Southampton Climbing SQUAD

At Southampton Climbing Wall we are proud to support our Development SQUAD Performance SQUAD. These are teams of enthusiastic young climbers who train hard and compete with good spirit. The competitions we train for give the climbers purpose and clear goals to aim for, whilst the opportunity to climb regularly at various walls and develop high level techniques is the true motivation for this ongoing program.

Who are the SQUADs for?

The Southampton Climbing SQUADs are open to any junior climber (8-18yrs) who have a moderate ability for their age, personally motivated to develop and a keen, mature attitude to participate in athletic training for climbing.

Both the Squads include:

  • Free climbing at Southampton Climbing Wall at all times
  • Low coaching ratios between 1:4 – 1:6 for Performance and 1:6 – 1:8 for Development depending on the session. All coaching by experienced and dedicated climbing coaches.
  • All needed equipment including ropes for lead climbing (all climbers are expected to have their own shoes)
  • Support and advice at all climbing competition events
  • Area for parents to communicate online to help arrange shared lifts to training and events
  • Easy to use online system to sign up to training sessions
  • Personalised training programs where needed

Please note that transport to training events and competitions is not included.

Development SQUAD
  • Typical age: 7-11 years
  • Average weekly coached training: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
  • Times of training: Monday 5pm – 6.30pm, + Wednesday 5pm – 6pm with quarterly day visits to larger climbing centres such as Reading or Calshot, + support at competitions.
  • Costs: Currently costs are worked out over a monthly basis and paid by direct debit.
  • How to enter: email Tim at SCW who will discuss any vacancies and the selection process.
Performance SQUAD
  • Average weekly coached training: 4 – 5 hours
  • Times of training: Tuesday  5pm – 7pm, + every other Saturday at a larger climbing centre such as Reading or Calshot, + support at competitions.
  • Performance SQUAD members are also expected to do additional personal climbing / training outside of these times.
  • Costs: the performance squad costs are currently paid monthly by direct debit.
  • How to enter: email Tim at SCW who will discuss any vacancies and the selection process.

Visit the Performance SQUAD website

Click for detailed pricing on the Performance SQUAD

Price & Payments

  • £47.50 – £48.00 approximately per month
  • + £5 per Saturday training session
  • + external wall door charges

There are three costs for the SQUAD and if you participate in all training sessions. The first cost is the monthly membership fee, this is collected by Direct Debit at the beginning of the month for the month ahead. The second cost is a £5 fee per session, this is paid when you sign up to each session – you can sign up to one session at a time or for months in advance, it’s up to you and this cost is £5 if we are training at SCW or externally. The final cost is the door charge for entering external climbing walls, this will be added to the individual session cost that you pay when signing up to a session and will be between £5-£8.50 depending where we go.

We do not mark up these door charges and only collect them to reduce sign-in times and congestion at external walls.

Our aim to to ensure that your coaching is kept at minimum cost to you but also enable us to continuously support squad members.

Please note that above costs do not include competition registration or entry. This will be an additional responsibility for parents and we will advise on how to register and what it will cost once this information is available from the respective competition organisers.