Juniors and clubs

Find out how juniors can access our centre or join our junior climbing clubs

Ages 3-7

  • Must be supervised by an adult registered climber or centre instructor.
  • Can only climb in our beginner area when supervised by a registered climber.
  • Ages 4-5 can join our Teeny Rockers club.

Ages 8-13

  • Must be supervised by an adult registered climber or centre instructor.
  • Can join our junior clubs after completing a junior induction.
  • GB or academy team members can climb unsupervised upon successful completion of a junior competency test.

Ages 14-16

  • Must be supervised by an adult registered climber or centre instructor, or complete a First Visit Induction to climb unsupervised. Click here for further info.
  • Experienced climbers (those who regularly attend a centre club or other centre) can climb unsupervised upon successful completion of a junior competency test.

Junior Climbing Programme

We deliver a comprehensive junior climbing programme with clear development pathways for every child that focus on performance and climbing development. The full structure of our junior climbing programme can be found below. We aim to support each child’s needs and help them achieve their goals whether this is simply reaching for the top, perfecting a heel hook or achieving the next grade up.

Please note that our junior climbing programme has proved very popular since re-opening after the pandemic. All clubs are currently at full capacity but we are hoping to increase availability as and when. To register your interest for our junior programme, please email us with your child’s details and we can add you to our waiting list. Alternatively for family’s interested in climbing you can book a family taster session below.

If you are interested in getting the family climbing a family taster session is perfect. An hour long session for up to 5 family members, one of which must be aged 18+

Please use the form below to make a booking.

After completion each adult aged 18+ can register with us and then sign two guests in perfect for visiting as a family or bringing the kids climbing.

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Teeny Rockers (4-5)

Climbing is a brilliant way for infants to have fun and develop their motor skills as well as strength. Practising rock climbing at such an early age can be especially beneficial for their development.

Teeny Rockers is a fun session that incorporates climbing and play together to allow infants to utilise and develop key motor skills and introduce them to specific climbing movements.  

Cost: 4 week block £26

BUK Minis (6-7)

A fun club for juniors who are not quite old enough to join our main clubs. These sessions focus on the fundamental skills of climbing, such as balance and coordination, which are practised through fun climbing games and challenges.

Cost: 4 week block £26

To join a regular club session, a Mini Induction must be completed. This is a 1 hour induction that covers the do’s and don’ts and how it all works.

Cost: £16/child

Bloc Masters (8-16)

Our main regular weekly junior club which are split by age and ability. Within the club, juniors can continue to work through the awards scheme at their own pace under the support of a centre instructor.

Cost: 4 week block £26

To join a regular club session, a 2 week Junior Induction must be completed.

Cost: £35/child


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Development squad & academy

Development Squad

Our team of coaches always look for young people keen to progress or show potential to improve. We invite these children to progress to our Development Squad, which runs twice per week in smaller groups with one of our Squad coaches. The focus is on performance enhancement and to support individuals with their specific needs, whether competing regionally or learning to train.


Boulder UK Academy is a small group of our most talented climbers who represent Boulder UK on the competition scene.

Hear from one of our members

Name: Emily Ollerton

Age: 14

Emily is a member of the Boulder UK academy and has worked her way through our junior programme since the age of 10. Her natural ability and passion to be better stood out to our team of coaches and she was initially invited on to our Development Sqd. Since then, she has now been selected to represent our Academy and is now competing at regional and national competitions.

How did you get into bouldering?

Growing up, I quickly developed a passion for climbing. Whether it be frames, trees or fences, I would always find a way to scramble to the top. Deciding to put that passion to use, my parents finally signed me up for the kids club at Boulder UK, Blackburn, the old centre and I immediately fell in love with the concept and challenge of it. The kids club was a great place to start; it had a laid back but fun atmosphere.

What do you like most about bouldering at Boulder UK?

Since climbing with Boulder UK for around five years, one thing has remained the same and what has made me stick with this sport is the route-setting. They are always challenging and they have a range of climbs so no matter if you’re a beginner or experienced, you can always keep pushing yourself, more so than at other centres that I have climbed at.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

My proudest achievement is winning the Northwest and Lakes Youth Climbing Series in 2020. The reason was mainly due to the fact I was afraid of lead falls but, with support from my coaches, I was able to cope and successfully win the leading and bouldering rounds

Why should other children get into bouldering?

Bouldering has many qualities, it is a relaxed atmosphere where you can make friends easily and have fun whilst improving your fitness, strength and flexibility as well as burn off lot of energy. It is also something to look forward to, that isn’t school!