Youth Climbing

Alongside the Village’s amazing Climbing facilities, YMCA runs a number of purpose-designed Climbing sessions for young people of all abilities. All sessions are supervised by qualified YMCA staff, here to keep you safe and help you have fun while reaching your goals!

What’s on for young people

NICAS Wild Climbers

Climbing sessions designed for children aged 5-7, with the goal of introducing them to the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) while having fun and exploring the climbing environment in an adventure-packed session. The sessions focus on developing key skills such as agility, balance, coordination, and teamwork. Sessions are 1 hour long and held throughout the week. Progress sticker books are available for £20 to track their progress.

Nicas Level 1-4

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (Nicas) is a fun and educational way to introduce 8-18-year-olds to climbing. Our Nicas Level 1-3 sessions are designed to help young climbers progress through the levels and improve their skills. Children can book onto a term of sessions on a regular evening (e.g., every Tuesday for a six-week term). Once climbers have achieved levels 1-3, they can join our Nicas Level 4 program. This program is designed for 12-18-year-olds who want to take their climbing skills to the next level. To book NICAS please call us on 01636 233 125.

Youth Climbing

Our Youth Climbing sessions are perfect for youths aged 11-17 who are keen to try climbing for the first time. We offer Taster Sessions as part of our Villager Youth membership offer, which is a great way to learn basic climbing skills and get a taste of what climbing is all about. These sessions are also available for ages 8-10 year olds as pay as you go members.

Open Climbing

If you’re under 18 and want to climb at our facility, you can attend our Open Climbing sessions as long as you’re accompanied by a ‘competent’ climber parent or guardian who has completed a novice supervision induction (waiver). This ensures that our young climbers are safe while they climb. The supervising parent is responsible for belaying their children, and can supervise a maximum of two under 18’s.

Youth Climbing Pricing

Wild Climbers and NICAS sessions

Wild Climbers Sessions for ages 5-7

Our Wild Climbers sessions are for young climbers for ages 5 – 7. It  aims to build key skills, such as coordination, balance, confidence and team work.

Sessions run on:

Tuesday 4pm-5pm
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm
Saturday 12pm-1pm


£60 for a 6 week block booking with membership/£70 without membership




NICAS Sessions for ages 8-18

Our NICAS sessions are aimed at ages 8 – 18 these sessions are designed to develop young climbers throughout their youth.

Sessions run on:

Tuesday 4:30pm-6:30pm
Thursday 4pm-6pm
Friday 4pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm


£50 for a 6 week block booking with a Villager Youth membership/£90 for a 6 week block booking with Supporter membership/£115 without membership

Group Sessions

Our group booking sessions are ideal for schools, parties, and groups of up to eight adults who want to try climbing for the first time. These 1.5-hour sessions are supervised by a coach and include bouldering and rope climbing.

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