Junior Climbing

Junior Climbing

Junior Climbing

1 safety tested adult may directly supervise a maximum of 2 under 18s whilst climbing.

We offer a great range of climbing opportunities for 4-17 year olds; everything from a weekend casual session – ideal for beginners, to our NICAS courses which run for full school terms. For more information or to book a session / course please give us a call on 01483 683698.


The perfect activity on a rainy afternoon! Casual Climbing Sessions are for ages 4-6, and 7-13-year olds and are a great introduction to climbing in a fun, active way. During the session, our instructors will take the children on the tall, roped climbing walls, and introduce them to the bouldering walls as well. We aim to keep the children climbing as much as possible and use up lots of energy! It is also a great way to try out climbing before booking a Weekly NICAS course for ages 7+. Casual Climbs can be booked online by creating a Surrey Sports Park guest account.

Our 1:4 60 minute 4-6yrs Casual Climbs cost £15.50 per person and run on weekends at 14:00-15:00 during term time. Session timings during the school holidays may vary.

Our 1:6 90 minute 7-13yrs Casual Climbs cost £20.50 per person and run on weekends at 15:30-17:00 during term time. Session timings during the school holidays may vary.


Climbing is a fantastic sport for birthday parties as it is active, exciting and keeps the whole group engaged. Our birthday parties are for ages 4-6, and 7-13-year olds and are a great introduction to climbing for complete beginners. During the session, our instructors will take the children on the tall, roped climbing walls, and will play climbing party games on the shorter bouldering walls as well. We aim to keep the children climbing as much as possible and use up lots of energy. Birthday parties can be booked during Casual Climbing session times, by booking out all spaces, or at certain other times on the weekend. Please call us on 01483 683698 to enquire about availability or make a booking.

A 60 minute 4-6yrs birthday party for up to four children costs £62.

A 90 minute 7-13yrs birthday party for up to six children costs £123.

Surrey Sports Park is proud to host Bench Bar which has an exciting new menu for children. A booking in Bench can be arranged to follow your party for £8.50 per child. Please contact Bench on 01483 683 888 to enquire about availability.


Private Tuition can be booked for whenever we have an instructor available. Our private lessons start at £30 for a 1:1 Private lessons are perfect for families looking to try climbing together, first-time climbers who would rather not be in a group, taster sessions for NICAS and more. Our instructors can accommodate the session to your needs and will adjust their instructing style to suit you. To enquire about availability please email us at climbing@surreysportspark.co.uk or call us on 01483 683698 to book.


The Junior Sign-Off is for experienced 14-17-year-old climbers who wish to use the wall without a parent or instructor supervising them. It is a 1:1 assessment with an instructor lasting up to 60 minutes and costs £30. Children can be assessed for bouldering only, top rope climbing and / or lead climbing. During the assessment we will ask the child to demonstrate best practise in all areas of their chosen climbing discipline.

Please note, children under 16 must have a parent / guardian present in the building during any independent climbing sessions.

To book a junior sign-off please call us on 01483 683698.


NICAS is a nationally-recognised scheme by the Association of British Climbing which helps to standardise the teaching and coaching of young climbers in an engaging manner.

The key aim is to provide a safe introduction to climbing for young people aged 7 years and up on artificial climbing structures. Those who are keen to progress through to the higher levels also start to look wider and learn more about the history, ethics and styles of both indoor and outdoor climbing.

There are approximately 240 centres that run the ABC’s schemes. Between them they have introduced over 120,000 young people to climbing. With logbooks to work through and certificates for achievement, the climber, parent and coach, can easily monitor and record skill development and progression through the sport.

The five levels of NICAS are:

New Climber

An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

Foundation Climber

Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

Technical Climber

A more advanced top-roping and bouldering award that focusses on developing technique and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

Lead Climber

Concentrating on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. Aimed at developing a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.

Advanced Climber

The top-level award that focuses on improving performance, a deeper understanding of climbing systems and the wider world of climbing, as well as experience of local and national competitions.

Our NICAS sessions run after-school, and at weekends. Levels 1-4 cost £162 for a 12-week term, whilst Level 5 costs £192. Sessions are 90 minutes long (with the exception of Level 5 being 2 hour-long sessions) and are weekly. Priority booking is given to students from the previous term, but we love to welcome new climbers of all ages.

All three English GCSE and A-level exam boards (AQA, Edexcel and OCR) recognise NICAS as a means to teach climbing, hence candidates who have passed Level 3 meet the GCSE requirements. The NICAS scheme can also be used towards Duke of Edinburgh, Scouting, A-Level and BTEC qualifications.

Bookings for the Autumn Term will open Wednesday 4th August. We do not have a waiting list for NICAS.


Our Youth Squad is made up of passionate young athletes who show huge potential in their skill, and their overall commitment to climbing.

Our Junior Academy Membership for ages 5-7 costs £50 peer month and includes one 60-minute session per week on Fridays.

Our Youth Development Squad Membership for ages 7-13 costs £83 per month and includes two 90-minute coach-led training sessions per week on Mondays and Saturdays.

Our Youth Performance Squad Membership for ages 14-17 costs £140 per month and includes two 2.5-hour coach-led training sessions per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

As well as up to five hours per week of coaching time here’s what’s included in our Squad Memberships:

Free physio sessions with The Treatment Room

Free entry to Surrey Summit

Free Adult Beginner Course for parents

Coach attended trips to YCS, Blockfest and local competitions

Free entry to our Bi-Monthly bouldering Competitions

Personalised goal setting and training plans from your Climbing Coaches and Surrey Sports Park Personal Trainers

Daily support and encouragement

Private Surrey Summit Squad parents-only Facebook group

If your child is interested in trying-out for a place in our Youth Performance Squad, please contact us on 01483 683698 to book a £30 private lesson with a Squad Coach or email us at climbing@surreysportspark.co.uk to find out more.

Keep up to date with our latest service changes

Before you visit us, we recommend checking our new Latest Service Updates page which will be regularly updated with any adjustments to our usual services. This may include changes to opening hours, timetables or facility usage.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these changes may cause you and hope to see you soon at Surrey Sports Park!

Guest Notice – Face Coverings

From Saturday 19th September, it will be essential for every person in Surrey Sports Park’s communal areas to wear a face covering. This is in-line with the campus-wide policy introduced by the University of Surrey.

The policy does not apply whilst taking part in sport and exercise and activity areas are exempt.

The University considers that the responsibility of wearing a face covering sits with individuals and we expect all our staff, students and public to adhere to this requirement where possible.

Please be mindful and respectful towards members of our community who, due to exceptional circumstances, may be unable to wear a face covering; their reasons may not be visible to others.

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Surrey Sports Park


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