Half Term Activities

Reading Climbing Centre

This half term, we have a host of great activities for kids of all ages. Our kids clubs are a great way to keep active over the holidays, and a really good way to try climbing if you haven’t already!

The following sessions are available between the 16th and the 22nd of February:

  • Kids Intro to Climbing Courses (5&6 year olds and 7-11 year old courses available)
  • Daily Little Monkeys Sessions (5&6 year olds)
  • Daily Rock Its Sessions (7-11 year olds)
  • Half Day Kids Casual Clubs

Hurry, the sessions are already booking up, click through to our Booking Page for a full timetable and to book..

Coaches Blog: 2014, What a Year! What will 2015 bring?

Written by Danny Haynes – RCC CoachPetzl Neil Gresham WBL R2 (2)

With 2015 creeping in, and 2014 seeming like it was yesterday here at Reading Climbing Centre we have sprinted off the start line. Route setting has kept you all on your toes (excuse the coaching pun) over the Holiday period with over 100 new blocs in our newly designed boulder wall and more than 25 routes to go at. Off the backside of this coaching sessions here have gone through the roof, with 1:1’s being the order of the day along side our academy squad nights and our new open academy helping develop young talent from our NICAS & NIBAS programmes. Week nights seem to be ever increasing in popularity, with social nights adding to the mix of good music, great atmosphere and the occasional high pitched scream. Gear demos have also been a regular occurrence with the first Lyon Winter Wall Event with guest stars including Neil Gresham!

OWBL Round 2 (3)ur monthly Winter Bouldering League has come round again with Round 3 on Thursday 29th January, ensure you get down from 6pm for an evening of funky shapes and numerous apes swinging around. Alongside W.B.L this month we will be holding the first round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series (London and South East, North Region), a nationally recognised competition for kids aged from 7 – 17 with kicking off Saturday 24th Jan 2015: the perfect place to start your kids competition climbing career. This is sure to be poplar amongst the younger generation of climbers that are up and coming through the ranks, and one not to be missed even if you thought climbing wasn’t a spectator sport.

15911482342_1fc1f6cdaa_zAlongside all of these events the Academy is back to training mode, with a lot of the RCC staff following in their footsteps! If your keen to hop on the training train, then get in contact with us here at Reading Climbing Centre through January for our Get Fit Campaign and receive 20% off coaching sessions. 2014 saw RCC Academy Veteran (at 15!) Catrin Rose retaining her place in the GB Junior Lead Climbing Team, plus a whole host Academy Podiums in comps from the Welsh Open, British Lead Climbing Championships, Youth Lead Cup and our own WBL and Petzl Lead comps. Oh and not forgetting our guest Coaches James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini.

photoElliott our in house setter, coach and all round nice guy managed to redpoint his first ever 8a down at Cheddar Gorge. Top efforts all round I must add.

Our open academy has started up, with great turn outs on both Wednesday and Friday night. These are the up and coming kids to keep an eye out for when on a rope as they have undiscovered talent! Not forgetting our fresh out of the box NIBAS scheme is now up and running, with some great feedback from the kids so far, even the instructors seem to be getting something out of it.

So that’s 2015 so far with our ever growing sport going from strength to strength here at Reading Climbing Centre, we are all climbers so come have a chat if you ever need anything, and if you haven’t checkout our new Boulder wall or Comp wall get down soon!


NEW Kids National Climbing Schemes: NICAS & NIBAS Jan dates


Here at Reading Climbing Centre, we are happy to announce that not only are we starting the new year with a new term of NICAS but also introducing our first set of dates of the new National Indoor Bouldering Scheme, NIBAS! As of September 2014, the Climbing Centre Group, including Reading, Manchester and Harrogate became one of the first centres to be Primary Centres of both NICAS & NIBAS!!!


The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme 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. It is open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.

To book online for the new NICAS Jan Term click here…


The National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) is a nationwide Scheme designed to provide a structured progression for complete novices through to experienced indoor boulderers. The Scheme focuses introducing new and young climbers to the skills associated with climbing on artificial climbing walls without the use of harnesses or ropes. It is open to candidates aged 7 and upwards.

To book online for the new NIBAS Jan Term click term…

Great Christmas Deals & Opening Hours


Whether you are looking fro Christmas gifts for loved ones, or activities for friends and family over the festive period, we have something for everyone! Don’t forget to make use of the discount codes above, whether you are buying gift vouchers, or booking the course over the holidays.

Click through to our bookings page to buy vouchers, check out the kids club timetable or book a Taster Session!

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve: 10am – 4pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

27th Dec: 10am – 6pm

28th Dec: 10am – 6pm

29th Dec: 10am – 10pm

30th Dec: 10am – 10pm

New Years Eve: 10am – 4pm

New Years Day: Closed

All dates before Christmas Eve and after New Years Day are normal opening hours.

Coaches Blog: BMC Junior Lead Cup 2015 Round 1

15724823610_7ff628b651_zArticle written by Tom Vaessen, RCC Manager and Coach, Photos by Paul Rose.

Last Saturday saw the first round of the newly formatted BMC Junior Lead Cup 2015 and GB Junior Lead Team selection held at Awesome Walls Sheffield. Due to the two elements of the event, the Lead Cup and Team selection, it was obvious to say the Reading Academy members were psyched to empress and put all those months of training into action, as well as RCC Catrin Rose back to retain her GB Team place. Needless to say it was all to play for.

The day started with a 10am intro from BMC Climbing Wall & Competition Officer Rob Adie, leading straight into the 2 qualification routes. From the get go we could see that world class setter Yann Genoux and the legendary Steve McClure had pulled out all the stops creating almost unreadable routes, thank goodness fro all our route reading practice :)

Myself and Will Hatt, the RCC coaches on the day, spend some time with the team reading through their routes and ensuring the team new their routes move for move, clip for clip and had those all important options when needed.

Our Lead Cup RCC Academy Team consisted off Sam, Joe and Ewan in Boys Category B, James in Boys Category C and finally Catrin in Girls Category B. Now, how would they do…?

The team did us proud. After a gruelling qualification round, three of the RCC Academy Team made it though to the finals. This would all come down to up to 8 competitors battling it out over one final route!

Up first was Joe in Boys Category B. His was faced by a tricky slightly of vert blue route with a mid way crux on two extremely rounded volumes. This crux sequence was just a bit too much for the majority of boys dropping the hard second match. After Joe’s great performance at his first Lead Cup, he came joint 4th, but due to count back finished in 7th.

Next up was James. Last year he came second in Boys Category C so his sights were set on a podium position. His final route was extremely bouldery on a single steps wall, with a mixture of high steps, extremely bad crimps leading to two cruxs. The first of which involved a hard move over the lip of an awkward off balanced volume, then leading to a corner section with what can only be described as bad foot holds for hands :/ James gave it his all but after a slight stutter at the first crux he just couldn’t make the dynamic move over the lip. He however due to his great performance he secured a 3rd place podium position.

Finally for RCC was Catrin in Girls Category B. Her final was a very pumpy overhung line with a mid way double undercut move that spat a lot of the girls off! I am happy to say however not Catrin, she was extremely composed and found a sequence that suited her style. She managed to push through giving her best climb of the day, gaining her 1st place and securing her GB Junior Lead Team place for 2015.

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All in all a great day, great performances including 2 RCC podiums, 1 MCC podium and 2 GB Junior Lead Team members places retained for 2015 including Catrin Rose and Aiden Dunne. For full results of the Lead Cup, Team selection and the BMC report please click here…

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