The Summer has begun here at Reading Climbing Centre…

Kids' Holidays at Manchester Climbing Centre

Over the summer holidays we will be running a series of courses and sessions designed to make climbing accessible for all ages and abilities. Whether you are after a one off casual session or a half day course, we have it all…

Half-Day Kids Casual Club

Looking for something different and active for your kids to do this summer, if so, why not book them onto one of our ‘Half-day Kids Casual Sessions’.

Our instructors will be there at all times to make sure your kids are both safe and having fun. A short break is included, to ensure they have a chance to hydrate and re-fuel. These sessions are available on:

Tuesday’s 2.30pm-5pm

Thursday’s 10am-12.30pm

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Kids Intro Climbing Course

An entry level 1 week course (x3 2.5hrs sessions), aimed at junior beginners (7-17yrs), who would like to learn the basic skills involved in the sport of climbing, this is the best way to get your kids into climbing.

The course syllabus is based on NICAS Level 1, which is the UK nationally recognised climbing scheme, after this award you can progress through the levels of the scheme to become a competent climber.

Course price includes; tuition, equipment hire and Level 1/2 Logbook

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NICAS Drop-in Sessions

Levels 2 & above

These sessions are coached drop-in sessions for people already enrolled on the NICAS Scheme with us. They are available to be booked for children who are completing their NICAS level 2 or above. Please be aware this is a top-roped session.

These are running on a Tuesday (12.30pm-2pm) and Saturday (10.30am-12pm) thorough out the summer holiday period.

Levels 4 & 5

If you are currently completing NICAS levels 4-5 and would like a lead session please contact us as these can be booked on a per session basis for two or more children.

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Holiday Kids Clubs

We run one off kids clubs throughout the Summer Holidays for kids aged 5-17 years old

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

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

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

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Summer Showdown Returns…

From the team that brought you the Summer Festival, Summertime Rockz and the Winter Bouldering League now brings you the return of the SUMMER SHOWDOWN!!

RCC Summer Showdown 2014

The return of a completely new format for climbing competitions, bringing boulders AND routes together as one!

Four weeks of alternate disciplines with a week to complete each, leading to the combined mother of all finals!

The first week will feature 10 routes set from 4+ upwards on both top ropes and lead lines. You will have a week to complete them and scoring will follow the below detailed format. The following week will see 30 blocs go up (15 jnr/15 adults VB-V8+) but all 30 to be climbed by all again with a week to complete.

This cycle will be repeated 2 times and the final will be held on Wednesday 3rd Sept – it will feature both routes and boulders problems!

You can enter an individual aspect, but for the ultimate in climbing prizes, you will have to enter both!!

Routes Scoring Format:

Flash = 30 points

2nd go =  21points

3rd go =  9 points

Infinite goes = 3 point

Boulders Scoring Format:

Flash = 10 points

2nd go = 7 points

3rd go = 3 points

Infinite goes = 1 point

note: no bonus points for this comp


Male & Female Open

Male & Female Veteran (over 40)

Male & Female Junior (under 16)

note: only one category can be entered so choose wisely…


It doesn’t matter if you enter one or all five of the initial rounds, scores will be accumulated and the top 3 climbers at the end of the Summer Showdown Final with the highest combined scores (bouldering and routes) in their categories, will receive the ultimate prize.

There will also be a 1st prize for individual disciplines in each category.

note: there are no individual round prizes. 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes for combined scores only.

Comp/Round Start Dates & Event

Wednesday 9th July: Lead/Top Rope Comp

Wednesday 23rd July: Boulder Comp

Wednesday 13th August: Lead/Top Rope Comp

Wednesday 27th August: Boulder Comp

Wednesday 3rd Sepembert: Summer Showdown Final (Full details TBC)


Already confirmed setters include, Liam Halsey, Rob Lloyd, Matt VC along with our in-house setters, more to be announced very soon…

Each round (excluding the final) will open on the comp night from 6pm and scorecards must be handed in by the following Tuesday before 9.30pm. This gives you plenty of time to work those blocs and routes and get those all important points.

The Summer Showdown Final is a one day event (Full Details TBC)