Groups & Schools

Reading Climbing Centre caters for groups of all kinds. Whether you are part of a school or youth organisation, a corporate customer looking for a team building or social event, an external climbing instructor looking to use our facilities, or are interested in delivering the NICAS scheme through Reading Climbing Centre, the information below should help you:

    Access for All

    Access for All - Reading Climbing Centre

    Our instructors have experience of working with groups with a wide range of special needs.

    Sessions can be tailored to the needs of the group and instructors have a range of techniques to include climbers of all abilities. Climbing can aid the development of co-ordination and motor skills, as well as giving individuals achievable goals outside of the mainstream education system.

    For people with some physical disabilities, our assisted hoist system is available. This is set up in our abseil tower and gives people a sense of the height and exposure that is experienced through climbing.

    We are currently working on the NICAS scheme with a group of visually impaired adults from Galloways Society for the Blind. Galloways have transposed the NICAS handbook onto CD, and we hope this will lead to more visually impaired people achieving great things through climbing!

    Reading Climbing Centre has full wheelchair access and disabled facilities. Please get in touch with your specific requirements on 0118 975 6298.

    School Trips

    NICAS Kids Clubs

    NICAS National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

    Climbing is rewarding, educational and fun!

    Reading Climbing Centre is the ideal setting for fun and exciting school trips or group visits. There is a huge variety of sessions available for young people aged 5 and upwards. Climbing is a great way to develop fitness, teamwork and communication skills in an enjoyable and exhilarating environment.

    Climbing is Tailored to Suit You!

    We are here to help you tailor activities to your needs, from a one-off climbing and abseiling session, to a structured programme running over a series of weeks or months. RCC can cater for GCSE and A Level syllabuses if required, and can supplement regular indoor sessions with outdoor trips in the summer months. Sessions can be run for groups as small as five up to as many as 90 climbers. Sessions are all fully supervised by qualified instructors, ensuring that each child receives the encouragement and attention they require. All equipment hire is included in any booking with Reading Climbing Centre.

    Climbing is Nationally Accredited!

    If you wish, your group can also work on NICAS, the nationally accredited scheme recognising achievement in indoor climbing. This scheme consists of five levels, ranging from learning the basics to becoming a competent lead climber. Reading Climbing Centre is the NICAS Primary Centre for Berkshire.

    Climbing is Inclusive!

    The instructing staff at Reading Climbing Centre are trained to work well with a wide range of groups including those with learning or behavioural difficulties, and those with a wide range of physical disabilities.

    Climbing is Well Regulated!

    RCC is regulated by the ABC

    The climbing centre holds an AALA licence and is a member of the Association of British Climbing Walls. Staff are subject to enhanced CRB checks and hold First Aid certificates. If you prefer, you can bring your own instructors to use the facilities at the centre, provided they hold appropriate qualifications and insurance.

    Climbing is Great Value!

    Please contact us to discuss your exact requirements, but we have created some example packages below:

    9 students for 1 hour = £90.00

    9 students for 1.5 hours = £117.00

    9 students for six 1.5 hour sessions = £702.00

    Further discounts may be available for block bookings or very large groups.

    Climbing is a memorable and exciting experience for any child, and is a valuable addition to a rounded education.

    For further information or booking please contact us, and please read through our Terms & Conditions of booking.

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    Corporate Events

    Corporate events at Reading Climbing Centre

    Climbing corporate events whether indoor or outdoor, are thrilling and stimulating activities that are both physically active and mentally challenging.

    By its nature, climbing demands high levels of trust and co-operation from participants which builds a strong bond of confidence and team spirit.

    Strong communication skills are required from all involved in order to develop trust and reliance on team members, and to offer support and advice to the individual climbing. It is an opportunity to see others in a completely new situation, which requires mental concentration as well as physical action.

    Corporate events can be arranged through our Corporate Manager to fit your needs, for a range of group sizes. The session will be run by one of our experienced instructors, all of whom are keen climbers with a vast collective knowledge and understanding of technical skills.

    Information for Corporate Clients

    Who are we?

    Reading Climbing Centre is the most recent development by John Dunne, famous climber and man behind the Manchester and Harrogate Climbing Centre’s. It is one of the largest dedicated indoor climbing facilities in South East of England, catering for both complete beginners and experienced climbers.

    What do we do?

    As well as providing a comprehensive teaching and training facility, that includes 91 dedicated climbing lines, a fully appointed bouldering area, conference facilities, changing rooms, equipment shop and climber’s café, we also offer a number of services to the business community, whether it be just for fun or for development training purposes.

    Who have we worked with?

    Previous corporate customers to date include names such as, Intel, Ericsson, Visa and many more Berkshire based companies.

    Intel Corporate Event at Reading Climbing Centre              Ericsson Corporate Event at Reading Climbing Centre               VISA Corporate Event at Reading Climbing Centre

    How do we structure session or events?

    At your initial inquiry we would discuss your requirements, so that we can establish your specific wants and needs from a session\event. From there we would then put together a framework designed to fulfill your criteria. Below are a few examples of the kinds of events we can organize:-

    General Climbing Events

    Under the supervision our qualified instructors, groups can have a go at an array of climbing activities, which can be geared toward purely having fun or actually learning the necessary basic climbing skills. All the activities tend to have elements of teamwork, so everyone can get involved and share the experience.

    Team Building/Management Training Events

    By its very nature climbing builds and develops strong bonds of trust and cooperation within a group, whilst still being a highly enjoyable.  This makes it an ideal format for team building and management training events.

    We would tailor an agenda aim at delivering content you want covered, in a fun and exciting way, which everyone can take part in no matter their level fitness.

    Our senior instructors would conduct the bulk of the training, though we will be more than happy to bring in specialist consultants or work with your in-house trainers.

    Fund Raising and other Corporate Events

    We also are always open to holding charitable events, and hiring out parts of the centre during quiet periods to organisations wishing to include our activities into promotional events or product launches.

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    External Instructors

    External instructors - Reading Climbing Centre

    Qualified climbing instructors are welcome to bring their own groups to Reading Climbing Centre. All you need to do is bring in a copy of your qualification certificate (SPA /CWA or higher), your current First Aid certificate and the insurance document that covers you working with your group.

    If you wish, you can also do an induction with our NICAS trainers that would allow you to deliver the NICAS scheme in the centre. The cost of this induction is £50.00 per head. This is reduced to £35.00 per head if you have a group of 4 or more instructors wishing to be inducted.

    You don’t need to book in advance to bring your own group to Reading Climbing Centre, although if you are planning to bring a very big group it is better to call ahead to make sure no other large groups are due in the centre. This allows us to make sure there is enough wall space for your group to have a great session!

    Groups coming into the wall with an external instructor are charged as follows:


    • Per Session – £8.00
    • Half-day (4hrs) – £24
    • Full Day – (8hrs) – £40

    Clients – Standard peak or off-peak entry fees apply. Pre-paid passes are valid for externally instructed sessions.

    Instructors are asked to work within our maximum group ratios of 1:9 and work within their relevant qualification.

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