Indoor Climbing Day

Aimed at Yr 7-12 students working to match Staffordshire term dates

Maximum group size: 4

What's involved?

After ‘tea and toast’ to start the day at our centre, with time to set individual targets, stu-dents make a packed lunch before heading to a local climbing centre for the rest of the day.Once at the centre, they complete a 2 hour session of climbing as they work towards a NICAS Award (National Indoor Climbing Association). After a break for lunch, students complete a further activity at the centre which covers caving, high ropes, abseiling and bouldering across the length of the course.

Climbing is a brilliant activity for building trust in others and working as a team. At the end of the day, students return to the centre and log their activities on a photo sheet and review their daily target before finishing.

This project runs on a Monday from 11:30-4:30 due to activities and partnerships used in delivery. It is hoped this later start will also be appealing to some students and sending schools as transportation to the project may be easier.

Students begin the day completing accreditation paperwork and activities towards an AIM award Level 1 certificate in Skills for Working in Horticultural Industries. A picnic lunch is enjoyed together before students travel to a practical session with a local partner agency working on a gardening or forest-based project, returning to the centre for a debrief at the end of the day.

Students can attend for half a term or the whole year. With good attendance all students should be able to complete some credits towards the qualification each half term, although the full certificate is only available to those who remain on the project for a prolonged period of time. Places are allocated on a half termly basis.

“All staff at Eagle’s Nest have been very patient with X and given him lots of praise, which is needed for his low self-esteem.”