Booking for this term’s NICAS has now closed.

The next round of NICAS booking will begin 3 weeks before the start of the new term. For more information, read all about the booking process further down on this page.

To join the NICAS waiting list for your chosen centre, hit the button below.

Regular Lessons for Kids




The Next Step in Your Child’s Climbing Journey

Climbing is one of the world’s fastest growing sports and now is the perfect time to get your child involved!

After featuring in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, climbing is rapidly becoming a global sport and there’s no better time to start your child off on their climbing journey.

That’s where NICAS comes in, a weekly climbing programme that runs alongside school half-terms at CroyWall, HarroWall, BethWall, RavensWall, VauxWall East and West.

NICAS sessions are aimed at children aged 7-18 and are grouped into regular weekly sessions that run alongside local school terms.

This means that children (& parents) can continue to learn alongside their new climbing friends at the same time each week for multiple, and continuous, school terms!

NICAS courses are incredibly popular, with courses and entire terms often fully booked.

Promotion starts three weeks before each school half-term, when existing NICAS climbers get the chance to rebook, and is then opened up to those on the waiting list and the general public.

National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS)

What is it?

NICAS Foundation is your child’s first step into the wonderful world of climbing.

If they’ve enjoyed casual bouldering sessions or you want them to learn more from a coach, then the Foundation session is the ideal place for them to start.

Throughout these term-time sessions, climbing skills will be cultivated through an engaging program. NICAS Bouldering accredits individual achievement, and is a fun UK-wide scheme that promotes honing climbing technique through exciting challenges.

our nicas centres

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Interested in NICAS? Our booking for this term is currently closed, but you can join the waiting list!

Vauxwall West

Central London



West London

Ravenscourt Park


North West London


Vauxwall east

Central London



Croydon, South London

Wandle Park


Bethnal Green, East London

Bethnal Green

Full-Body Workout

Climbing engages your entire body, building strength in your arms, legs, and core, while also improving balance and coordination.

Cardiovascular Health

Climbing gets your heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing!

Problem-Solving Skills

Climbing challenges your mind as much as your body, promoting problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Social Connection

Find your next climbing crew on one of our social sessions across our centres! Or make a friend on the mats!

While the kids climb…

Get involved!

Climbing’s not just for kids! There are plenty of ways you can get involved with the action during NICAS.

We offer entry to the climbing area for a discounted rate, so you can get your own workout in at the same time!

NICAS parents: £5 entry + shoe hire during NICAS sessions.

HarroWall Café

If climbing sounds too much like hard work, we’ve got the answer. All of our sites have a cafe area and free WIFI!

Booking Process

NICAS sessions are booked in half-termly blocks and run during term time. Bookings start 3 weeks before the new term and are communicated via email.

Week 1

The first week of booking is for our existing NICAS parents to re-book.

Week 2

A few days later, we open bookings up to those on NICAS waiting lists too.

Week 3

In the final week before the new term begins, we open up the remaining places to the general public.

  • Booking onto sessions are first come first serve. Individual places are not reserved or guaranteed.
  • It is highly recommended to book as soon as possible as NICAS is very popular.
  • Reminder: Booking customers have access to ALL NICAS sessions. This allows movement across sessions as required (such as Level advancement, personal schedule changes, etc.). Please book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Bookings are confirmed once payment is received.
  • Once payment is received, all bookings are final. The times and dates of sessions are immovable and non-refundable.
  • Any missed sessions cannot be refunded or credited.

All participants start at Level 1, even if they have previous experience. Previous experience will allow you to progress more quickly through the scheme. Those new to the scheme should commence with the Foundation class.

Please note that there will be a one-off payment of £15.00 for the NICAS Logbook and folder on the very first session. This logbook and folder then stays with the participant as they move through the scheme.

If you have any further questions, please visit your local LCC gym or contact: [email protected]