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“You’re braver than you believe,

and stronger than you seem,

and smarter than you think.”

~Christopher Robin (A. A. Milne)

CLIMBING CLUBS

for young climbers

Our Climbing Clubs are for children and young people over the age of 7 keen to get more out of their climbing.

These are progressive climbing development courses using the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) and the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS).

This UK wide scheme is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering.

The Scheme comprises five levels of award and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety.

Even though we use NICAS and NIBAS to provide structure and accreditation for the young climbers, our emphasis is on them enjoying the sport and developing their climbing ability:

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately
  • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, its history and future challenges
  • to provide a record of personal achievement
  • to point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

The clubs run during term time in six week blocks, on weekends and after school.

All courses are £67 for the 6 weeks.

Our Climbing Clubs are for children and young people over the age of 7 keen to get more out of their climbing.

These are progressive climbing development courses using the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) and the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS).

This UK wide scheme is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering.

The Scheme comprises five levels of award and takes a minimum of 100 hours to complete in its entirety.

Even though we use NICAS and NIBAS to provide structure and accreditation for the young climbers, our emphasis is on them enjoying the sport and developing their climbing ability:

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment appropriately
  • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, its history and future challenges
  • to provide a record of personal achievement
  • to point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

The clubs run during term time in six week blocks, on weekends and after school.

All courses are £67 for the 6 weeks.

BEGINNERS CLUB

ages 7+

If it’s your first time on our Climbing Clubs you will need to book onto the Beginners Club.

This course requires no experience and is ideal as a gateway for any young monkey to become a rock climber!

The club will teach the basic safety skills of climbing including; fitting a harness, belaying (safely holding the rope for another climber), climbing, lowering another climber and safely using an indoor climbing wall.

Each session is 1 hr long and includes the NICAS course book in the price.

Once the basics have been successfully learnt you can move into the Junior or Senior Climbing Club, depending on age.

Your instructor will inform you when it’s time to move into either Junior or Senior Climbing Club.

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JUNIOR CLIMBING CLUB

primary school ages 7-11

Once you are able to climb and belay safely under supervision it’s time to move into Junior Club if you’re ages 7-11 years.

Junior Club will continue to develop these skills and good practices along with climbing techniques and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

Each session is 1½ hrs long.

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SENIOR CLIMBING CLUB

secondary/high school ages 11-17

Once you are able to climb and belay safely under supervision it’s time to move into Senior Club if you’re ages 11-17 years.

Senior Club will continue to develop these skills and good practices along with climbing techniques and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

Each session is 1½ hrs long.

BOOK

LEADERS CLUB

secondary/high school ages 11-17

The first rule of Leaders Club is there IS no Leaders Club!

That said, scrolls carried by snow white owls do occasionally go out under the cover of darkness, inviting the chosen few into it’s hallowed folds.

This club is for young people learning and practising Lead Climbing. Because of the inherent risk involved with lead climbing, joining the Leaders Club is by invite only after the climber demonstrates they have the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely unsupervised in a responsible manner.

The young climber will initially be invited to try one of our free Lead Climbing Taster Sessions to see if they enjoy it and feel they would like to join the Leaders Club.

Lead climbing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for those with a good head for heights, happy to take longer falls and push their limits, lead climbing opens up a whole new level of climbing!

Includes using the lead walls, top ropes, boulders and Psicobloc.

Each session is 1½ hrs long.

Please call or pop to reception to book if you are already on NICAS Level 4 or 5 or have been invited to join the Leader Climbing Club.

BEGINNERS CLUB

ages 7+

If it’s your first time on our Climbing Clubs you will need to book onto the Beginners Club.

This course requires no experience and is ideal as a gateway for any young monkey to become a rock climber!

The club will teach the basic safety skills of climbing including; fitting a harness, belaying (safely holding the rope for another climber), climbing, lowering another climber and safely using an indoor climbing wall.

Each session is 1 hr long and includes the NICAS course book in the price.

Once the basics have been successfully learnt you can move into the Junior or Senior Climbing Club, depending on age.

Your instructor will inform you when it’s time to move into either Junior or Senior Climbing Club.

BOOK

JUNIOR CLIMBING CLUB

primary school ages 7-11

Once you are able to climb and belay safely under supervision it’s time to move into Junior Club if you’re ages 7-11 years.

Junior Club will continue to develop these skills and good practices along with climbing techniques and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

Each session is 1½ hrs long.

BOOK

SENIOR CLIMBING CLUB

secondary/high school ages 11-17

Once you are able to climb and belay safely under supervision it’s time to move into Senior Club if you’re ages 11-17 years.

Senior Club will continue to develop these skills and good practices along with climbing techniques and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

Each session is 1½ hrs long.

BOOK

LEADERS CLUB

secondary/high school ages 11-17

The first rule of Leaders Club is there IS no Leaders Club!

That said, scrolls carried by snow white owls do occasionally go out under the cover of darkness, inviting the chosen few into it’s hallowed folds.

This club is for young people learning and practising Lead Climbing. Because of the inherent risk involved with lead climbing, joining the Leaders Club is by invite only after the climber demonstrates they have the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely unsupervised in a responsible manner.

The young climber will initially be invited to try one of our free Lead Climbing Taster Sessions to see if they enjoy it and feel they would like to join the Leaders Club.

Lead climbing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for those with a good head for heights, happy to take longer falls and push their limits, lead climbing opens up a whole new level of climbing!

Includes using the lead walls, top ropes, boulders and Psicobloc.

Each session is 1½ hrs long.

Please call or pop to reception to book if you are already on NICAS Level 4 or 5 or have been invited to join the Leader Climbing Club.

Fancy getting involved with your child’s climbing? Then book yourself onto our Rope Safety Course which will enable you to bring them climbing whenever you want, whatever their age.

MORE INFO

Fancy getting involved with your child’s climbing? Then book yourself onto our Rope Safety Course which will enable you to bring them climbing whenever you want, whatever their age.

MORE INFO

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BOULDERING CLUB

ages 7+

Very similar to our climbing clubs above but without the ropes!

The aims of NIBAS are laid out below:

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • to learn how to use equipment appropriately
  • to develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport
  • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust other boulderers
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, its history and ethics
  • to provide a record of personal achievement
  • to point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

Each session is 1½ hrs long and includes the NIBAS course book for the first session.

BOOK

BOULDERING CLUB

ages 7+

Very similar to our climbing clubs above but without the ropes!

The aims of NIBAS are laid out below:

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
  • to learn how to use equipment appropriately
  • to develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport
  • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust other boulderers
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, its history and ethics
  • to provide a record of personal achievement
  • to point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

Each session is 1½ hrs long and includes the NIBAS course book for the first session.

BOOK