by Mick Ryan If you are a keen climber and aged between 16-25, Scarpa, the Italian rock shoe manufacturer, want to hear from you. Rather than sending your list of ascents and a begging letter round all the equipment companies, Scarpa are reaching out to young climbers and offering those interested to join their Scarpa Youth Academy.Scarpa UK part of the Mountain Boot Company, based in Newcastle, are offering four young climbers a substantial product placement contract for 12 months, including, rock shoes, approach shoes and supporting accessories. The criteria is not just young and talented however, Steve Roberts, head honcho at Mountain Boot, is after young climbers who he said, ” above all must be great personalities that can become brand ambassadors.”In addition to the all important gear, Scarpa are also providing Expert coaching and commercial guidance from Andy EarlAttendance to Scarpa team meetings and an opportunity to climb with and learn from Pro´ stars.A years free access to the Climbing Works in Sheffield. A chance to meet the Scarpa rock shoe designers and be part of a superb and dynamic brand development.To attain one of these places you must send a CV/Proposalto the address below .The Mountain Boot Co Ltd,New York Way,New York Industrial Estate,Newcastle upon TyneNE27 0QF.Closing date for applications will be 20th March 07. More details at the Scarpa website (click).