Young climbers aged 14 to 17 may climb unsupervised at The Castle if they pass an assessment. Parents and young climbers must read the Information Sheet (available for download) and complete the registration form and parental consent. Young climbers may not supervise other climbers.
All climbers must be able to boulder safely and top-rope climb and belay.
14-15 year olds: Climbers must be able to boulder safely and top-rope and lead climb and belay.
16-17 year olds: Climbers must be able to boulder safely and top-rope climb and belay. Climbers may pass an optional lead climbing assessment if they want to lead climb.
Young climbers must re-register as adult climbers (either Roped Climbing or Bouldering Only Registration) when they turn 18.
Assessments are conducted by Castle Duty Managers who will judge whether the candidate has the necessary maturity, experience and skills to climb unsupervised. The assessments usually take 30 to 45 minutes and must be booked in advance by phoning Reception on 020 8211 7000. There is a £5 fee for the assessment payable whether the climber passes or is deferred.
We are able to conduct assessments at the following times:
Mon: 2.30 – 5.00
Tue: 1.30 – 5.00
Wed: 1.30 – 5.00
Thu: 1.30 – 5.00
Fri: 2.30 – 6.00
Please note that your child must bring someone to climb for them during the assessment so that they can demonstrate belaying skills.
Parental attendance and consent
14-15 year olds: Parent/guardian must sign parental consent and attend the assessment.
16-17 year olds: Parent/guardian must sign the consent form, but does not need to be present at the assessment.
Training Aid Restrictions
14 and 15 year olds may not use The Castle Gym. 16 and 17 year olds may use The Castle following an induction. Contact Reception to book the free gym induction.
A three event climbing and bouldering competition series. While the events have a fun, festival atmosphere to them and are suitable for beginners, they are also essential for selection onto the British Team.
Saturday 29th March - BMC YCS - London & SE: Round 3
The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people from 7 to 17. Extremely popular, these comps are suitable for you, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience.
New Year Deals on Courses & Gear!
Discounts for Bouldering Only members & those new to the sport on Introductory Climbing Courses - from 6th January to 28th February 2014.
Duty Managers Wanted
The Castle is looking for enthusiastic, flexible people to join our Duty Managing team. Duty Managers have responsibility for the operation of the centre during opening hours and act as the designated First Aider when the centre is open. They provide a reference point for all the day’s activities for both staff and customers; they ensure that safety procedures are followed and they provide a friendly, efficient service for our customers while supporting the staff in the centre working in their specialist roles.