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Foundation Coach Training

Course Overview

The Foundation Coach Award is designed to enable coaches to be more effective in the engaging and inspirational delivery of the foundation skills of climbing. Hence the syllabus focuses on three main areas: the coaching skills and knowledge of what and how to coach more effectively; the technical competence to manage and deliver an enjoyable and stimulating session, usually to a group of individuals; and the culture of reflective practice in striving for continual improvement.

Experience Required

Prior to attending a Foundation Coach training course you must:


  • Have at least 6 months personal climbing experience

  • Hold a Climbing Wall Award or site-specific climbing wall validation as a minimum - higher awards are entirely appropriate

  • Have attended a FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop Have attended a safeguarding and protecting children in sport workshop

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Prior to attending a Foundation Coach training course you must:


  • Have at least 6 months personal climbing experience

  • Hold a Climbing Wall Award or site-specific climbing wall validation as a minimum – higher awards are entirely appropriate

  • Have attended a FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop Have attended a safeguarding and protecting children in sport workshop


Course Content


During this course we will look at,


  • Coaching behaviours

  • Planning

  • Preparing and concluding

  • Managing

  • Sporting values

  • Movement skills

  • Physiology

  • Giving feedback

  • Evaluating

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Breakfast
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Residential or Non Residential

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included if you chosen to add accommodation are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or info@pyb.co.uk.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Clothing for indoor climbing

  • Rock shoes

  • Chalk bag

  • Harness

  • Belay device

  • Water bottle

  • Notebook and pen


If you have any resources for coaching games, a tablet/smart phone with coaching app, and/or a memory stick bring them along as they'll be useful.




Customer Reviews For This Course

Foundation Coaching

Josie McGee

Fantastic course and delivered to suit all the client’s needs. I really enjoyed the balance between theory and practical throughout the day. It was also a lot of fun. Thanks


A fantastic course!

Frances Cavanagh

This was a fantastic course! A great balance between theory and practical, keeping everyone interested throughout the day :)




Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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