Under 18 and want to climb with a load of other keen young climbers? The 2020 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 are four regional rounds; two roped and two boulder. Each round consists of eight separate events taking place simultaneously across eight 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 eight 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 three regional rounds in the same region throughout the series.
Rounds for Wales.
Each region has a unique entry cap on their regional rounds based on the maximum number of competitors the smallest wall in their region can facilitate. This must be used to ensure the safety of the competitors, spectators, volunteers and wall staff. The cap for Wales is 90 entries only.
Round 1 | 25 January | Boulder | BOULDER HUT, Ellesmere Port
Round 2 | 8 February | Lead | BEACON CLIMBING CENTRE, Caernarfon
Round 3 | 7 March | Boulder | THE CLIMBING HANGAR, Swansea
Round 4 | 21 March | Lead | ROCK UK SUMMIT CENTRE, Treharris
Starting times for Round 2 at Beacon Climbing Centre are:
Registration opens at 9.00am for all competitors.
A briefing will take place at 9.45am.
Climbing starts at roughly 10.00am for all categories.
Each region has two roped rounds and two boulder rounds, alternating per round. The roped rounds are made up of four routes and the boulder round made up of ten problems per category. In categories A, B and C routes are led. In categories D and E they are top-roped.
The Grand Final is a two-day invite only event taking place in Sheffield, for the top 3 competitors from each category and each region. The Grand Final has a separate entry price to be announced in January 2020.
Day 1 – Saturday 25 April (boulder)
Day 2 – Sunday 26 April (roped)
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 2020 these are:
Youth A – those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth B – those born in 2005 & 2006
Youth C – those born in 2007 & 2008
Youth D – those born in 2009 & 2010
Youth E – those born in 2011 & 2012
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. All competitors MUST be a member of the BMC to enter. Join HERE.
£90.00 – for all four rounds
£30.00 – per individual rounds
£45.00 – for all four rounds
£15.00 – per individual rounds
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.
Full information regarding the Series can be found on the BMC website HERE. Please note the changes made for the 2020 Series based on the feedback received from parents and host walls in 2019.
Competitors can now compete in a region of their choice but must remain in the same region throughout the entire series.
The number of roped climbs in each roped round will be 4.
The South West region has been split into South West North and South West South.
Each region has a maximum number of entries which is bespoke to each region.
Competitors must be a member of the BMC to enter.