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NICAS Parent Blog

A parent of two fantastic NICAS students explains why climbing is their new found sport, what NICAS entails, and the range of benefits it provides for her children.

NICAS at Summit Up

My son (age 13) was introduced to the NICAS climbing course at Summit Up in Oldham by a friend. After a half term block, I decided that my younger daughter (age 12) might also like to join.

She’s a dancer and very flexible so she took to climbing instantly. We come every Monday from 6-8pm.

There is a cycle of different instructors but they are all really friendly and great with my children. Safety is really important it the instructors also make the sessions fun.

New Found Sport

I’m really impressed with this new found sport. Not only is it physically demanding, it also develops resilience, problem solving skills, determination and trust in your partner.

The instructors supervise diligently teaching knots, rope techniques and belaying skills. They offer support when needed and use specific praise so that my children know how to improve.

NICAS Certificates

The children get a log book to record their climbs and the instructors tick off skills as they have been achieved. My children have both received their Level 1 NICAS certificates and are working towards Level 2.

My son is working towards the bronze Duke of Edinburgh and this climbing course counts as the Physical component.

Both children look forward to coming each week and have made friends within the group. I enjoy sitting with a coffee and a book whilst they climb!

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This half term book your kids onto our NICAS taster sessions. A great way to learn a new skill and experience the thrill of climbing. This is also the first step to joining our NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Awards Scheme) courses. For ages 7 yrs +



Climbing offers physical, mental and social benefits for children and young people. If you are thinking of taking your child climbing, there are many reasons why this is one of the best sports you can choose. From increasing strength, endurance and flexibility to building confident and self esteem, climbing can benefit your child in many ways.


5 reasons to visit Clip 'n Climb with kids!

So, you’re looking for things to do with the kids. You’ve tried trampoline parks, bowling, crazy golf, soft play centres, and everything else in between… But have you tried Clip ‘n Climb?

Clip ‘n Climb offers a great way for you and your children to get into climbing, or just to try something new and burn off some energy! With brightly coloured climbing challenges, each wall is totally different making each climb more interesting than the last.

Here’s five reasons why Clip ‘n Climb is a great thing to do with the kids.