Kids & Youth Clubs

Reading Climbing Centre runs regular Kids’ Clubs for all ages, as well as birthday parties and family sessions. Anyone over the age of 5 can come and have a climb at Reading Climbing Centre, so whether you want a fun activity session for your kids, or a great lesson for your pupils or youth group, you’re in the right place!

Climbing is a great way for kids to develop fitness, communication skills and make new friends!There are climbs of every level of difficulty, from beginners to rock stars of the future! Climbing is a great confidence-builder and often brings quiet children out of their shell. As climbing is outside of the traditional PE sports, it often appeals to children who are not usually ‘sporty’ as well as their more athletic peers.

If you are looking to bring a group from an organisation (school youth club etc), please see our Schools & Groups section. RCC has great transport links so we are easily accessible for all areas of Reading and Berkshire.

    Birthday Parties


    Try a climbing birthday party and keep your youngsters & their friends talking about it for weeks!

    Birthday parties at the climbing centre are a fun, active and unusual way to celebrate. Climbing is a great activity that is suitable for kids of all ages and abilities and birthday parties at the Reading Climbing Centre concentrate on having as much fun as possible during the session!

    Each birthday party is tailored to the individual group, but typically involves warm-up games and activities, roped climbing, getting everybody involved in the activity, and depending on the age and aptitude of the children, a session on our crash-mat protected bouldering wall. Every birthday party at Reading Climbing Centre is lead by one of our fully trained climbing instructors, and are run on a 1:9 ratio.

    Birthday party food is also provided, made fresh on the day by our on site Picnic cafe. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced where possible.

    Prices:
    Birthday Party (5 – 99 year-olds!)
    With Food
    First 6 places £130.00/£133.00 (Pizza)
    Extra places £20.00/£20.50 (Pizza)
    Without Food
    First 6 places £100.00
    Extra places £15.00

     

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    NICAS

    NICAS - Child climbing

    NICAS National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

    For the NEW Feb 2014 NICAS Term click here….

    The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is the only nationally recognised scheme that introduces new climbers to climbing on artificial climbing walls. The scheme focuses on skill development and safety as well as climbing ability, and is split into 5 award levels.

    NICAS is open to climbers of all ages and abilities, as it covers all aspects from the absolute basics to advanced climbing techniques. Reading Climbing Centre is a NICAS Primary Centre. Only Primary Centres can deliver the whole NICAS syllabus.

    Aims of the scheme:

    • to develop climbing skills and improve levels of ability
    • to learn climbing rope-work and how to use equipment safely
    • to develop risk assessment and management skills in the sport
    • to work as a team, communicate with, and trust a climbing partner
    • 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 challenges in climbing beyond the scheme

    NICAS is ideal for school and youth groups who are looking to book a series of sessions at Reading Climbing Centre. Participants can do as much or as little of the scheme as they wish, as each level carries its own award. All participants have their own logbook and certificates to keep a record of their achievements.

    NICAS provides a structured scheme of achievement that is recognizes by all participating walls. It can sit alongside GCSE and A Level PE courses (depending on the syllabus used) to provide an extra award for participants.

    For more information, including a synopsis of each award level, please visit www.nicas.co.uk

    Kids & Youth Clubs

    Kids Clubs
    Reading Climbing Centre has lots on offer to Reading kids all year round! NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) courses are give you the chance to gain certificates in a series of fun sessions. These courses coincide as much as possible with school terms and holidays. We believe this structured approach enables us to offer a fulfilling and productive session while still keeping a fun and light-hearted approach.

    Alongside these courses, Reading Climbing Centre also run some casual kids’ sessions. These cater for those that are unable to commit to a course, don’t focus on the NICAS scheme, but they are a great way to get climbing in a fun environment. All courses or casual sessions require pre-booking due to limited places

    Our Reading kids’ clubs are delivered as follows:

    Little Monkeys- Sessions – 5 and 6 year olds
    Getting young children having a go and gaining some basic climbing skills in a fun environment.

    Rock-Its- Sessions – 7 to 11 years olds
    Either working towards NICAS in 6 week courses or attending occasional casual sessions

    Hang Time- Sessions – 11 to 17 year olds.
    Either working towards NICAS in 6 week courses or attending occasional casual sessions

    If you have any questions regarding these clubs, please feel free to ask at main reception.

    Dates & times for our courses are:

    Little Monkeys

    Ages 5 & 6
    Saturday 10.30-11.30
    Sunday 10.30-11.30

    Price:

    These are casual sessions bookable each week. £10 per head, per session.

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    Rock-Its

    Ages 7 to 11

    NICAS courses are 6 weeks long, and run at the following times, beginning each school half term:

    NICAS Level One

    Saturday 11.30-13.00
    Sunday 11.30-13.00
    Monday 18.00-19.30
    Thursday 16.30-18.00
    Friday 16.30-18.00

    NICAS Level Two/Three (Climbers must have already completed Level One)

    Saturday 11.30-13.00
    Sunday 11.30-13.00
    Monday 16.30-18.00
    Wednesday 16.30-18.00
    Thursday 16.30-18.00
    Friday 16.30-18.00

     

    Price:

    Cost is £75 per head for the whole course. For climbers not already registered on the NICAS scheme, the registration and logbook fee is £4.00 for Levels One and Two, and £7.50 for Levels Three to Five.

    Casual Rock-It sessions will also be available on Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-11.30am. £15 per head, per session.

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    Hang Time

    Ages 11 to 17
    NICAS courses are 6 weeks long, starting at the beginning of each half term:

    NICAS Level One

    Monday 18.00-19.30
    Thursday 18.00-19.30

    NICAS Level Two/Three (Climbers must have already completed Level One)

    Sunday 11.30-13.00
    Monday 16.30-18.00
    Tuesday 16.30-18.00
    Tuesday 18.00-19.30
    Thursday 18.00-19.30

    Technical Development (Climbers must have already completed Level Three)

    Tuesday 18.00-19.30
    Wednesday 18.00-19.30
    Thursday 18.00-19.30

    Level 4 (Climbers must have already completed Level Three)

    Tuesday 18.00-19.30
    Wednesday 18.00-19.30
    Friday 18.00-19.30

    Level 5 (Climbers must have already completed Level Four)

    Friday 18.00-19.30

     

    Prices:

    Cost is £70 per head for the whole course. For climbers not already registered on the NICAS scheme, the registration and logbook fee is £4.00 for Levels One and Two, and £7.00 for Levels Three to Five.

    Casual Hang Time sessions will also be available on Saturday 11.30-13.00 & Sunday 10.00-11.30. £15 per head, per session.

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    To make a booking on one of our Reading Kids’ clubs please call us on 0118 975 6298

    NB We run extra Reading Kids Clubs over the SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, click through to our HOLIDAY KIDS CLUB Tab for more info!

    Kids Holidays

    Kids Holidays
    Reading Climbing Centre runs kids holiday clubs in every school holiday. The are fun sessions split into age groups in exactly the same way as our term-time kids clubs:

    For the Feb 2014 Half Term timetable click here…

    Holiday Kids Clubs

    We run extra Little Monkeys and Rock Its sessions throughout the holidays for young climbers aged 5 to 11.

    Little Monkeys (5 and 6 year-olds)

    Little Monkeys is a great way to get your young climbers going and building one their skills in a fun environment. Sessions are taught for one hour in small groups, and give your young climbers the chance to have a go and get into climbing.

    Cost: £10 per session

    Times:

    Monday to Friday: 11.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 10.30am – 11.30am

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    Rock-Its Club (7 to 11 year-olds)

    These clubs are a great way for young climbers to progress further and meet other climbers of their age. Come along to a casual session and see how you get on, then you may also want to join one of our 6-week NICAS courses next term!

    Cost: £15 per session

    Times:

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 12.30pm – 2.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm

    Tuesday & Thursday: 11.00am – 12.30pm & 12.00pm – 1.30pm

    Saturday: 11.30am – 1.00pm

    Sunday: 10.00am – 11.30am

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    Hang Time (11 to 17 year-olds)

    Hang Time is a youth club for older kids and teenagers with a real social element. The sessions are relaxed whilst focusing on enjoyment and teaching climbing technique and the safety skills required to progress in the sport.

    Cost: £15 per session

    Times:

    Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 11.00am – 12.30pm & 12.00pm – 1.30pm

    Tuesday & Thursday: 12.30pm – 2.00pm & 1.30pm – 3.00pm

    Saturday: 11.30am – 1.00pm

    Sunday: 10.00am – 11.30am

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    Or give us a call to book your place!

    Junior Sign Off

    Junior Sign Off
    If you are a regular climber aged between 14 and 17, you may want to start climbing without needing adult supervision. To do this, you will need to gain a Green Card (allowing you to climb on top ropes only), and if you wish, a Yellow Card (allowing you to lead climb as well).

    Green Card Sign-Off Sessions

    These sessions are 90 minutes long and give you the opportunity to show us what you know! During the session, you will need to demonstrate that you can:

    • Use climbing equipment correctly
    • Tie in to your harness
    • Belay safely
    • Hold a falling climber
    • Behave in a consistently safe and responsible manner in the centre.

    This is an assessment session only, no instruction in ropework or belaying will be given.

    If you need more instruction to get you to a standard where you can climb unsupervised, you will need to book a session with an instructor first.

    Course Cost: £30 per head, minimum of 2, maximum of 4 climbers.

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    Yellow Card Courses

    The Yellow Card is available to people who already hold Green Card, and allows you to lead climb without direct supervision.

    In order to pass a Yellow Card Assessment, you must demonstrate the following:

    • Safe and appropriate use of climbing equipment
    • Safe belaying of a lead climber
    • Holding a falling climber
    • Clipping confidently and safely
    • Consistent safe and responsible behaviour in the centre

    This is an assessment session only, no instruction in ropework or belaying will be given.

    If you need more instruction to get you to a standard where you can climb unsupervised, you will need to book a session with an instructor first.

    Course Cost: £30 per head, minimum of 2, maximum of 3 climbers.

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    Green and Yellow Card sessions can be booked at a time to suit you. You must have consent from your parent or guardian to undertake a Green or Yellow card.

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