Welcome to our Youth Climbing Community

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Our youth climbing community is thriving! From ages 5 to 17, we've specific offerings for wherever your child is at in their climbing journey. 

Indoor Climbing is a whole lot of fun, but its also a great way to build confidence, general athleticism, mental toughness and great social skills. We use top quality safety equipment, trained and qualified staff and we keep our instructor/coach to participant ratios low to ensure safety.

Great session quality is the norm at three wise monkeys! 

Below is a quick introduction to each of our clubs:

First Ascents

First Ascents is our proper climbing club for ages 5 & 6

For ages 5 & 6 we offer the first ascents club. One weekly session, including a mix of fun challenges, games and teamwork. Participants will learn about safety in the climbing wall, begin to build foundational climbing skills like agility, balance and coordination as well as everything you’d expect from our regular sessions - knot tying, peer belaying (always assisted by a climbing coach) and a whole lot of fun. 

Costs:

£30pcm for 1 weekly session, billed by recurring card payment on the 1st of the month. This includes unlimited climbing, rental equipment and 10% off in our cafe and shop.

 

Rock Monkeys

 

This is our core non-competitive weekly climbing club available for 7 - 17 year olds, focused on teamwork, good climbing skills and having fun in a non-competitive format. Sessions will follow a rolling programme of themes, where our route setters and coaches will work together to facilitate coaching on a varied programme of climbing techniques, as well as everything you’d expect from our sessions in terms of knot tying, peer belaying etc.  Free belaying course for all parents so you can bring your child anytime. 

Costs:

£40pcm for 1 weekly session. This includes unlimited climbing, rental equipment and 10% off in our café and shop.

For an additional £20 a month there's also an optional second social or Rock Monkeys session per week.

Team Wise Monkeys - Intermediate & Advanced Teams

Team Wise Monkeys is our performance climbing team. It is meant for  those youth who have taken a strong interest in climbing, and are willing to commit to two or more sessions per week. The syllabus builds on that taught in rock monkeys, and begins to bring in elements of competition and performance rock climbing. Team Wise Monkeys is currently available from age 10, but under 12s will need to have come through our rock monkeys programme. As a minimum for participation, all youth in the team must be willing (and able) to sign up to our Team Wise Monkeys Charter.



Team Wise Monkeys Charter:

 

  1. We know climbing is dangerous. We will never compromise on safety.
  2. We’re part of the climbing community; we want everyone in that community to feel welcome and respected.
  3. We welcome challenges and are willing to try. If our coach sets us a challenge it's for a reason and we’ll try our best. 
  4. We understand we don’t need to compete with our teammates to improve - we are our own competition.
  5. We’re here to learn movement mastery, build mental toughness and make physical gains, not just chase climbing grades.

Intermediate Team:

Meets twice a week for training with our coaches. This team has a similar structure to our advanced team, but at a lower intensity. Youth membership is included, as is coach support at Scottish fun comp rounds and final too (assuming qualification) There is a  team hoody each year. The schedule includes 1 week summer holiday camp and 8 annual squad gatherings, includes coached 3WM comp entries for full series.

 

Entry standards: for age 10 and above on the first date of the team term. Must be capable of belaying peers of a comparable weight, to the standard applicable to their age category according to Climb Scotland YCS age groups. We don’t put a grade entry on our intermediate team as attitude and a keenness to improve is more important. Must be willing to sign up to our team wise monkeys charter. 

Costs:

£90pcm for 2 weekly sessions and wall membership. This includes unlimited climbing, rental equipment and 10% off in our café and shop.

£20pcm for optional social session


Advanced Team: 

Meets twice per week for training with top quality coaches, Youth membership included, includes coach support at YCS qualifying rounds and Scottish final if qualified and a team hoody each year. Includes 1 week summer holiday camp and 8 annual squad gatherings, includes coached 3WM comp entries for full series. Assuming competency tests are passed and our behaviour standards are met then the wall can be used freely without parental supervision.  

 

Entry standards: For age 14 and above on the first date of the team term. Must be capable of lead belaying peers of a comparable weight. Stylish V3/6B flash minimum. Must be willing to sign up to our team wise monkeys charter. 

Costs:

£120pcm. This includes unlimited climbing, rental equipment and 10% off in our café and shop.

Social Climbing

Weekly Social Sessions

For anyone capable of belaying peers at the required standard to pass a skills demonstration, we have two supervised sessions for primary school age and high school age children. These sessions do not follow a programme, but are an opportunity for your child to enjoy the climbing community and climb with friends without parental supervision.

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  1. when new clubs or spaces become available
  2. when our youth clubs accomplish something truly awesome
  3. when we have special offers or events on