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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

Start and Develop Sport 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: Free to Platinum Members, Members £15, Associate/Concession £20, Non-members £25

*Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.

Day, Times, Dates: Dates are available throughout the year, please contact Sport Central reception on 0191 227 4700 for more information

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 via telephone on 0191 227 4700 or at Sport Central Reception.

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-member

Cost: Free to Platinum Members, Members £15, Associate/Concession £20, Non-members £25

*Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.

Duration: 3 weeks

Day, Times, Dates: Unfortunately we are unable to run Sport Climbing sessions at the moment; we are hoping to re-establish these in 2016.

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 and confidence in top rope climbing  is essential.

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

Booking Information:

You can via telephone on 0191 227 4700 or at Sport Central Reception.

Kids Rock! Climbing Parties

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
  • Certificates
  • 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 qualified 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 size and subject to staffing)
  • 90 minute climbing session (led by 3 x fully qualified instructors)
  • Email invitation template
  • Certificates
  • One hour free room hire, subject to availability. Additional hour/s will be charged at £29.99 per hour.

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/iPhones 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 Jacqueline Critchley, Sport Service & Product Assistant via

Telephone: 0191 227 4871
Email: j.critchley@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

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.

Qiuckdraws are in-situ on many routes to allow lead climbing.  Those which do not have quickdraws still have bolts to allow for quickdraw placement.  Customers wishing to lead climb must bring their own rope and additional quickdraws as needed.

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

Route Grading

Route Grading

Routes are graded using the French system and range from 4 – 7c.

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

Social Climbing

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 run successful ‘social climbing nights’ on Monday and Friday evenings (term time only). 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 members
Members: £3, Concessions £4, Non-members £5

Member = Applicable to individuals that hold a Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.
Concession = Northumbria 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.

Taster Sessions

Taster Sessions

Taster Sessions are ideal if you have never climbed before and want to see if you enjoy it before committing to a Start Climbing course.  Taster Sessions can be booked at any time that the wall is open (subject to availability).  The instructor will take care of all the safety aspects of your session, allowing you to enjoy your first climbing experience.  Taster Sessions run for 60 minutes, prices are as follows:

 

Open to: Northumbria students, staff and public.

Cost: Members* £5, Associate (non-members) £6, Public (non-members) £7

*Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.

Location: Climbing Wall, Sport Central

Additional Information:

No previous experience is needed, ideal for beginners.

Individual and group sessions can be booked (maximum 6)

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