About Emma Holland ML

My name is Emma Holland and I am a qualified Summer Mountain Leader. I founded Emma Holland Mountain Training because I want to inspire and support you on a journey or adventure of your own.

I have been hill walking and enjoying the mountain areas of the UK for all of my life and I want to share that passion and enthusiasm with you. The hills and mountains of the UK are so accessible, yet without the correct knowledge, skills and experience they can be intimidating and potentially dangerous places for any walker of any level.

I have 15 years experience of working in the NHS supporting adults with mental health difficulties. I’m passionate about promoting the link between spending time outdoors and improved mental health. I believe that exercise and fresh air builds confidence, promotes recovery, increases self esteem and improves physical fitness. I hold the Mental Health First Aid Certificate (MHFA) I also hold the City & Guilds Train the Trainer Certificate and I deliver Equality & Diversity training.

Coaching Your Confidence 

All of my navigation courses are delivered in a relaxed, friendly, inclusive and supportive environment. Getting to know my course participants is very important to me so I like to work with small groups of up to 6 people, or with individuals. I want all of my courses and training sessions to feel personalised to your needs, which is why I offer bespoke sessions.

Whether you are new to walking, want to experience outdoor activities or you are working towards one of the mountain training walking qualifications, all of my training can be adapted or modified to suit your needs. If you would like to talk further with me about my coaching offer, please see the Mentoring and Coaching page

Most of all, I want you to enjoy your time with me and to feel inspired and confident to continue your own journey outdoors, wherever that may take you. 

I belong to the Mountain Training Association (MTA), the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).  I am a registered Director and Course Provider for the Bronze, Silver & Gold NNAS Award Scheme and I hold the National Navigation Scheme Tutor Award (NNAS). I also have a valid and current Outdoor First Aid Certificate, full public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS certificate.

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  • Summer Mountain Leader (MLs)
  • NNAS Course Director & Provider (Bronze, Silver, Gold)
  • DofE Trainer, Supervisor & Assessor (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  • Outdoor First Aid Certificate
  • Mental Health First Aider
  • Equality & Diversity Trainer
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • MTA Mountain Leader Mentor
  • Train the Trainer Certificate

Photo: I was interviewed recently by Liv Bolton for her outdoor podcast, The Outdoors Fix. Find out more about the Liv, the podcast and grab a copy of her new book at https://theoutdoorsfix.com/