Bank Holiday Weekend Opening Hours!



Great news for Bank Holiday Monday…

…we’re open as normal! That’s not the only good news, we also have a whole heap of new routes; lead & top rope, plus loads of new blocs! There really is something for everyone this Bank Holiday!


Operations Manager Vacancy at Reading Climbing Centre

Ops Manager Poster Landscape A4 V2

The Reading Climbing Centre is one of the UK’s premier climbing walls and we are excited to recruit an Operations Manager to be part of our 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, operations, health and safety, staff management, course management, staff training & development, NICAS, reception, instructing duties and administration.

Acting as our Senior Instructor you will look to continually develop course content as well as train and develop our staff as a mentor. We realise that our centre is only as good as our staff, and therefore we need an Operations Manager to keep-up staff morale, maintain our exceptionally high safety standards as well as 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, as well as PPE procedures. The successful candidate will work closely with the Centre Management team to ensure that all Health and Safety procedures and policies as well as Operational Procedures are followed. The role will also include Duty Manager responsibilities as well as instructional work.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management, organisational and administration skills
  • Attention to detail with a ‘task finisher’ attitude
  • Dynamic, enthusiastic and highly energetic with a desire to build a successful business that is customer focused
  • Strong work ethic and a team player who has the flexibility to help out in all aspects of the Centre
  • Staff management and team leading experience
  • Experienced in training delivery
  • Direct experience instructing a variety of groups within the climbing industry
  • Experience of delivering and administrating NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes)
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Single Pitch Award and First Aid (as a minimum)
  • IT literate with competence in Microsoft Office

The role would be based on a 40 hour working week, with a rolling shift pattern to include weekdays, evenings and weekends. It offers both competitive pay and generous benefits, with the opportunity to work for one of the largest and fastest growing Climbing Centre Groups in the UK.

Salary is dependent on experience.

To apply for the role please send your CV with a covering letter to the Centre Manager Tom Vaessen at

Closing date for applications is Friday 3rd June 2016.

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

May Half Term Square

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

May Bank Holiday Weekend


Great news for Bank Holiday Monday…

…we’re open as normal! That’s not the only good news, we also have a whole heap of new routes; lead, top rope & auto belay lines, plus loads of new blocs! There really is something for everyone this Bank Holiday!