concluding by approx. 1600 – this is totally dependent on the number of entrants in each round and the size of the venue.

Round 1Saturday 12 JanuaryBoulderBoulder Hut
Round 2Saturday 26 JanuaryRopedSummit Centre – Rock UK
Round 3Saturday 2 MarchBoulderThe Boardroom
Round 4Saturday 23 MarchRopedBeacon Climbing Centre

Each roped round comprises of 5 routes per category. Each boulder round comprises of 10 blocs per category. In categories A, B and C routes are led. In categories D and E they are top-roped.

Age categories.

There are five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, that follow the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. The categories are called Youth A, B, C, D and E and for 2019 these are…

Youth A – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth B – those born in 2004 & 2005
Youth C – those born in 2006 & 2007
Youth D – those born in 2008 & 2009
Youth E – those born in 2010 & 2011

Entry details.

Online entry is mandatory and the deadline for entries is 10 days before the start of each round. Please note that entries submitted after that, and entries on the day, will not be accepted. Entry cost per round:

£15 BMC member (volunteer)
£20 BMC member (not volunteering)
£20 non-member (volunteer)
£25 non-member (not volunteering)
£8 income support (volunteer)
£10 income support (not volunteering)


All competitors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the event. Parents or guardians must hand-in a signed parental consent form at EACH round, you will NOT be able to compete without one. DOWNLOAD PARENTAL CONTENT FORM.

Further information.

Full information regarding the Series can be found on the BMC website HERE.