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E-newsletter 5               23rd April 2012

Vacancies for Elected Directors

Founded in 1970 and now a company limited by guarantee, the MCofS is the national representative body for mountaineering with a growing and active membership of 11,400. Governance is by a volunteer Board of eight elected members, and we currently have two vacancies. We are seeking expressions of interest from members who wish to contribute to the development of the MCofS.

Whilst appropriate skills and experience are desirable, having the time and commitment to assimilate information and work with our officers and other volunteers are essential. The Board meets in Perth 4 or 5 times a year and there is a high degree of involvement usually by email - between meetings. We pay our volunteers reasonable travelling expenses.

An ideal candidate would have experience of how an organisation operates; financial awareness; and a willingness to contribute to strategic planning and decision-making. Whilst a high-flyer might be an interesting addition to the Board, we need team players who are willing to get involved.

Please refer to the vacancy notice for full details. Thank you.

sportscotland to Invest £155,300 in Mountaineering

The national sports agency sportscotland has confirmed that it will invest £155,300 in mountaineering through the MCofS during 2012-13.

sportscotland’s investment is contingent upon the MCofS achieving key targets relating to membership growth, provision of mountain safety courses and the development and implementation of coaching for sport climbing.

The investment includes provision for Scottish mountain weather forecasts by the Mountain Weather Information Service (£42.3k) and investment for Mountain Leader Training Scotland (£20k) and is at the same level as that received in 2011-12.

Insurance Matters and Subscriptions

Following discussion with our insurance brokers Perkins Slade, the MCofS Board is minded to increase the amount of cover for Public Liability Claims, from the current £10M to £20M per incident. This follows news of claims awarded by courts which are indicative of the high long-term costs of care for individuals who have been seriously disabled through incidents for which other parties have been found negligent.

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Hill Tracks Scottish Government Consultation

Your Response is Important Closing Date 22nd June 2012

MCofS members will hopefully recall the valuable work done by Hebe Carus, our Access and Conservation Officer, to raise the profile of the damage done to the upland landscape by bulldozed hill tracks. A subsequent petition led by two MSPs and discussion in Parliament has finally resulted in the Scottish Government announcing the long-awaited ‘Consultation on the General Permitted Development Amendment Order 2012’.

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New Faces at the MCofS

Following the recent review of our Landscape and Access Strategy, we are pleased to announce the following part-time appointments which were made in March:

Andrea Partridge, an experienced access professional, has been appointed to the post of Access Officer. Andrea is an active member of the Braes of Fife Mountaineering Club and will focus on access-related issues of interest to mountaineers.

Catherine Newton, a Chartered Member of the Town Planning Institute, has been appointed as Planning Officer. Catherine admits she is not a mountaineer, but has a strong commitment to Scotland’s natural landscape and in particular the mountains, and will focus on developing responses to selected planning proposals and advising MCofS staff and directors concerning planning policy.

Matthew Shelley, an experienced journalist and freelance communications consultant, and a keen hill-runner, will act in the role of Policy Officer, with the aim of assisting the MCofS to develop and implement our media and policy strategy.

We hope members will welcome these new additions to the MCofS team.

Social Media iconsFollow the MCofS on Social Media

The MCofS has recently updated its Facebook and Twitter pages. If you use Social Media platforms and haven’t yet visited our pages, then make a point of checking us out.

You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCofS. Visit our page and participate in the discussion.

For those who use Twitter you can follow us @MCofS (www.twitter.com/mcofs).

We use a couple of hashtags (#) on Twitter that you might want to look at:

#sftwe - “Something for the Week End” provides safety related information for the coming weekend.

#wcsm “Walker Climber Skier Member” contains news of offers for our members.

Access and Landscape News

It has been a while since the last Members' News. It has been a busy and challenging period. Fortunately I have had the support of David, our Chief Officer, and the A&C Advisory Group.

The good news is we now have a team in place to cover Access and Landscape issues and take our Landscape Strategy forward, and the Board approved the formation of a Landscape Advisory Group and Access Advisory Group.

Read more.

BoulderingScottish Youth Bouldering Championship

May 26th at The Climbing Academy (TCA), Glasgow

MCofS National Competition. Open to 8 to 19 year olds. Click here for full details, rules and application.

Injury CourseInjuries Prevention Workshop for Parents and Kids

Two one-day courses on 28th and 29th April EICA Ratho.

The MCofS is running a one-day workshop on how to prevent injuries for young climbers in association with Theresa Tait. Some places still available on both days. Contact MCofS office to book.

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More Climbing News

FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 Workshop at Inverness: Only 2 places left. Applications in as soon as possible please.

Scottish Youth Competition Climbers questionnaire:

MCofS endorses coaches for 2012 events:

Youth Climbing Teams Selected for the 2012 YCS British Final:

Getting Ready to Climb for Scotland in the YCS British Final

Idi support for youth development

Primary Schools Climbing wall training

ReAch Partnership to deliver youth events for 2012

MCofS Courses

Details of forthcoming skills courses being run by the MCofS.

Mountain Biking for Hill Walkers course

Navigation courses

sportscotland and Young Scot Team Up

Young People’s Sport Panel to Shape Future of Scottish Sport

sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity, are working together to establish a sport panel that will ensure Scotland’s younger generation play an active and significant role in developing and influencing policy in sport.

The Young people’s sport panel will help influence and shape the future of Scottish sport. As a voice for 14 to 25-year-olds, the panel will also focus on raising the profile of sport within this age group, including through the provision of online content, videos and blogs.

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The Ladies Scottish Climbing Club (LSCC) Open Meet is on the weekend of 11th 13th May

All female mountaineers welcome to attend. Details can be found here.

Mountain Aid AGM and Mountaineering Incidents talk by Bob Sharp

This event will be held at Stirling Rugby Club on May 30th.

Mountain Aid Munrowaggers sponsored walk in aid of SARDA

This event will be held on Ben Lomond on Sunday 26th August.

Mike Dales
Membership Development Officer

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