Department of Sport

Childrens Climbing


We have a number of opportunities to introduce children to climbing and give them the confidence and support they'll need to get to the top!

From introductory taster sessions to Birthday parties or external youth groups we can provide all the training and equipment your child needs to have a fun, safe and rewarding session on the wall.

If you want to take your own children climbing we ask that you complete a registration form at reception to demonstrate competence. Young people aged under 16 years old will need to be accompanied by a parent / guardian at all times when using the climbing wall. The parent / guardian will also need to complete a supervising form for their child before each visit. 

There is no minimum age for children, but parents are fully responsible for supervising their children and ensuring their safety while in the climbing wall.

To register your interest for any of our children's sessions please contact our climbing wall team.

Children's Birthday Parties

We are pleased to offer climbing birthday parties for children aged 5 - 16 years old. Our expert climbing team will show your group all the basics of climbing in a fun friendly environment.

  • 6 people    - 75 min  - £65.00
  • 12 people  - 75 min  - £120.00 

  • Bookable on Saturdays between 2.30 -3.30pm and 3.30-5pm outside of term time only (please enquire if you require alternative times/days - subject to availability)
  • All sessions are led by a qualified climbing instructor.
  • All climbing equipment is included, please ensure your group are wearing training shoes (open toed sandals and flip flops are not acceptable). Skirts or dresses should not be worn without shorts or leggings underneath.
  • Food can also be booked through our onsite cafe.

To book a climbing party, please contact our  climbing wall team

Birthday Party Dates
Contact the Climbing Wall Team
Dates Available:
6 & 7 Aug 2.30pm
13 & 14 Aug 2.30pm
20 & 21 Aug  2.30pm
3 & 4 Sep  2.30pm
10 & 11 Sep 2.30pm
17 & 18 Sep 2.30pm



Children's Climbing Tasters - Throughout the Summer - Commencing Sat 30 July

This summer we will be running Childrens sessions every Saturday and Sunday mornings. If you are interested in these sessions please contact DRSV reception. Sessions will be 75mins long and start at 9.30am and 11am. Advance booking is required. Please visit or call David Ross Sports Village 0115 748 7000 to book a place. Age 6 and upwards only. For more information please contact: 


Children's Climbing School - Starting September 2022

The childrens climbing school runs during school terms. Sessions run on Saturdays and Sundays 9am, 10.15am & 11.30am and must be booked in advance through David Ross Sports Village reception or by calling 0115 7487000. 

Our next block of sessions will start in September. The course teaches children how to climb, through a progressive series of sessions, with specific objectives to achieve throughout the term. 

The cost of the course varies from term to term depending on how many sessions £8.80/£10.00 per session. Sorry but drop ins are not available.

For further details please contact the climbing team.

Duration: 1 hour (Rock Monkey & Junior) 90 mins Rock Youth

Saturdays & Sundays (following school term dates )TimeCost 
Rock Monkeys (School Year 1, 2 & 3) 9am - 10am                      £61.5 per half term
Rock Junior (School Year 4, 5 & 6) 9am - 10am  £61.25 per half term
Rock Monkeys (School Year 1, 2 & 3) 10.15am - 11.15am   £61.25 per half term
Rock Junior (School Year 4, 5 & 6) 10.15am - 11.15am £61.25 per half term
Rock Youth (School Year 7+) 11.30am - 1pm  £70 per helf term


Parent / Guardian Climbing Supervisor Session

If you’ve not climbed before, or would like to refresh your skills, we’ve developed two modules for parents / guardians. These short 1 hour sessions will provide you with the skills needed to supervise your child safely on the climbing wall and are required if you have not already registered with us as a competent climber / boulderer. Please contact the climbing wall team if you are interested in these sessions.

Module 1: This is for the auto belay and bouldering wall only. The session will cover the important safety points of fitting harnesses, connecting to the auto belay and safe use of the bouldering wall.

Module 2: This is for the main climbing wall. The session will cover the required safety aspects associated with using the wall including tying on, belaying and lowering. Module 1 must be completed first unless you are already registered to use the bouldering wall.

Duration: 1 hour for each module

Parental SupervisionPublic MembersNon-MembersStudent /Staff /Alumi/Associate
Parent / Guardian Climbing Supervisor Session £20.00 £20.00  £15.00


 How to book

  • All climbing sessions must be booked in advance

  • Please contact our  climbing team if you are interested in these sessions

University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000