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 Saturdays at 12:00 – 13:00 and on Sundays 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 on Saturdays at 13:30 – 15:00 and 15:15 – 16:45 and on Sundays at 15:15 – 16:45 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 £25. 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 weekly NICAS sessions are run after school and on weekends. Levels 1-4 are 90-mins and cost £14.50 per session, whilst level 5 is 2 hours long and costs £17 per session. Payments for the term are taken at full before the start of term. 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 NICAS can be taken over the phone. The dates for booking are as follows:

28/03/22 – 07/04/22 for current people on NICAS to rebook onto the same session

08/04/22 – 10/04/22 for current people on NICAS to either move up a level or move session within the same level

11/04/22 for new people to book onto any available spaces (waiting list depending)

Bookings for a term open in the first week of the preceding half-term. If you would like to register interest before this, give us a call and we can add you to our waiting list.


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 £85 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:

25% off physio in TTR

Free entry to Surrey Summit

Free beginner’s and L2L courses for parents

Coach attended competitions

Free entry to Surrey Summit competitions (no longer bi-monthly)

Personalised climbing plans

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.

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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.

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