Unrivalled understanding and practical application

A brief introduction to Mountain Training's Foundation Coach qualification.

I've been able to help people unlock their potential on the river, the crags, on skis or in the office for over twenty five years. I can walk the walk in a variety of sports/domains and help people use the coaching knowledge for the benefit of their work.

I put the participant at the heart of the process to help people improve, develop, fulfil their potential and get more out of their time with us professionals. 

Find a summary below, and full details of my experience on my LinkedIn profile.


Coaching scheme design and review


Understanding skill acquisition

My expertise helps organisations ensure their coaching is practical and fit for purpose, without losing sight of the practical issues of delivery and development of staff and resources.

Workplace sessions and keynotes


Facilitating a BMC talent development workshop

I'm a go-to person for engaging, educational sessions that are well grounded in practical experience and deliver what's needed without being too heavy. 

Coach and trainer education


Training and assessing future coaches

I have a background in top-end "train the trainer" work, having many years' experience working with some of the UK's top outdoor organisations. 

Personal coaching

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Coaching indoors or out, at all levels

I'll help anyone who recognises that having a bit of objective tailored help can make all the difference, from professional athletes to complete beginners.

Key roles and projects

  • Mountain Training: Design and launch of the Coaching Award Scheme, plus my own inspirational (and "straight from the horse's mouth") coaching award courses

  • Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust: Running NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) as the part-time Executive Officer

  • Plas-y-Brenin, the National Mountain Centre: A twenty year career of coaching, training and assessing, culminating in three years as Director of Training

  • British Mountaineering Council: Research and development of Technical/Tactical talent profiling tools

  • British Mountain Guides, British Cycling and Joint Services: Delivery of coach education in a Train the Trainer capacity 

  • British Canoeing: Performance Awards review

I’ve been on a number of coaching workshops with Martin (at both Plas y Brenin and Glenmore Lodge). All were excellent, inspiring courses and I use the things my eyes were opened to on these courses on a daily basis when working. Get on one and have an epiphany!
— Alan Halewood, mountaineering instructor, Fort William
Martin Chester is a world class climbing coach
— Hidden Talent on Channel 4

Some of my coaching clients