The Climbing Academy
The Climbing Academy is Boulders unique way of investing in talented young climbers that could be the superstars of the future. Running throughout the academic term time the climbing academy meet twice (once a week for the youngest age group) a week to take part in structured training. The focus is purely on competition sport climbing and bouldering, with the main focus of the year being success at the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series.
The climbing academy is a big commitment and only for those wanting to push themselves competitively. Throughout each academic term the climbing academy meet twice weekly for supervised training sessions. During these sessions young climbers will be pushed hard, coached and shown ways to structure their training, always with the focus on improving their overall climbing ability and competition performance.
How to attend selection
To join in the climbing academy a you must first be invited to attend an academy selection. Selection will take place in the first week of every academic term. Invites will come from one of three places:
- By being involved with either the Spider Monkey or Gecko training sessions. Our climbing instructors will talent spot you and invite you to attend the next selection.
- By Golden ticket. Every member of staff at Boulders is constantly on the lookout for talented youth. If you’re not involved with the Spider Monkey or Gecko training sessions but are consistently putting in strong performances on the climbing walls you might just get a golden ticket to selection!
- Those already in the climbing academy will have an automatic invite to the next selection.
Requirements prior to selection
The Climbing Academy is strictly focused on coaching young people's climbing performance. Due to this there are technical entry level requirements that the child must demonstrate before they can attend selection.
To attend selection for Squad 1 or 2 the child must be able to demonstrate they can climb and belay safely in a top roping system. Having NICAS L2 certificate is sufficient proof.
To attend selection for Squad 3 the child must be able to demonstrate they can climb and belay safely in a lead climbing system. Having NICAS L4 certificate is sufficient proof.
Climbing academy selection
Climbing academy selection takes place at the start of every academic term. Once the squad for that term is selected, they will train together for the full Academic term. At the start of the next term, there is no guarantee that anyone in the squad will keep their place. Every member will be expected to attend selection for the next term at the start of every term. Those already in the climbing academy will automatically receive an invite to the next selection at the start of the following academic term.
Academy Team Kit
A selection of Academy team kit items will be available to order from the online shop shortly. From January 2014 there will be an expectation that every Academy member purchases a tee shirt and climbing shorts/trousers. This is expected to cost in the region of £35.
For more details on all the training and events the Academy will be attending check out the Academy Training and Comps Events page.