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 must 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.

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) - we are now a NICAS delivery centre and we will be starting to offer the award after Easter. Parents will be required to purchase a scheme log book to allow the children to log their experience. 

During the summer term we will start to transition to NICAS sessions. All current children will be offered the option of starting with Level 1. (we may have the option to excempt some children from level 1 if we feel they have already met the required standard) and move straight to level 2)

For more information on NICAS please go to: 

Individual Coaching - If you child is interested in some personal tuition please get in touch and we can offer some 1:1 coaching.

Unsupervised Climbing - if your child is 14 or over we are able to allow unsupervised climbing. The young person would need to take part in a short competency check and demonstrate that they are able to use the climbing wall responsibly. Please contact us for more details if required.



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  - £72.00
  • 12 people  - 75 min  - £140.00 

  • 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 - Current availability
Dates Available:
19 Aug 23 2.30pm
20 Aug 23 2.30pm
26 Aug 23 2.30pm
27 Aug 23 2.30pm
2 Sep 23 2.30pm
9 Sep 23 2.30pm
10 Sep 23 2.30pm
16 Sep 23  2.30pm
23 Sep 23 2.30pm
29 Sep 23 2.30pm



NICAS Academy - September

We are currently in the process of re-configuring the Climing Wall Booking system (Legend). This is due to take place on Fri 28 July. Once this has been completed we will start loading the next block of NICAS Academy. As soon as this has been completed we will inform parents via email. We will also update this page with the relevant information.

For more information on NICAS please visit their website here.

If you would like to book a taster for your child to see if they like climbing please contact a member of the climbing wall team - these are £12 per child.

For further details please contact the climbing wall team.

Duration: Wild Climbers 60 min  -  NICAS L1 & L2 (8-11) 75 min -  NICAS L1 & L2 (12-17) 90min

Saturdays & Sundays (following school term dates )TimeCost 
Wild Climbers (Age 51/2 & 6) 60min 9am - 10am                      £70 per half term
NICAS L1 & L2 (Age 7 - 11) 75min 10.15am - 11.30 £84 per half term
NICAS L1 & L2  (Age 12 - 17) 90min 11.45am - 1.15pm £91 per half term


Children's Climbing Tasters - Summer - Commencing Sat 12 & Sun 13 Aug 23

This Summer we will be running Childrens sessions  Saturday and Sunday morning. If you are interested in these sessions please contact DRSV reception. Sessions will be 60mins long and start at 9.30am, 10.30 & 11.30am. Advance booking is required cost £12 per person. Please visit or call David Ross Sports Village 0115 748 7000 to book a place. Age 5 1/2 upwards only. For more information please contact:    climbing wall team 


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 1/1.50 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 wall 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