Summer NICAS Social Club!!!

NICAS Social

Who can attend?

Our NEW Summer NICAS Social Clubs are perfect for those NICAS candidates who have passed level 2 or above and are looking to continue their development and climbing over the Summer Holidays!

When do they start?

Week commencing 25th July 2016 for the entire Summer!

When do they run?

- Thursdays 17:30 – 19:00

- Sundays 11:30 – 13:00

How much?

Each session cost £15 per person including instruction and any hire gear needed

For more info or to book, email or call 0118 975 6298 to speak to a member of the Coaching Team.

Kids Climbing Activities this Summer Holidays

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Kids Climbing Activities this Summer Holidays at Reading Climbing Centre. We have a host of activities happening every day to keep the whole family active and entertained!

The holiday activities include:

  • Regular Little Monkeys classes for 5&6 year olds
  • Regular Rock Its classes for 7-11 year olds
  • Hang Time classes for 11-17 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 8-17 year olds
  • NICAS Social Club 7-17 year olds *NEW*
  • Kids Improver Climbing Course 7-17 year olds *NEW*

Did you know we do Family Climbing Taster Sessions and Family Beginner Courses, to book at a time to suit you (subject to availability)

For the full list of courses available and to book online, please check our bookings page.

Fathers’ Dad at RCC

Fathers Day

Climbing is a fun, active and social activity, so this Fathers Day why not treat Dad to a Taster Session. Tasters are the best way to experience climbing for the first time. Whether your Dad is the adventurous type, or you think he would like to do something completely different this year, he’ll love scaling the heights of our climbing walls! Did you know we also do Family Taster Sessions and Beginner Courses?

To book your Tasters Session or Family Session or Course or to buy a gift voucher for Father’s Day, please call us at 0118 975 6298.

NEW! June to July NICAS Term


If your child is looking to progress into the exciting world of climbing, then The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme here at Reading Climbing Centre is for them.


NICAS is the only nationally recognised scheme that introduces new climbers to climbing on indoor walls. The scheme focuses on making young climbers, getting them hooked for life, and giving them the tools to make this happen. Working through skill development, all safety aspects as well as climbing ability, the 5 awarding levels have the perfect progression for all young climbers aged 7 and above.

Aims Of The Scheme

  • to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability.
  • to learn climbing rope-work and 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 a climbing partner.
  • to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance.
  • to develop an understanding of the sport, it’s 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.

Structure Of The Scheme

The Scheme comprises five levels of award aimed at complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts; Part 1 contains Levels 1 and 2 and Part 2 contains Levels 3 to 5. Upon registering with NICAS at Reading Climbing Centre candidates receive a log booklet for Levels 1 and 2 and a log binder with booklet for Levels 3 to 5. After achieving each level they are awarded with a certificate on behalf of the ABCTT.

The five levels are:

  1. Foundation Climber

    An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

  2. Top Rope Climber

    Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

  3. Technical Climber

    A more advanced top roping and bouldering level that focuses on developing technique and movement skills.

  4. Lead Climber

    Concentrates on the skills required to both lead climb and belay a lead climber.

  5. Advanced Climber

    The top level that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing.

To book your space call us on 0118 975 6298.

Kids Activities this May Half Term 2016

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Whether you are new to the world of climbing, or looking to improve your technical skills, this May Half Term, here at Reading Climbing Centre we will have the session for you and your family!

Our MAY HALF TERM Holiday Kids Climbing Activities kick start from Monday 30th May 2016 at Reading Climbing Centre include:

  • Kids, Adult & Family tasters
  • Kids One Off Casual Little Monkey Session 4-6yrs+
  • Kids One Off Casual Rock It Session 7-11yrs+
  • Kids One Off Casual Hang Time Session 12-17yrs+
  • Kids Half Day Sessions 7-11yrs
  • Improver Sessions & Courses: Improve your Climbing with our Coaches 8yrs+ - NEW for 2016!

NEW for 2016!

Improvers Sessions, what’s the crack! These sessions are for those aged between 8-17yrs old who already have the relevant safety skills for bottom rope climbing, but want to improve their technical climbing skills. This is perfect for NICAS kids working on Level 2 and above!


Little Monkeys (4-6yrs):

  • Mon/Wed/Fri – 12:00-13:00 & 15:00-16:00
  • Tues/Thurs/Sun – 12:00-13:00
  • Sat – 09:30-10:30

Rock-Its (7-11yrs):

  • Mon/Wed/Fri – 11:30-13:00 & 14:30-16:00
  • Tues/Thurs/Sun – 11:30-13:00
  • Sat – 09:30-11:00

Hangtime (12-17yrs):

  • Tues/Wed – 14:30-16:00

Kids Intro (7yrs+):

  • Tues/Wed/Thurs – 11:00-13:00

Kids Improver:

  • Thurs – 14:00-16:00

For more information on any of the above sessions or course, or how to book please ask at reception, call us on 0118 975 6298 or email us at