Discover Junior Rock Climbing at The XC

Calling all young adventurers! Get ready to conquer new heights with Junior Climbing at The XC.

Our indoor rock climbing programs are designed for young climbers aged from as young as 3 all the way up to 17 year olds, offering a range of options for beginners and experienced junior climbers alike. From taster sessions for complete beginners to competitive junior climbing clubs, we provide a safe environment with fully trained instructors. Fuel their enthusiasm for adventure and watch them soar at The XC!

Introducing The Fun Of Indoor Kids Rock Climbing

Mini Mountaineers

Calling all mini adventurers! Mini Mountaineers is here to turn young children’s climbing dreams into reality. With expert supervision over a fun-filled 60-minute duration, kids aged 3 to 4 can experience the thrill of junior rock climbing in a safe and supportive environment.

Little Rockies

Our program is specially designed for kids in the 5 to 6 age range, giving them the opportunity to develop coordination and experience the physical challenge of junior rock climbing. With the help of our expert instructors, your little ones will conquer smaller climbs and build confidence, all while having a blast!

Private Climbing Session

Our Private Climbing Sessions are perfect for kids aged 5 and above. Whether your child is an anxious beginner looking to learn the ropes, or an experienced climber wanting to improve their skills, our instructors will provide expert guidance and support every step of the way.

Junior Rock Climbing Club

Are you ready to take your child’s experience to the next level? Join our Junior Climbing Club, designed for young climbers aged 7 to 13. This club offers a variety of exciting challenges and opportunities for growth, all under the guidance of our experienced instructors. Our club is perfect for kids to climb with like-minded friends and even compete in climbing competitions.

NICAS Junior Rock Climbing Courses:
NICAS Junior Courses options (Ages 7 to 17)

Our NICAS Junior Courses cater to young climbers aged 7 to 17 and offer a diverse range of coaching options suitable for every level and ability. Whether your child is a beginner or an experienced climber, we have courses designed to meet their needs. Our junior courses are structured according to the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) framework, which provides a progressive and comprehensive approach to climbing education.

NICAS Level 1

NICAS Level 1 is the perfect starting point for young climbers who are new to the sport. In this level, participants will learn the basic skills and techniques of rock climbing in a supportive and fun environment.

NICAS Level 2

NICAS Level 2 is the next step in your child’s climbing journey. Building on the skills learned in Level 1, this level focuses on developing more advanced techniques and building strength and endurance. Participants will also have the opportunity to set personal goals and track their progress as they work towards achieving their NICAS Level 2 certificate.

NICAS Level 3

NICAS Level 3 is an exciting opportunity for young climbers to further expand their skills and knowledge. In this level, participants will delve deeper into the world of climbing, learning advanced techniques and building fitness. They will also develop a greater understanding of safety protocols and gain experience in managing risk while on the wall.

NICAS Level 4

The NICAS Level 4 course is specifically designed for climbers aged 12 to 17 who have already completed the Level 3 course. This advanced level focuses on honing technical skills and building a strong foundation for future climbing endeavours. Participants will be challenged with more complex routes and techniques. They will learn advanced rope work, including lead climbing and belaying techniques.

Why Choose Rock Climbing at The XC?


What if my child has never climbed?

If your child new to climbing, there is no need to worry! Rock climbing for kids is specifically designed for beginners. We have various taster sessions and beginner experiences available, allowing you to experience the thrill of rock climbing without having to commit to a course. In addition, we offer junior courses for 3-year-olds upwards for bouldering and climbing. They will be accompanied by experienced instructors who will provide guidance throughout your journey. 

At The XC, the safety of our participants is our top priority. We are dedicated to creating a secure climbing environment by strictly adhering to the safety protocols established by the Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC). Our climbing walls undergo regular inspections and maintenance by certified professionals to ensure their structural integrity. 

 We provide all the necessary safety equipment, including harnesses, helmets, and top ropes. Our friendly instructors are highly knowledgeable in proper belaying techniques and will be there to assist you throughout your climbing experience. Our instructors are always available to assist you, as we maintain set instructor-to-climber ratios. 

Dress appropriately according to the temperature outside. Although we are an enclosed building, it can be hot in summer and cold in winter. Wear layers that can be easily removed if you become hot. Dresses and skirts are not permitted. Remove all jewelry and if you have long hair, this must be tied back into a low ponytail. 

We do offer equipment hire for shoes, harnesses, belay devices, and chalk bags for rental if you don’t have your own but these are subject to availability. If you have your own equipment that is in good condition you can use it. (Note to climbers: You’ll need to bring an appropriately rated 30m rope (minimum) to lead the walls at XC.) 

Yes, you can definitely organise a climbing party or event at The XC! We offer group packages for birthdays, corporate events, and other special occasions. Our experienced instructors will be there to ensure everyone has a fantastic time while maintaining a safe and enjoyable climbing experience. Whether you’re planning a fun day out with friends or team-building activities for your colleagues, our climbing walls and facilities provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable event. Visit our party page for more info