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Climb Quest Milton Keynes presents a fun, safe, inclusive way for children to work towards a nationally accredited climbing qualification, with the NICAS® Clip programme.

NICAS® (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) is The Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (ABCTT®) is a small educational charity who deliver progressive incentive schemes that provide a gateway from indoor climbing into a pathway of life-long participation in climbing and mountaineering.

Climb Quest offers a 12 -week course that covers both the NICAS® Clip Foundation and Advanced programmes.

Both programmes are for climbers that are 8 years and above.


Over the course of 12 weeks, this programme will introduce climbers to the techniques needed for indoor climbing, developing their awareness of climbing movements, and improving their confidence.  Climbers will work individually and in groups, developing team work, balance, communication, co-ordination and agility.  There are lots of games, as well as the opportunity to climb their favourite walls at the centre.

During the first 6 week, climbers will follow the Foundation Course, that is for climbers that are new to the NICAS® Clip programme.  After completion of this course, they can go on to the NICAS® Clip Advanced Programme.

The Advanced Programme is open to climbers that have completed the Foundation Programme.  Over the second 6-weeks of their programme, they will extend their knowledge of climbing.

Climbers will work individually and in groups, developing footwork, co-ordination, shifting their weight and buddy work.

Climbers will work their way through a log book that they will keep, and be awarded a NICAS® certificate and cloth badge at the end of the course.

This programme is led by NICAS®-trained team members at Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge, who will work with your child.


Both courses are for a maximum of 10 climbers.


We recommend that climbers are 8 years old before they start this course.  The course is instructor led, and therefore we anticipate that parents will not be on the arena unless the climber has additional needs.

While the programme is taking place, feel free to relax in our café with free Wi-Fi.  Please note that if your child is under 13 years old, you will have to stay in the centre.


The next NICAS® Clip  Programme is over 12 weeks, starting on Wednesday 13th Setepmber 2023, from 4-5pm.  There is a one week break for October half term.


Each 12-week course is £140 per climber.


So your child is ready to climb, they’ll need to come dressed in comfortable clothing and trainers, with long hair tied back. For safety reasons, please ask them to leave loose jewellery, hats, hooded tops, open toed shoes, flip flops, boots, crocs, rock shoes and heels at home.


You can book your place by calling the centre on 01908 348900 or emailing our Reception team.  Full payment is required at the start of the course.