Performance Coaching


Coaching in climbing is a teaching, training and development process through which an individual is supported and guided to achieve specific and personal goals.

Whatever discipline of climbing you're interested in, if you have a desire to improve to achieve goals you will benefit from performance coaching.

At Boulders our Head Coach Simon Rawlinson has been doing just this for many years. His vast experience in coaching ranges from qualifying young climbers to World Cup places through to simply helping climbers understand how to use a climbing centre more productively to get more from their training. Whatever your personal goal might be Simon can help you analyse your strengths and weaknesses and put a structured pathway in place to help you reach your target.

Simon offers private coaching sessions at Boulders. Sessions must be booked in full one hour slots only.

Sessions are available Tuesday to Friday from 11am to close. Sessions must be booked and are on a strictly first come first serve basis - sadly there's only one Simon!



We are now also offering Private Performance coaching with another of our instructors, Joe Holmes, for £25 per hour. Joe is available on evenings and weekends. We sat down with Joe to ask him some questions about himself.

When did you start climbing?


What is your favourite style of climbing?

I love bouldering, but to be honest I just love climbing so whatever it is I’m happy!

What sessions do you take at Boulders?

Pretty much everything, from Kids Climbing classes to Adult Techniques classes. I’m also a member of the academy coaching team, working alongside Simon and Bee to coach the youngest academy. I also help Simon coach the other two Acadamies. I am now also available for private coaching session here at Boulders.

Where is your favourite place to Climb?

I like to climb everywhere but my favourite bouldering haunt is Dinas Rock; it's local and there's always a great atmosphere there. For routes I’d have to say Wintours Leap on the Wye Valley, the length and number of the routes is amazing and it's been a great place to practice trad climbing but the sport routes are also good too.  

Have you climbed abroad?

Yes, I’ve been bouldering at Fontainebleau in France and it was amazing! You can read about my last trip here. My dream is to go back to Yosemite and climb El Capitan. 

What do you do outside of boulders?

I am currently in university at Cardiff Met, studying performance analysis in sport, which is helping me develop as a coach. I’m a scout leader and I’ve also just started getting into water sports.

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Per person, per hour.

Up to 3 additional people may book onto a session at £20 per person, per hour.


  • Booking is essential
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive with enough time to warm up prior to the start of the lesson. Being warmed up at the start of the session helps you gain more productive time with Simon.

Boulders standard terms and conditions apply.