The Climbing Hangar welcomes schools and community groups looking to do something a little out fo the ordinary.

Whether it’s a one off activity, or you would like to get your kids climbing regularly as part of the NIBAS award or a group project, we’re happy to help.

NIBAS: Progressive climbing awards for kids aged 7 and above

The National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) gives kids a structured programme of skills development as they explore their love of climbing. It delivers safety and physical skills alongside problem solving, confidence building and lots of social interaction as they learn how to support one another to succeed.

NIBAS is a fantastic way for schools and youth groups to offer something a little out of the ordinary whilst providing nationally recognised progression and attainment. It can even count towards GCSE syllabuses and is recognised by a number of the major exam boards.

How does it work?

NIBAS awards are delivered through a combination of coach-led sessions, where junior climbers are taught the skills they need and practice their climbs with expert guidance, and logbook sessions, where they complete a set number of climbs to demonstrate their abilities. Logbook sessions aren't coached but there is always a supervisor on hand to keep the kids safe and motivated!

Find out more about NIBAS on the Association of British Climbing Walls website.

Each award level requires six coach-led sessions, booked in a block. These can take place at a frequency and at times to suit you.

Climbers must have completed their coach-led sessions before moving on to the logbook sessions. These can be delivered with a Hangar coach supervising, or supervisor-trained group leaders can take responsibility.

The number of log book sessions required by an individual can vary depending on their speed and ability.

Pricing

  • Coach-led sessions: £70 per participant, maximum group size of eight
  • Hangar-led logbook session: £9.50 per participant per session
  • Group supervisor-led logbook session: £6.50 per participant per session

Group supervisors must be instructed and signed off at the Hangar before running their first session. This training is available for free.

Get in touch

We'd love to chat about how we can support schools and community groups, whether you want to find out more about NIBAS or you're interested in coming for a one off session. Drop Rachel and email with your questions and she'll be in touch as soon as possible!

Supervised climbing

Our qualified coaches do the instruction so you can sit back and relax.

  • 60 or 90 minute sessions with one of our qualified instructors (you can stay for a little longer if the children are completing work as part of their visit)
  • Group numbers from 6 to 10 kids per instructor
  • Sessions must be pre-booked
  • £9.50 per person for 60 mins, £12.50 for 90 mins

Drop us a line to organise a supervised coaching session.

Self-led sessions

Once you've completed our instructor training you're free to bring groups whenever you like, giving you tonnes of flexibility. You can then take advantage of:

  • Up to 90 mins of climbing for £6.50 per head
  • Group sizes of up to 10 kids per instructor
  • Group leaders climbing for free
  • Same day and last minute bookings (please call the centre if you've giving less than 24 hours' notice - 0151 345 0587)

Get in touch with details of the number in your group and your preferred session time and someone will be in touch to confirm your booking.

FAQs

How fit / strong do I need to be?

You don’t need to be fit or super strong to start climbing. You’ll find problems (what we call individual climbs) you can do on your first visit, and the more you practice the stronger you’ll become! Just make sure you warm up before you start to minimise the risk of injury, and you can get cracking right away (our staff can help if you need guidance – just ask).

What should I wear?

General sports gear is fine. The important thing is to be comfortable, and wear something that allows for a lot of movement. It can also be chilly at The Hangar, although you’ll warm up fast once you’re climbing, so layers are good. You can always remove your sweater once you get sweaty!

I want to come with a mate but they’re much better than me and I’m just starting out. Can we climb together?

We mix the problems on the wall, so beginner’s climbs will be next to more challenging climbs. This means people of all abilities can climb together throughout the centre.

I don't like heights - how high is the wall?

Bouldering isn’t about climbing high. The wall is only 4.2m at its highest point. And remember, while your hands might be at the top, your feet are unlikely to ever be more than 3m off the ground. The Climbing Hangar has crash mats throughout and we can teach you to land safely to minimise the risk of injury. As you gain in confidence you will stop noticing the heights.

What do the colours mean?

Each problem is set in one colour and each colour represents a particular difficulty level or grade. There is a board next to reception which explains which colours relate to which grade so you can easily identify problems for your skill level.

Why do I need to pre-register?

We do everything we can to make climbing fun, but it is still a dangerous activity. Registering is our way of making sure that you've had the basic safety messages. It includes a short video that explains what bouldering is and tips on how to stay safe on the wall. You'll then answer a couple of questions to make sure you've got the main points and be asked to complete a waiver document stating that you understand what you're getting yourself in to!

It takes a few minutes and it's often easier to do it at home so when you arrive for your first climb you're all set to go.

We want to bring a group of kids down - how many adults need to be with the group?

You must have one adult with you for every two children, and this includes children who aren't climbing. So for four children you would need two adults. 

Children under four can climb here but supervision must be one-to-one and you must be within arm's reach of your child at all times. So if you're bringing two children, one of whom is under four, you'll need two adults supervising.

You will be turned away if there aren't enough adults to supervise the kids as our insurance wouldn't cover you. Take a look at our guidance on supervising children at the Climbing Hangar.

The only exception to this is where you have done our instructor training in order to bring down a school or youth group.