RCC 5 Year Birthday Bash!!!!

Join us to celebrate our 5 Year Birthday, welcome our new retailers Cold Mountain Kit and have some great food with Ground Up Café! More details to follow very soon….


Flash 2015 – Round 2 Results

Team DMM

It was great to see so many people getting involved trying the routes and blocs for Round 1 and 2. We hope you are all enjoying the Round 3 blocs set by DMM athletes Emma Twyford and Liam ‘The Hitman’ Halsey. Round 3 routes will be available from 6pm tonight!

For more details of Flash 2015 click here….

Please click here for Flash 2015 Round 2 so far…..

Operations Manager Vacancy Available


Operations Manager Vacancy at Reading Climbing Centre

The Reading Climbing Centre is one of the UK’s premier climbing walls and is recruiting an Operations Manager to be part of its dynamic team. Role and Responsibilities: The Operations Manager will report to the Centre Management and will assist them in managing the day-to-day running of the centre. This will include Health and Safety, staff management, course management, staff training, NICAS & NIBAS administration, as well as reception and instructional duties. Acting as a Senior Instructor you will look to continually train and develop our staff. We realise that our centre is only as good as our staff, and therefore the Operations Manager will focus on the upkeep of staff morale, maintain our exceptionally high safety standards and lead the team into delivering a range of high quality, fun and memorable climbing sessions. In addition the Operations Manager will be responsible for building, climbing wall, and equipment maintenance, ensuring that all PPE and facility checks are scheduled and carried out in accordance to procedures.

Skills Required:

  • Professional attitude
  • Staff management experience
  • Experience in training delivery
  • Direct experience working within the climbing industry
  • Experience of delivering and administrating NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes)
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to motivate a team
  • Strong customer service skills
  • A passionate and enthusiastic individual committed to promoting climbing activities and ‘best practice’
  • Extremely high standards in delivering climbing sessions
  • Great team player who has the flexibility to assist in all aspects of the Centre
  • Single Pitch Award and First Aid (as a minimum)
  • Organised with strong administration skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • IT literate with competence in Microsoft Office
  • Reception and retail experience is desirable Working Hours – 40 hour working week including weekdays, evenings and weekends.

This is a great opportunity to work for one of the largest and fastest growing Climbing organisations in the UK.

Salary dependent on experience.

To apply for the role please send your CV with a covering letter to the Centre Manager, Tom Vaessen at tom@readingclimbingcentre.com

Closing date for applications is Sunday 16th August 2015.


Wall Life

With June now nearly over the past month has been a busy one here at RCC with over 3,500 holds taken off, our hold washing has never been better! The Comp Wall kicked things off with 2 days of setting from local boy Rob Lloyd and our Guest setter Yann Genoux. The guys have created a wild mix of colours alongside grades to keep the masses happy and continuously coming back for more!

Rob Returns 2015

Outside of setting our crew have been out through their paces with both Head Coach Will and Danny going through Development Coach Assessment. The day ran smoothly with both lads passing, and now looking to use their newly gained qualification within coaching sessions. The rest of the crew have also been earning their stripes with the senior instructors all going through FUNDamentals 1 & 2 as well as physical training. Ian Dunn GB Coach was running the week long stint of training, so thanks be to him for his patience and psyche throughout all 5 days. The week ended with the staff being put through their paces via the Foundation Coach Training, to which all of them got through now for the consolidation period.

 Video analysis

With Summer Holidays upon us here at RCC we are “gearing up” for 6 weeks of madness with lots of activities for both kids and adults running daily (a full list of what’s going on is up on the website and in centre). Finally, this summer we are looking to broaden our horizons and head out into the big wide world of Outdoor Climbing in the South! Whispers about RCC heading outdoors have been heard for many years, but I can now confirm that we have begun the process of turning those whispers into reality. So far we have visited and risk assessed a number of crags toward the Wye Valley area, so hopefully later this year or early next we will be releasing the first dates, so watch this space!


All The Best!

RCC Coaching Team

Coaches Blog – Ladies Club

Ladies Club

RCC Coach Emma took over Ladies Club late 2014. Since then she has worked hard to not only help the club expand but also to create a more focused direction with the introduction of training plans, technique master classes and now a new evening session!

‘When I first started with the Ladies Club, I had a few regulars who had been climbing every week, but not had must direction. I talked with them a lot to work out what sort of sessions they would be interested in having and started coming up with a plan. This has included footwork sessions, technique sessions and general tips and advise.

I am now looking at running a Ladies Club for those working during the day on Tuesday evenings. Whether you want to take part in the structured sessions or just climb socially with the ladies, come along!’ Emma

Along with other RCC staff, Emma has been busy over the past few months developing her climbing and instructing experience to help develop the Ladies Club as well as other sessions. She has recently passed her CWA, attended BMC workshops FUNdamentals 1, 2 and 3 Physical Training with our head coach Ian Dunn and is now working towards her Foundation Coach Award.

With the Morning Ladies Club running every Thursday from 10.30am and the new Evening Ladies Club starting Tuesday 7th July from 7.30pm get involved, make the most of Emma’s training and enthusiasm and start improving your climbing with us here at RCC!