Lochaber High School, Camaghael, Fort William, Inverness-shire. PH33 7ND Tel. 01397 702512
As well as increasing overall levels of physical activity and sport, the Active Schools initiative is an opportunity to introduce young people in the Highlands to a variety of new experiences, help them to appreciate their natural heritage and to understand why so many visitors come to enjoy outdoor pursuits in the area. The programme links with the outdoor courses run by West Highland College. The college students not only learn new outdoor skills themselves, but how to teach these skills to others. Learning to coach is a valuable part of their course, and in order to do this, they need mock students or ‘guinea pigs’ to practice on.
Over three evenings in April, a group of students were assessed coaching rock climbing skills to a group of 20 pupils from Lochaber High School. Two of the sessions took place on the crags in Glen Nevis, whilst a showery forecast led to the last session moving down to the climbing wall in Kinlochleven.
Many of the pupils also attend the climbing club held by Ms McCourt, so it was a great way of giving them some extra practice and allowing them to try the sport on real rock.