Perse Climbing Academy

The Perse Climbing Academy provides first-class climbing and bouldering coaching, following the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS).

Our Approach

We believe that climbing and bouldering are not just recreational activities but also provide the foundation for a wide range of lifelong skills.

Climbing and bouldering provide the opportunity to engage in fun and adventurous physical exercise, at the same time as cultivating skills including balance, coordination, problem solving, strategic thinking and decision making.

Climbing and bouldering also foster social skills like teamwork and communication, as well as self-esteem and confidence, laying the foundation for a well-rounded and resilient future.

We offer weekly courses during term time as well as week-long courses in the Easter and Summer school holidays.

Climbing or Bouldering – which one is best for you?

Climbing involves ascending larger structures, with the use of harnesses and ropes. Climbing routes can be lengthy, requiring sustained effort and developing endurance as climbers navigate various holds and obstacles.

Bouldering is characterised by shorter, lower heights with more intense routes, typically tackled without ropes, emphasising strength and technique over endurance.

What climbing and bouldering courses do we offer?

We offer climbing and bouldering courses each week during term time and weekly courses during the Easter and Summer school holidays. These courses are available for the public to book.

Perse Climbing Academy (NICAS) Climbing Levels

We offer Climbing and Bouldering Levels 1-4 for children aged 7 years and above.

Wild Climbers (NICAS)

Our Wild Climbers courses are for children aged 3 – 7 years. They provide a fun, game orientated programme that introduces climbers safely into the indoor climbing environment. The sessions develop awareness of climbing movements and confidence.

Class Sizes

For children attending the NICAS levels 1-4, class sizes will be up to 18, with a staff ratio of 1:9 for the majority of courses. For children attending the Wild Climbers courses, class sizes are a maximum of 12, with a staff ratio of 1:6.

Lesson Costs and Session Times

All sessions last for one hour. NICAS Levels 1-2 cost £25 per hour, Level 3 costs £30 per hour and level 4 costs £35 per hour. The Wild Climbers course is £30. Classes are paid for on a termly basis.

Where a child is unwell or unable to attend their weekly class, no refunds will be given. Parents should give six weeks’ notice if they wish to cancel their child’s place in a climbing or bouldering class.  

Pay and Climb

Whether you’re a climbing novice or an experienced climber, we offer ‘pay and climb’ sessions, for both adults and children to book. Further details coming soon.

Club Access

Our climbing academy facilities are available to hire by climbing clubs. If you’re interested in finding out more please email

What to wear/bring

We recommend you wear comfortable light breathable/flexible fabrics, so that you’re able to move freely when on the wall. For example, shorts or leggings, loose fit T-shirt (sports bras are recommended for girls where age appropriate). Climbing shoes will be provided.

Changing facilities

Please arrive at the sports centre ready for your climbing or bouldering lesson. There are appropriate areas within the centre where you can change your shoes. We also have lockers available if required. Please speak to our reception about purchasing a reusable lock.

Climbing and Bouldering facilities

NICAS Climbing Levels

Level 1 New Climber
An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.

Level 2 Foundation Climber
Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.

Level 3 Technical Climber
A more advanced top-roping and bouldering award that focusses on developing technique and movement skills. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to climb and belay safely at any climbing facility (whether or not under supervision or with back-up) and operate in a responsible manner. Achievement at this level is broadly equivalent to a pass at GCSE.

Level 4 Lead Climber
Concentrating on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. Aimed at developing a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.

NICAS Bouldering Levels

Level 1 New Boulderer
An entry level award for candidates who wish to learn what bouldering is as a physical activity and how to use a bouldering wall safely.

Level 2 Foundation Boulderer
Aimed at helping the candidate to understand how a bouldering wall works, and basic preparation and control while bouldering, with an introduction to equipment and movement skills.

Level 3 Competent Boulderer
Corresponding to most bouldering–only centres’ “membership” standards. This is aimed at ensuring a candidate possesses the knowledge and skill to boulder safely at any bouldering facility and operate in a responsible manner.

Level 4 Skilled Boulderer
Aimed at developing a self–motivated boulderer who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals.

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