Junior Climbing

Reach for your potential

Climbing is perfect for kids.  It boosts their confidence, their agility, coordination & balance, and is great for their fitness. Westway Climbing has some of the best facilities and coaching in the country and we have the one of the biggest junior programmes in the UK.

Many of our juniors have gone on to compete at regional, national and even international level with the GB team.

Most of all we want juniors to enjoy climbing at whatever level they choose to do this fantastic sport!

A registration and consent form must be completed for all juniors prior to them using the climbing wall, this can be printed and completed in advance below.

If you are a competent adult climber and your rope competency check is up to date you may bring a maximum of two children to rope climb/ boulder with you.

Find the climbing session for you:

Keen to Progress your Climbing

Got the climbing bug?

Tiny Tots Climbing Club (5–6 years old)

For children aged 5-6 who are really committed to learning to climb, there’s Tiny Tots club, where kids will get to climb with the same coach and friends each week. Space at the club is really limited so you’ll need to book in advance for each term. The club takes place with a ratio of 1 instructor : 4 children.

NICAS – National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (7-11 years old)

For kids that are mad about climbing they’ll get a chance to do weekly sessions with the same coach and progress through a structured syllabus.

National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) gives your child the skills they need to become a competent, confident climber.  And it’s a real chance to achieve an award, meet other young climbers and develop their team-working skills. This scheme takes place with a ratio of 1 instructor : 6 children.

There are five NICAS levels and each level takes at least one term. Each child needs to pass Level 1 before moving up to the higher stages.

When they pass a level, they’re awarded a certificate and move on to the higher level with a new group at the start of the next term.

NICAS Level 4 & 5 are advanced sessions for students who’ve passed level 3 and want to begin learning lead climbing (they don’t have to move on to Level 4 – its fine for them to stay in their Level 3 group).

NICAS (12+ years old)

If you’re already a keen junior climber and want to pass your Junior Test (you can once you’re 14), The Session is for you.  You’ll get plenty of wall-time with your mates and a real chance to sharpen up your climbing skills. This scheme takes place with a ratio of 1 instructor : 4 children.

Each climber needs a NICAS book that gives them all the background on each level. Please see the costs of the books below.

Junior program Monthly Direct Debit Price Equivalent Price per Session
Tiny tots 5-6yrs £62.50 £15.00
NICAS 7-11 £66.67 £16.00
NICAS 12+ £79.17 £19.00
NICAS Book level 1-3 £7.50
NICAS Book level 4-5 £7.50

NIBAS (National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme) is coming soon and we will offer this product from April onwards. Westway is a NICAS & NIBAS Primary Centre and one of the few walls in the country that is able to offer the complete syllabus for these awards.

To book or find out more about any of the activities above please visit us in centre. Alternatively contact us, enquire today or call 020 8969 0992.

Westway NICAS Junior Climbing Terms & Conditions

Climbing Camps and Pay & Play

Westway Climbing Pay & Play

Family Pay & Play

Now it’s your turn to drive the kids up the wall!  Our expert coaches are on hand to get the family climbing together in a safe, friendly and fun environment. Open to all levels from novices to experienced climbers.  Juniors must be accompanied by an adult and vice versa.

Please ensure that each participant is individually booked onto the session and paid for separately through their own account.

Pay & Play (5–6 year olds)

At our Tiny Tots sessions we make sure there’s one coach for every four children. That means they’re closely supervised and have the best chance to learn.

Pay & Play (7 – 14 year olds)

Juniors can have fun entry-level after-school sessions where they can have a fun introduction to climbing.

Holiday Camps

This holiday let the kids drive themselves up the wall!  These exciting, action packed climbing sessions are perfect for kids of all ages and abilities.  Westway climbing centre provides a fun, safe environment for kids to take part in bouldering, top roping and belaying.  Your only problem will be keeping them on the ground when we hand them back.

Our climbing holiday camps are 90 minutes long, and run daily throughout all school holidays at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

Book any of the sessions above using our online system (please be aware that all family members need to be booked in separately). If you are not a member, you can sign up for free and book using our app or online.

Climbing Parties

It’s Party Time

The sky’s the limit at our cracking climbing parties. We cater for groups of up to 30 for an adrenaline-fueled 90 minutes of fun. Please check availability by contacting the booking team, enquire today or call us on 020 8969 0992.

Climbers Price
Up to 6 £149
7 to 12 £239
13 to 18 £299
19 to 24 £359

Party Room

The party room is available to hire for 90 minutes for £35.  Decorate the room to fit your party theme and bring your own food or order in. Tables and chairs are provided.

Thank you for a lovely party on Sunday. The children had a great time. We were impressed with your instructors – they were knowledgable, encouraging, had it all under control whilst still making it fun. The children climbed really rather high, including my five year old who absolutely loved it. The reception team were also lovely – friendly and helpful.

– Ali, Everyone Active Customer

Advanced Climbing

Take your junior climbing to the next level

The pride of Westway’s coaching team. One of the most established junior climbing teams in the country. Recent members include; Molly Thompson-Smith, current Team GB member and World Cup medallist and Buster Martin who recently became the second Brit to climb a grade f9a+.

The squad currently counts 27 junior athletes; these junior athletes compete at the highest level regionally, nationally and internationally; including four current GB team members and two Irish nationals.

We run our Squad selection trials annually, with the next trial scheduled for ‪the 17th October. We accept climbers from age 8+. If you would like more information regarding our performance program please contact the climbing reception.

Junior Climbing Test (14–17 years old)

This is a competency test for junior climbers to demonstrate that they have the skills and awareness to use the wall unsupervised.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can belay, arrest falls, use ground anchors and troubleshoot a series of typical climbing errors as a minimum.  This must be booked in advance.

There are two types of junior test the Top Rope Junior Test and Lead Climbing Junior Test. Young climbers need to have successfully completed a Top Rope Junior test before they are able to take a Lead Climbing Junior test.

To book or find out more please visit us in centre. Alternatively contact us, enquire today or call 020 8969 0992.

Junior Club Night ‘Layback Club’ (14-17 years old)

Tired of your coach telling you what to do! Then join the layback club, this is open to those young climbers who have passed their Top Rope, or Lead Climbing, Junior Test.  The club is a social climbing meet-up for young people and allows them to use the climbing wall independently, it will have a coach available to help out where requested and provide guidance or coaching advice, but climbers will be free to move around and use the wall as they wish. It runs on Sunday evenings from 4.30-6.30. No need to book in advance, just turn up and pay entrance on the door.

To book or find out more please visit us in centre. Alternatively contact us, enquire today or call 020 8969 0992.

The following sessions are by invitation only.  Please speak to a member of our climbing team in centre alternatively contact us, enquire today for more information on our sessions for advanced junior climbers.

Training Academy (8 years+)

This session is for students who have a real aptitude for climbing and shown they’re keen to get on in competition.  This session focuses on establishing good climbing movement patterns and improving physical literacy.

Junior Climbing Squad (10 years+)

For students with serious talent on the wall.  In the Junior Climbing Squad you’ll focus on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of climbing.  As well as ability, you’ll need a positive attitude, motivation and regular attendance.

You’ll be expected to compete for the Westway Climbing Centre in a whole range of competitions at regional, national and international level. Members can be promoted from Pay & Play, Club or Training Academy sessions.