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Climbing Wall

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It’s great for either keeping fit or supporting an exercise routine.

The Climbing Wall at Sport Central is in a superb position to support climbers from all over the region being located in the city centre of Newcastle. The wall has a large range of features with a stunning overhang feature as the main focal point and slab section for developing technique. We can cater for first timers to advanced competitive climbers.

Our fully qualified climbing instructors deliver courses on a daily basis for introductions to climbing through to technique work and sport climbing workshops.

Start and Develop Sport Climbing Courses

We offer two Climbing Courses:

Start Climbing

Start Climbing is suited to those who have little or no climbing experience or for those who have had some bouldering experience and want to start using ropes. This activity will take you through all the basics you need to know to get started in one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. Start Climbing consists of three session,  two 1.5 hour tuition sessions and a third 1.5 hour session where you will complete a Climbing Registration enabling you to climb unsupervised. Maximum number of places per date block is six.

Open to: Northumbria students, staff and public.

Cost: Members* £25, Non members £35

*Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.

Day, Times, Dates: Start Climbing sessions have taken place for this semester. Please check back in September for new dates.

Location: Climbing Wall, Sport Central

Additional Information:

No previous experience is needed, beginners are welcome.
Individual and Partner bookings can be made.
All equipment which is needed will be provided.
Wear comfortable clothing (trousers) that you can easily move in.

Booking Information:

You can Book Online or at Sport Central Reception.

Online Booking Instructions:

1) Enter your Login ID and Pin. If you are a Northumbria University student or staff member your login is your computer username and your PIN is your library Pin. If you are not a Northumbria University student or staff member you must sign up.
2) Change your preferred booking site to Sport Central (this is in the top right hand corner)
3) Click on 'Make a Booking'
4) Click on Start link
5) Select the session you wish to book then select the first date. This will book you onto the duration of the programme.

Develop Sport Climbing

If you want to make an entry into the world of sport climbing, then Develop Sport Climbing is for you. Spread across three x 1.5 hour sessions the programme will teach you how to alter your belaying skills for lead climbing, clip using pre-placed quick draws, clip quickdraws in to pre-established anchor points and how to hold your body position for optimum clipping. Following this programme, participants will have the skills to complete a competency check in sport climbing and sport climb without direct supervision.

Open: Staff, Students & Public - Members & Non Members

Cost: Member* £25, Non member £35

*Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.

Duration: 3 weeks

Day, Times, Dates: Start Climbing sessions have taken place for this semester. Please check back in September for new dates.

Location: Climbing Wall, Sport Central

Member = Applicable to individuals that hold a Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.
Non member = Applicable to those that do not hold a membership or qualify for concession rate.

Additional Information:

A current Climbing Registration for the Sport Central Climbing Wall must be held which is part of the Start Climbing Course. Previous experience in top rope climbing and the confidence to climb using a top rope would be beneficial but not essential.

All equipment which is needed will be provided. Wear comfortable practical clothing (trousers) that you can easily move in.

Booking Information:

You can Book Online or at Sport Central Reception.

Online Booking Instructions:

1) Enter your Login ID and Pin. If you are a Northumbria University student or staff member your login is your computer username and your PIN is your library Pin. If you are not a Northumbria University student or staff member you must sign up.
2) Change your preferred booking site to Sport Central (this is in the top right hand corner)
3) Click on 'Make a Booking'
4) Click on Develop link
5) Select the session you wish to book then select the first date. This will book you onto the duration of the programme.

Kids Rock! Climbing Parties

Let us take the stress of organising a party with our fully inclusive Climbing Party Packages. Aimed at children aged 8-16 years our parties offer children the opportunity to try a new activity in a fun and friendly environment.

We offer two packages dependent on your requirements.

Package 1: £69.99 inclusive

  • Up to 6 participants
  • 90 minute session (led by 1 x fully qualified instructor)
  • Email invitation template
  • Certficates
  • One hour free room hire- subject to availability. Additional hour/s will be charged at £29.99 per hour.

Package 2: £119.99 inclusive

  • Up to 12 participants
  • 90 minute session (led by 2 x fully qualifed instructors)
  • Email invitation template
  • Certificates
  • One hour free room hire- subject to availability. Additional hour/s will be charged at £29.99 per hour.

Package 3: £199.99 inclusive

  • Up to 18 participants (maximum group sizeand subject to staffing)
  • 90 minute climbing session (led by 3 x fully qualified instructors)
  • Email invitation template
  • Certficates
  • One hour free room hire, subject to availability. Additional hour/s will be charged at £29.99 per hour. 

Catering options are also available upon request. Please note catering is only available to Packages 2 and 3.

Menu A

  • Hot dog/veggie sausage, spiral fries, carton of juice
    £4.50 per person

Menu B

  • Half a margherita pizza, spiral fries, carton of juice
    £4.50 per person

Menu C

  • Sandwich, crisps, apple, cookie, five a live drink
    £4.90 per person

Additional Information

  • Birthday cake and party bags are not provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own-don't forget the candles!
  • We have facilities to accommodate ipods/i-phones if you would like to have music at your party.
  • Children must bring a drink for the party.
  • Loose clothing and trainers must be worn
  • All climbing instructors are fully qualified and CRB checked.
  • Parents do not need to supervise for the duration of the party but are welcome to stay if they wish.

To book or to arrange a viewing of the Climbing Wall please contact James Wilkinson, Sport Product Manager via

Telephone: 0191 227 4456
Email: james.wilkinson@northumbria.ac.uk

Memberships

Our Central Climb membership includes access to wall, registration and Start Climbing course.

Annual:

Student Staff Associate Public
£200.00 £280.00
£320.00 (Peak)
 
£380.00 (Peak)

Monthly:

Student Staff Associate Public
£20.00 £28.00
£32.00 (Peak)
 

£38.00 (Peak)
 

To purchase a Central Climb membership visit our Online Booking System

Our Platinum membership includes access to the Climbing Wall, Climbing Registration, Start Climbing course and a host of other benefits.

Annual:

Student Staff Associate Public
£260.00 £385.00 £435.00 (Peak)
£385.00 (Off Peak)
£520.00 (Peak)
£470.00 (Off Peak)

Monthly:

Student Staff Associate Public
£29.00 £38.50 £43.50 (Peak)
£38.50 (Off Peak)
£52.00 (Peak)
£47.00 (Off Peak)

To purchase a Platinum membership visit our Online Booking System

Opening Times

The Climbing Wall is open at the following times:

Monday: 12:00-22:00
Tuesday: 12:00-22:00
Wednesday: 12:00-22:00
Thursday: 12:00-22:00
Friday: 12:00-22:00
Saturday: 12:00-18:00
Sunday: 12:00-18:00

Climbing Wall Specification

The 12m high Climbing Wall comprises of eighteen climbing lines, with three routes on each line. Thirteen lines are real form textured surfaces and five lines are on textured panels.

The wall also comprises of a two person belay ledge and climbing equipment placement system.

The sunken ground anchors eliminate the need for heavy sandbags, and air conditioning keeps the Climbing Wall cool even on hot days.

Route Grading

Routes are graded using the French system and range from 4 – 8A.

We aim to renew two lines per week to ensure there is always something new to try.

Social Climbing

Looking for a climbing partner? Or maybe you’ve just passed the ‘Start Climbing’ course and are looking to progress to the next level.

We currently run successful ‘social climbing nights’ on Monday and Friday evenings. Open to Northumbria staff, students and the public sessions are ideal for those seeking climbing partners, making new friends and for those who enjoy a social element to their climbing. Friendly staff are also on hand to offer advice and help on those tricky routes!

When: Every Monday and Friday, 19:00-22:00

Where: Climbing Wall, Sport Central

These sessions are open to all, Northumbria Students, Staff and Public

Cost (per session):
Free for Platinum and climbing members
Members: £3.49, Concessions £3.99, Non Members £4.99

Member = Applicable to individuals that hold a Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.
Concession = Norhumbria University students, Staff Members, U16's or over 60's. Proof required.
Non member = Applicable to those that do not hold a membership or qualify for concession rate.

You can just turn up and pay on the day or you can book in advance at Sport Central Reception.