Youth Climbing


Our Youth Climbing Pathway supports youth engagement in climbing from Early Years to Adulthood.

Pre School of Rock

  • Parent and Toddler Classes - a fun and safe introduction to climbing for younger children - see below for more details
  • There is no minimum age but we recommend your child is a steady walker to get the most out of the sessions
  • Maximum age 6

Youth Climbing

  • We have a range of options within our Youth Climbing provision - see below for details
  • Minimum age 7
  • Suitable for all levels

Parents and Families

There are many ways that you can your child, and the whole family involved in climbing outwith Youth Climbing Sessions

Instructor Led Options:

  • We offer a 'Supervising a Junior' course that can support parents to bring their kids indepedently - BOOK HERE
  • A great option is also to get the whole family involved in a Taster Session - BOOK HERE

Independent Access Options:

  • If you already have the skills to bring your child climbing yourself, you can bring them anytime during public opening hours.  We can provide any equipment needed.  
  • You can also bring your child to use the Bouldering Area under your supervision after a brief free induction - and there are always instructors around to support.
  • Follow this link to complete registration and consent forms to bring your kids climbing yourself Registration and Consent Forms - if you need to double check which forms to complete please call reception on 01738 877313 and they can guide you.  They can also be completed on arrival at reception.
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Youth Climbing Block Programme

Youth Climbing Block Programme

Our Youth Climbing Provision is suitable for all abilities - minimum age 7. The common theme for all options are fun, engaging, safe sessions that are delivered by experienced, passionate and encouraging instructors. We have options for block bookings that run in line with PKC school terms and also options for Open Sessions which are Pay as You Go.

Youth Climbing Block Programme

These sessions run in blocks throughout the year and include the option to engage in the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) and Bouldering Scheme (NIBAS) - see below for more information

Session Slots:

TUESDAYS - FRIDAYS 4.30PM - 6PM Climbing Session / NICAS
FRIDAYS 4.30PM - 5.30PM Bouldering Only Session / NIBAS
SATURDAYS 9.45AM - 11.15AM Climbing Session / NICAS
  11.30AM - 1.00PM Climbing Session / NICAS
SUNDAYS 10.30AM - 12.00PM Climbing Session / NICAS

We run our Youth Climbing Block Programme in line with PKC holidays

Autumn Block 2022 

Mon 22nd Aug 


Sun 9th Oct

(7 weeks) 

Winter Block 2022 

Mon 24th Oct


Sun 18th Dec

(8 weeks) 

Spring Block 2023

Mon 9th Jan


Sun 2nd April

(12 weeks) 

Summer Block 2023 

Mon 17th April


Sun 25th June

(10 weeks) 

Cost varies depending on length of block - based on £14 per session for NICAS/Climbing and £11 per session for NIBAS/Bouldering

Registration on NICAS/NIBAS = £7.50 (for Levels 1-3) and £7.50 (Level 4)

Currently all our spaces are FULL.  Please email to register your interest and be added to our mailing list so we can let you know when spaces become available.  In order to offer you the most appropriate slots please include: names and ages of child/children, any previous experience, contact mobile number, preferred slot/session type.

In the meantime we do have options to get your kids climbing!

Instructor Led:

  • Join our weekend Youth Climbing Open sessions - these run every Saturday and you can pick and choose which sessions you join, subject to availability.
  • You can book into one of our Taster Sessions - why not give it a go yourself!
  • You can book into our Supervising a Junior course - this gives you all the skills you need to bring your wee ones climbing yourself

Independent Access:

  • If you are a competent climber you can register as an Unsupervised Adult climber and bring in up to 2 kids/guests to supervise at a time (they will need to complete a consent form - U16 / 16+).  Once you have registered you will have a brief practical check with an instructor on your first visit.  If you have climbed before but feel a bit rusty then our Safety Skills Refresher course will get you back up to speed!
  • If you don't yet have the skills to use the roped area indepedently you can also register as a Boulder Only Unsupervised Adult - sign up to 2 kids in as guests and then supervise them on the bouldering wall - following a brief induction.


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Youth Climbing Open Sessions

Youth Climbing Open Sessions

Our Youth Climbing Provision is suitable for all abilities - minimum age 7. The common theme for all options are fun, engaging, safe sessions that are delivered by experienced, passionate and encouraging instructors. We have options for block bookings that run in line with PKC school terms and also options for Open Sessions which are Pay as You Go.

Youth Climbing Open Sessions

We have such a high demand for spaces in our Youth Block Programme that we have also launched Youth Climbing Open Sessions that run on Saturdays.

These sessions are booked individually so are a great option if you want a taste of our Youth Climbing Programme or just want to drop in and out of sessions to suit your availability.

These run on Saturday mornings -we are piloting this during the Summer Holidays but if there is demand these will continue throughout the year.

  • Youth Climbing Open Session (ages 7 - 11 yrs): Saturdays @ 1.30pm - 3.00pm - BOOK HERE
  • Youth Climbing Open Session (ages 12 - 17 yrs): Saturdays @ 3pm - 4.30pm - BOOK HERE
  • Cost: £9.50 per session - all equipment provided

Summer Holiday Youth Climbing Open Sessions

We also have additional availability on Wednesdays from 10.30am - 12.00pm for ages 12- 17 


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Youth Climbing Session Content

Youth Climbing Session Content

All our Youth Climbing sessions are run by qualified, experienced and enthusiastic instructors - we undertake regular staff training to ensure they are all up to date with industry standards and to share ideas.

Our climbing sessions focus on:

  • developing the key climbing and bouldering safety skills
  • improving climbing movement and performance
  • developing understanding of range of equipment and confidence in using equipment
  • delivering  fun, engaging sessions 
  • improving communication skills, teamwork, problem solving and confidence
  • improving fitness- strength, endurance, flexibility, co-ordination, balance and agility

The climbing sessions invovle a mixture of roped climbing and bouldering.  The bouldering only sessions only involve bouldering.

You also have the option to engage in NICAS/NIBAS during any of these sessions which allows children to record progress, log climbs and receive a certificate at each level.  Please see below for more information on what NICAS/NIBAS involves.

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The National Indoor Climbing/Bouldering Award Scheme (NICAS/NIBAS) was set up with the main aim to provide a safe introduction to climbing for young people aged 7 years and up on artificial climbing structures (e.g. indoor climbing walls). The nationally-recognised scheme also helps to standardise the teaching and coaching of young people in an engaging manner, and people gain certification with each level gained.


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Our aim is to develop and engage the young people of Perth and surrounding area's in the sport of climbing, through the NICAS levels and certification. The scheme also promotes good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. More information on the Scheme can be found on the NICAS website.

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We are able to facilitate young peoples journey through 4 of the 5 levels:

  1. New Climber - An entry level aimed at novices that recognises their ability to climb safely under supervision.
  2. Foundation Climber - Aimed at promoting good practice in climbing and bouldering unsupervised on an artificial wall.
  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.
  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.

Instructor puts harness and ropes on boy - NICAS session

How it works

All candidates are grouped by ability - Starter Group (L1 and 2), Intermediate Group (Level 3) and Developer Group (Level 4). Following a block we may advice staying in the same group or joining a similar level and ability group on a different day.  The ethos of NICAS to progress at your own indivdual speed rather than pressue to complete a level in a specific time frame.  However there are minimum time frames for progression:

Levels 1 and 2 - will take a minimum of 1 block to achieve

Level 3 - will take a minimum of 1 block to achieve but more likely 2 - 3 blocks

Level 4 - minium age 14, will take a minimum of 2 blocks to complete, but will most likely take more

Please note due to the level and type of climbing undertaken at Level 4 candidates must be either 14+, or have sufficient experience and maturity due to the conditions required to lead climb safely.  For more information about Level 4 please call 01738 877313 or email  

The instructor will communicate regularly with parents regarding progression and will advise on next steps following each block.  Parents are also encouraged to speak to instructors at any point to discuss progress and engagement on the scheme.


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Development Group and Performance Squad

Development Group and Performance Squad

These sessions are for climbers who have completed Level 4 NICAS or at a similar level. These sessions run in the same blocks as our Youth Climbing Programme.

Development Group:

Fridays: 6pm - 7.30pm

For climbers who have completed Level 4 NICAS or are at a similar level

Focus on developing climbing movement, technique and performance with qualified climbing coaches

For more information email


Performance Squad:

Fridays: 6pm - 7.30pm

For climbers who are currently in the Scottish Squad or are interested in competing

For climbers who have completed Level 4 NICAS or are at a similar level

Fore more information email