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NICAS Sessions for Young People


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The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme was started in 2008 by the ABC Training Trust and is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development for youth.  Focussed on artificial climbing structures, NICAS is a 5-step syllabus to accredit individual climbing achievement for all candidates aged 8 and upwards.

Mile End Climbing Wall is one of the scheme’s founder ambassadors of best practice, operating as a hub Primary Centre able to deliver all 5 levels of the scheme from novice to Advanced climber status.  The aims of the scheme are to improve levels of ability, learn climbing rope-work, appropriate equipment use, learn to communicate and work as a team, record personal achievement and to point the way to further disciplines and challenges beyond the scope of the scheme.  At entry level the scheme is accessible to all candidates, recognising their ability to climb safely under supervision.  Some graduates and candidates at the higher levels represent Great Britain on the GB Junior Climbing Team.

The five NICAS levels are: Foundation Climber, Top Rope climber, Technical Climber, Lead Climber and Advanced Climber.  Candidates record their achievement by means of completing their personal log-book, with certificates awarded on successful completion of each level.  NICAS can be used with the GCSE syllabus for PE: Adventurous Activities as well as allowing individual candidates to improve their climbing as a hobby or within a squad.

The ABCTT uses NICAS as a platform to invest in climbing from grass-roots to elite levels of the sport, working with individual candidates as well as offering skills training to instructors, climbing wall managers and technical advisors.

Mile End Climbing Wall is the only NICAS primary centre serving the East and South/East of England and has links to 20 awarding centres.

Mile End Climbing Wall offers specific NICAS classes 7 day a week covering all 5 levels.

Our NICAS sessions are open to any young people aged 7 or older.

For more information contact or call us on 020 89800289


Monday 5-6:30pm - Level 1 and Level 4

Tuesday 5-6:30pm - Level 3 and Level 4

Wednesday 5-6:30pm - Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4

Thursday 5-6:30pm - Level 4

Friday 5-6:30pm - Level 2 and Level 5

Saturday 10-11:30am - Level 2 and Level 3

Saturday 11:45am-1:15pm -  Level 4

Saturday 4:15-5:45pm - Level 4

Sunday 10-11:30am - Level 2 and Level 3

Sunday 11:45am-1:15pm - Level 1

Sunday 2:15-3:45pm - Level 4 preparation

Sunday 4:15-5:45pm - Level 4

Please see the information below regarding the re-booking of your NICAS sessions:

Online Booking is available from midday on the following dates:

Level 1


Level 4 Preparation


Please Note that these courses are booked on a strictly first come first served basis - once they're gone, they're gone.

Cost: £100 (Level 1 and level 4 preparation course - 10 weeks).

Priority Booking for all young people currently booked on NICAS session is available from:

Wednesday 10th Feb until Friday 19th Feb  (only available for young people who are currently booked on NICAS sessions here at Mile End and who are re-booking the same day/time/level).

All other NICAS bookings

Monday 22nd Feb from 10am (new people, people on the waiting list, people moving up levels or those wanting to move days/times).


£50 (Level 2, 3, 4 & 5 (per half term block)).

Please note -  We do not book people on via email. Full payment is required at the time of booking. We do not sell or book individual sessions, NICAS is booked as a whole block and the cost is £50/£100 regardless of how many sessions you attended.

Anyone with priority booking who has not re-booked by 5pm on Friday 19th February 2016 may lose their place and Mile End Climbing Wall do not take responsibility for this. It is the parents responsibility to make sure their child is re-booked in time.

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