Friday, 9 March 2012

The MCofS and ReAch Climbing Coach: Fontainebleau Bouldering October 15th – 19th 2012

Cost £150

The MCofS and ReAch Climbing Coaching are arranging a youth coaching event in Fontainebleau, one of the worlds most popular bouldering destinations. This will be from October 15th-19th (during the Scottish School Holiday) and is being organised and delivered by Neill Busby, Mark McGowan and Gaz Vincent.

The Fontainebleau bouldering meet is being supported by the MCofS by providing elite coaches for the 4 days of coaching during the 5 day event. The cost to cover coaching is £150 per child - £37.50/day.

Our aim is to introduce participants to the best bouldering that Fontainebleau has to offer. Each day our coaches will run workshops on various techniques and tactics needed to climb on the famous sandstone boulders. Our other aim is to provide coaching and advice to parents to encourage more independence to get outside more. We expect all the adults / parents to take an active role in the event, coaches will help parents understand etiquette and safety issues at crags where their children will be climbing.

Parent / Coach Responsibility:
Whilst on the meet, the coaches are responsible for the safety of the kids (and you!) when being coached at the crag (or its approach). At all other times you are responsible for your own and your child’s safety and wellbeing, as well as their behaviour.

Booking Your Place:
If you are interested please send the attached application form to MCofS either via email (to: or by post, to book your place. Can you please indicate your method of payment.

Once we have the minimum numbers required to make the event viable we shall notify you and confirm the meet will go ahead you will be able to book flights and accommodation.

Please fill in the attached Consent Form and return by email to me. If you have already completed and sent in a MCofS Consent Form there is no need to complete another one, but please indicate on the application form any changes that might be required.

Please note:
  • Applications must be sent back only to MCS either by email to, or by post.
  • Payment for the coaching can be made by phone, PayPal or cheque to MCofS.
  • Confirmation will be returned by email (or post) by Jane at MCS office.
  • A Parent (and their child attending the event) must sign a MCofS consent form (please simply insert you names when replying by email and date it). A parent must take responsibility for the child(s) behaviour at all times when not climbing. The coaches are responsible for the child whilst being coached.
  • If someone else is taking responsibility for your child at the event they must be indicated on the form.
  • Climbers need to bring their own personal climbing equipment (rock shoes, chalk bag, harness, belay plate, rope and helmet).
  • General information is contained in the attached Parental Information document.
  • Finally, I draw your attention to the MCofS Code of Conduct expected at our events.


Referrals from clients:

"...This training season I decided to get all the help I can to speed up my improvement. I needed guidance to work towards my goals in long term. I also needed more vision and opinions about my exercises and weak links. I am glad I can share my training with Mark..." (Ville Mustonen, Finland)

" I met Mark in Glen Nevis on his return to climbing to check out some lines he had in mind for me, I wasn't really training at this point but after a day or two talking and training with him I had a much more structured idea of what to do to improve and I did" (Kev Shields)