New Trustees At A G M


At our AGM we will be nominating five new Trustees, after an extensive recruitment and interview process over the summer. We had a huge response from motivated and very highly skilled candidates and the Board had some tough decisions to make in whittling their shortlist down to our final nominees.

After the ABC members voted in changes to our Mems & Arts a couple of years ago, our Board comprises five ABC-member wall representative Trustees (one of whom is appointed by the ABC and holds the post until the ABC chooses a replacement) and up to four non-ABC Trustees. Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms before standing down.

Our vacancies mean we propose two ABC member Trustees and three non-ABC Trustees:

*Ben Levey (ABC): Ben is the Centre Manager at The Castle. He is currently responsible for developing their Youth Programme, and has a host of additional skills and experience in his CV.
*Jeremy Tapping (ABC): Jez is Head of Climbing at The Westway. As well as his wealth of day to day experience, he has a number of degrees in Sport Management, Development and Coaching.
*Jaka Lednik (non-ABC):Jaka is a keen climber with an MBA from Harvard. He is a leading strategic consultant and managed the Commercial function of the Main Operations Centre at the 2012 Olympics.
*Carys Rowlands (non-ABC): Carys has climbed since she was 2yrs old. As senior conduct manager for the CIMA, she brings first class legal skills. She has a background in coaching and teaching sport and manages two London DJs.
*John Roberts (non-ABC): John will be known to many as a super keen climber and alpinist. He is an experienced entrepreneur within the education sector and brings financial and strategic skills along with educational links.

They join Neil Wightwick (ABC) who is taking over the role of Chair from Clare De Meyer as she stands down, Brian McAlinden (ABC), Liz Holley (non-ABC) and Treasurer and ABC-appointed representative Andy Reid.


New Coach & Instructor Information Pack


We've just released a Coach Information pack, designed for both existing and new coaches and instructors who deliver NICAS and NIBAS at accredited centres. You can find a copy here: (select 'General')


Nicas & Nibas L4-5 Training


We have a number of Level 4 & 5 training sessions coming up for existing NICAS and NIBAS centre coaches; these are suitable as reinductions for centres already offering these levels, but some sessions can be modified to act as first-time inductions for new / aspirant centres. To find out dates and reserve a space, check Teamwork or contact


2016 Survey


Happy New Year! We are really excited to launch our National Indoor Climbing Awards Schemes survey:

This survey marks the start of a full scheme review in 2016. Our plan is to gain feedback from all young climbers; parents; teachers; climbing coaches and climbing centre managers alike, whether they take part in our schemes or not. We want to find out how \"fit for purpose\" the existing schemes are - and how we can improve upon them in the future. Please help us to circulate the survey link as broadly as possible to all your climbing colleagues, customers and contacts. In that way we hope that we might reach those who do not already participate or benefit, but might in the future.

There are prizes up for grabs and all feedback received will shape our future. Thank you for taking part and sharing our survey and we look forward to seeing the results! 


Teamwork Issue For Nicas Awarding Centres


We're aware that the Teamwork project for \"NICAS Accredited Centre resources\" has disappeared without any notice. We've ask Teamwork to investigate and will get this reinstated as soon as we can.


A B C T T - Notice Of A.G.M.


The ABCTT AGM takes place at Plas y Brenin on 12th October 2015 as part of the ABC AGM. All full members of the ABC are entitled to vote on matters relating to the ABCTT. For more information, please visit


Indoor Climbing At G C S E


In the 'Downloads' General folder you will find  the newly updated GCSE PE activity list from the Department of Education. Rock Climbing can now be done indoors or outdoors. This updates their announcement that it could only be done outdoors.


Calling Potential Trustees.... We Need You!


The ABCTT is seeking two Trustees to join our board. For more information please see:


2015 Nicas Schemes Seminar


The information letters and registration forms for the 2015 NICAS Schemes Seminar, to be held 7th & 8th February 2015 at Plas y Brenin, were emailed out to all our centres, Technical Advisors and Competent Persons last week. If yours hasn't arrived please get in touch on and we'll re-send it for you. The Information Letter and Registration form can be found in the Downloads 'General' folder.


N I B A S Half Of Website Temporarily Unavailable


UPDATE: to access the NIBAS half of our website from the home page, please click the NIBAS image (middle right hand side of page), as the tab link isn't currently working. IT are aware of this and it will be fixed when they can track down the bug. Thank you.


N I C A S Binder Quantities & Courier Costs


With immediate effect, NICAS Level 3-5 binders will be provided to Primary Centres in multiples of 25 instead of 30.

Unfortunately, due to increasing costs the courier charge for any order including binders will increase from £20 + VAT to £23 + VAT. This does NOT affect any orders for Level 1-2 logbooks (with no binders).

A pricing structure sheet listing all our products and costs will be posted to every NICAS centre in the next few days.



Additional N I B A S Primary Centre Induction Session Available


We are running one additional NIBAS induction session for aspirant Primary Centres and their Competent Persons on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at the BMC Offices in Manchester. To reserve a space please contact for a booking form. The cost is £50pp + VAT.


N I B A S Screening Committee


Applications to become NIBAS Primary and Awarding Centres are being reviewed by a Screening Committee, which comprises:

Martin Chester, ABCTT Executive Officer

Jon Wilson, ABC representative

Neil Wightwick, ABCTT Trustee

Steve Mayers, ABCTT Trustee

Tom Greenall, Coach

Brian McAlinden, NIBAS Committee


N I B A S Inductions - New Centres Available


The following aspirant NIBAS Primary Centres have now received inductions and are available to provide inductions to aspirant Awarding Centres:

The Climbing Academy Bristol

Boulders UK (Cardiff)

Big Rock Climbing Ltd

Awesome Walls

Durham Climbing Centre

Mile End Climbing Wall

The Climbing Station

Westway Climbing Centre

Transition Extreme

Eden Rock

The Glasgow Climbing Centre

EICA Ratho


More N I B A S Centres Available To Give Inductions


We are pleased to confirm that NIBAS inductions for aspirant Primary Centres are also now available from The Boardroom and from Climb Newcastle.


N I B A S Inductions For Awarding Centres


The following aspirant NIBAS Primary Centres have now received their induction, so are available to provide NIBAS inductions to aspirant Awarding Centres. Please contact them direct to arrange your induction:

  • Reading Climbing Centre
  • Harrogate Climbing Centre
  • Manchester Climbing Centre
  • Climbing Works
  • The Climbing Hangar
  • Beacon Climbing Centre

We will add to this list as more aspirant Primary Centres receive their inductions.


Induction Dates For N I B A S Primary Centres


NIBAS induction dates for aspirant Primary Centres are confirmed as follows:

  • Wednesday 30th July - BMC Offices (Manchester)
  • Friday 1st August - Creation Climbing Centre (Birmingham)
  • Wednesday 13th August - Westway Climbing Centre (London)
  • Friday 15th August - Glasgow Climbing Centre
  • Wednesday 20th August - Redpoint Bristol

Each day runs from 10am to 4pm and will be classroom based with a maximum of 25 participants. The cost is £50pp + VAT. A booking form can be downloaded from

The £50 fee will be deducted from the one-off Primary Centre fee of £450  for successful NIBAS applicant Primary Centres, subject to a maximum of £200 discount (4 attendees). Each person\'s attendance can only be counted as one discount against a single centre.

Please note that these inductions are for aspirant Primary Centre staff only at this time.

The application form is available in the NIBAS downloads section.


N I B A S Application Launch Today


We are delighted to announce the launch of the application process for aspirant NIBAS centres today. Later this afternoon you will find the following in the NIBAS Downloads section:

  • a copy of the NIBAS Digital Handbook in draft format
  • an application process
  • a registration form for all Accredited Centres (Levels 1 to 5)
  • a registration form for Primary Centre providership.

The finished version of the NIBAS Handbook will be published once the induction process is complete and the Scheme is ready to launch to candidates.

More information will appear on the front page of the NIBAS half of the site during the course of today.


Welsh Translator Required


The ABC Training Trust is looking for a Welsh translator for their forthcoming NIBAS documentation.

The NIBAS logbook must use the same linguistic style as our bilingual NICAS logbook, using both formal and technical Welsh terms. Some liaison with the BMC and Mountain Training may be necessary to agree technical words not yet agreed in Welsh. The logbook will be used in formal educational settings to teach both Bouldering and the Welsh language, so a very high standard is required.

This is a paid piece of work with a deadline of 8th August 2014. Please indicate your hourly or daily rate when applying.

If interested, please contact Anne on for more information. We will provide a copy of the bilingual NICAS logbook to indicate the language style required.  No formal CV is necessary.


2015 National Seminar: Feedback Sought


To all NICAS and aspirant NIBAS walls: this is YOUR opportunity to shape our national seminar at Plas y Brenin in February 2015. We are finalising the programme and speakers and would like your feedback on which topics you'd like us to run as workshops.

Currently we have confirmed Rebecca Williams (Managing the Fear of Falling) and John Kettle (Dynamic Movement and Momentum), with priority booking given to those who weren't able to attend their sessions last time. We're also very excited to have Rebecca Dent offering a classroom session on 'Physiology: training for your climbers and protecting their growing body, including injuries and injury prevention and nutrition'. We hope to have a second speaker working alongside Rebecca on this one.

Our unconfirmed topics, which came out of suggestions at the last seminar along with current hot topics, are as follows:

* Working with visually-impaired climbers
* Teaching climbers with challenging behaviours
* Basic fitness & exercise coaching; coordination & training for under-10s
* NIBAS levels 1-3
* NIBAS levels 4-5
* Coaching NICAS Level 3 and 4 to young climbers, including using video feedback as a Coaching resource
* Level 4 for younger climbers
* The business benefits of being a Primary Centre: how to make the most of our NICAS and NIBAS

What else would YOU like us to include or cover? Would you be interested in a factory tour of DMM on the Friday afternoon? Woudl you like us to invite speakers from Mountain Training, the BMC or other organisations? What would you like them to address? Do you know a great speaker you think would be motivational and inspirational to other instructors and climbing wall managers?

Our Saturday evening discussion session doesn't yet have a fixed topic: what would you like to debate in an open forum?

With any suggestions or comments please email


Metal Level 5 Accreditation Badges


Our new, metal, Level 5 accreditation badges are available to Primary Centres from today; photographs are on the Facebook page. Contact us for details on how to get hold of these.


Newsletter 8 - March 2014


Our 8th Newsletter is now available in the Downloads section. Contents include: a 10-week NICAS Level 1 lesson-plan courtesy of White Spider, a competition with prizes by Wild Country, meet our Trustee Neil Wightwick, moderation news, a NIBAS overview and much more. All centres and Technical Advisors will have their copy emailed today.


Database: Search Function Now Available


Following feedback from centres, the Online Candidate Database has been modified. Centres can now search by candidate surname (within their own records), as well as by candidate number. When adding a new candidate you can search by number if they've previously done NICAS elsewhere: this enables you to search the entire UK database.




For any centres who are having issues with the upgraded database, please check the following:

1. Please ensure you are logging in using the same codes as previously, but in a single field with a forward slash between the two sets, i.e. ABC/1234

2. Please clear your cache and history, then try logging in again (this will work if your candidate records are not showing)

3. Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported; please upgrade to IE11 or try another browser such as Firefox or Chrome

4. Please check that you are entering your password correctly

5. Any centres who had not registered for the new database prior to the change last week will now not be able to register and log in. We will create a manual registration and write to you with details.

For any other queries please email


NICAS logbooks: sales price increase


All NICAS centres should have received an email from us today with the new logbook prices in them.  They have increased as follows, the first increase since the scheme was launched in 2008:

Level 1 & 2 booklets now cost candidates up to a maximum RRP of 5 Pounds UKSterling or 6 Euros
Level 3-5 binders now cost candidates up to a maximum RRP of 8 Pounds UKSterling of 10 Euros

Please contact us with any queries.


NIBAS minimum requirements


The final draft of the minimum requirements for NIBAS - for instructors, course directors and physical facilities - is now available. A draft will be added to our Downloads section shortly and will also be available through our Facebook page.  Please email us if you would like a copy to be sent through.


NICAS / NIBAS database testing


We are looking for 6 existing NICAS centres who are using the Online Candidate Database to help us beta-test a new version.  This will have new functions such as the ability to transfer candidates between centres and improved functionality for Internet Explorer users.  The trial will take place during the week of 24 February to 2 March, with each centre expected to dedicate a couple of hours to testing the system, then feeding back their findings to us. Centres who successfully complete the trial will be rewarded with free sew-on NICAS badges. If your centre would like to be available to participate in this trial please contact, telling us your current operating system.


ABCTT announce their new Executive Officer


The ABC Training Trust is pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Martin Chester as the new Executive Officer of the ABC Training Trust.


Martin is currently the Director of Training at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre.  He is an International Mountain Guide and has been a keen advocate for the development of coaching expertise in climbing over many years. You may have seen him speaking and presenting at NICAS and BMC coaching conference in the pasts. Building on the successful launch of the Coaching Award Scheme for Mountain Training, Martin is keen to apply his expertise to launching NIBAS and help NICAS fulfil its potential in supporting the development of young climbers.


 Martin says: “I have always enjoyed my involvement with NICAS, whether as a member of the coaching team, or at seminars and conferences. It has tremendous potential to influence the future of so many climbers in the positive development of our sport. I can\'t wait to see what we can achieve in the next stage of development for the ABC Training Trust.”


These are exciting times for the development of British climbing, with the launch of the Mountain Training Coaching Award Scheme; The development of FUNdamentals workshops; and the Talent Profiling work of the BMC. Martin has already played an important role in many of these recent developments. “This is such an exciting time for coaching in climbing. I am hoping to build on my success to see if I can develop a portfolio of well aligned projects” he says “and I’m looking forward to enjoying more of my own Guiding work as well – before my knees are too old”

Martin will take up the position from the first of April 2014.

For all comments and queries please contact Anne Garnish, ABCTT Administration on




We are delighted to confirm that EdExcel have formally adopted NICAS as their syllabus for the GCSE PE (Indoor Climbing) as part of Adventurous Activities. EdExcel have started to send the syllabus to academic organisations under \'Meeting Local Needs\' so we will be in a position to issue a FINAL copy for reference, and a press release, within the next few weeks. The process for using NICAS within this context is as follows:

EdExcel refer to schools and academic organisations as Centres. For the purposes of this document, “Centre” refers to the academic organisation and not to a NICAS Primary centre, Awarding Centre or climbing wall. In order to use the EdExcel Indoor Climbing GCSE (PE) syllabus, the onus is on the academic organisation to seek approval from EdExcel.

The Centre must contact EdExcel to say they want to do the indoor version of GCSE climbing. EdExcel will send them the syllabus along with other necessary documentation under the \'Meeting Local Needs\' basis.  The Centre take this syllabus to their local climbing facility – a NICAS AC or PC – who may then deliver and assess for GCSE using the criteria laid down by EdExcel.

If a school contacts an AC or PC and say they want to do EdExcel GCSE PE Indoor Climbing, the AC / PC is responsible for delivery but only after the academic organisation has contacted EdExcel to seek formal approval. 

Candidates may follow the EdExcel syllabus without being registered for NICAS, however they will not receive NICAS certificates as they achieve each level.  If they wish, they can register for NICAS at a later date and retrospectively log their progress to be allowed Direct Entry to the appropriate level of the Scheme.


Aspirant Primary Centre - submissions invited


We have received an application from Awesome Walls Sheffield to become a NICAS Primary Centre. In accordance with usual practice, we are opening a 30-day public consultation period to enable any interested parties to send a submission about the proposal.  Please email with any comments.  The Board will meet in January 2014 to consider this application.


Job Vacancy: Executive Officer Post for the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust


The ABCTT is a limited company and registered charity that administers the NICAS scheme and is currently developing the new NIBAS (bouldering) scheme. Its aims are to promote education and training in climbing and it has ambitious plans to provide the structure for high standard grass roots coaching in the sport. The NICAS scheme has registered over 55,000 young people for coaching since its inception in 2008.

The Board of Trustees seeks to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Executive Officer to head the management and development of the Trust\'s activities from the beginning of 2014. The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge of the indoor climbing industry and coaching profession. They will bring strategic vision to the post along with excellent communication skills, business acumen and proven management experience. They will be responsible for the management of the Trust\'s officers and for liaising and negotiating with stakeholder organisations. 

The initial contract will be for 1 day per week (0.2) on a pro rata salary of UKSterling40,000. The post is funded by Sports England and will initially be for 3 years.  Under Board review against targets set by Sport England these hours may be increased and the tenure extended.

Enquiries for a full job description and person specification should be sent to:

Applications should be made in writing by submitting a current CV, together with a covering letter and details of two referees, to the same address.

The closing date for applications is Monday November 4th 2013. Interviews are scheduled for late November 2013.


Candidate dates on database


For any centres who are being affected by the intermittant bug entering Level 1-5 dates onto the candidate database, please try as follows: please use the DELETE key (not backspace) and click next to the date, don't highlight the date itself. IT are aware of this bug and are working to fix it.


NICAS database: new log-in details


For any centres struggling to log in to the new database please try


Candidate database now online


The Centre Login section of the website is now operational.  All centres will have received an email this afternoon containing their centre codes and should now create a password and start to register candidates. With any queries please email


New handbooks


New print copies of the up-to-date NICAS handbooks are now available at 5 each (VAT exempt). To order, in any quantity, please email


Email issue resolved


If you have attemped to send an email within the last 48 hours it may have bounced or been rejected.  This issue has now been resolved, so please re-send your email to Thank you.


Accredited centre renewal fees from 01/06/2013


A reminder to all our accredited centres: from 1st June 2013 the renewal fees for accredited Centres are changing as follows:

Lvl 1 centres: £30.00 plus VAT (no change)
Lvl 2 centres: £35.00 plus VAT (£5.00 + VAT  increase)
Lvl 3 centres: £50.00 plus VAT (no change)
Lvl 4 centres: £60.00 plus VAT (£10.00 + VAT increase)

There will be no change to the renewal fee for Primary Centres.


Level 3 film - 'Grit Kids'


We are delighted to advise that we have teamed up with Hot Aches Productions to offer a full, copyrighted, version of the 2008 film 'Grit Kids' free for all NICAS Level 3 candidates at If you have any difficulty accessing the film please let us know.


BMC Para Climbing Competition 2013


We are excited about the upcoming BMC Para-Climbing Series, whose first round is on Tuesday 26th March 2013 at the Castle in London.  This is a series of three competitive events for climbers with disabilities to enable to BMC to identify talent to help create a GB Para-Climbing team.  Entries are online. If you have any NICAS candidates taking part in the competition please let us know - we'd love to feature their stories and experiences in a future newsletter.


Handbooks available to buy


All NICAS accredited centres and Technical Advisors have been sent a copy of the new NICAS handbook.  If you would like additional copies they are available to buy at £5 each (VAT exempt) plus postage. Please email


BMC & British Junior Climbing Team update


Back in June 2012 we announced a sponsorship deal with the GB Junior Climbing Team through the BMC. You can keep uip with the progress of the squad's achievements through the GB Team pages here.


Annual renewal increases from 01/06/2013


As highlighted in our October 2012 newsletter, from 1st June 2013 the renewal fees for Awarding Centres are changing as follows:

Lvl 1 centres: £30.00 plus VAT (no change)
Lvl 2 centres: £35.00 plus VAT (£5.00 + VAT  increase)
Lvl 3 centres: £50.00 plus VAT (no change)
Lvl 4 centres: £60.00 plus VAT (£10.00 + VAT increase)

There will be no change to the renewal fee for Primary Centres.


Merchandise at NICAS seminar


We will have NICAS badges and the new Visually Impaired logbooks and certificates available to buy at the NICAS seminar, Plas y Brenin, 2nd-3rd February 2013.  With 86 confirmed delegates it's going to be a busy, exciting weekend.  There is still availability on workshops E through to K, with accommodation if required, so any last-minute bookings are welcomed.


Visually Impaired booklets now available


The new Level 1 & 2 logbook has been produced in Large Print format for the use of Visually Impaired candidates.  Designed with the help of OnThisRoc the A4 booklet, and accompanying Level 1 and 2 certificates, aim to make the scheme accessible to more candidates.  Available at £4 each (exempt from VAT) they can be ordered from


UIAA Youth Commission news


Recently Andy Reid represented NICAS as a guest at the UIAA Youth Commission, and we are forging ties to work more closely with them in the future.  Read more here.



A very merry Christmas


We would like to wish all our accredited Centres, Technical Advisors and candidates a very merry Christmas and peaceful and prosperous New Year.  We look forward to working with you all in 2013.


NICAS seminar at Plas y Brenin 02-03/02/2013


We have 2 spaces remaining on each of workshops C and D, with A&B fully booked, but reasonable availability on workshops E to K inclusive.  Accommodation is still available.  Please send your booking form through as soon as possible if you wish to reserve a place.


NICAS seminar update


Workshop A (Psychology of Climbing with Rebecca Williams) and B (Movement Coaching with John Kettle) are now fully booked.  The other 8 workshops all have good availability.


NICAS seminar bookings


The NICAS seminar at Plas y Brenin on the weekend of 2nd-3rd February 2013 is filling fast.  Priority is being given to existing NICAS Centres and their Technical Advisors, but bookings will be opened to reserves and other interested parties from 1st December 2012.  Very limited spaces remain on the Psychology and Movement Coaching workshops, so please get bookings in as soon as possible.  Full details available in the Downloads section.


New NICAS booklet assessment pages


If you have old-style NICAS booklets and binders and wish to use the new Assessment logs they will be available very shortly from the Downloads section of the website, under \"Logbook pages\".  Primary Centres may access the new Level 5 pages through Dropbox or by emailing


A reminder to all scheme users


Please be aware that photocopies of logbooks and certificates are not acceptable.  All candidates must have an original, bound, printed logbook or binder for their personal use.  Photocopies of specific pages may be used only where they are being taken into a training area and the original is kept safe elsewhere for later completion.  If you are offered a photocopy of a logbook or certificate, instead of an original, please report it to us immediately. If you are experiencing difficulties obtaining stocks of original logbooks please contact us, stating the name of the centre involved, so we can investigate.


News from the Youth World Championships


Click here to read the full report from Ian Dunn on the IFSC Youth World Championships in Singapore which took place at the end of August.  NICAS has sponsored the GB Junior Climbing team for 2012 to help them compete at international level.  A round-up of the full year's events will follow in a future newsletter.


NICAS posters & flyers


Thew new NICAS posters and flyers have not reached me as expected, but I hope to collect them in person next week and will post them out to all walls who have requested them.  Apologies for the delay!


NICAS Seminar 2-3 Feb 2013 PyB


Our latest Newsletter (4) has just been issued, and contains details of the national Seminar we are hosting at Plas y Brenin from 2nd to 3rd February 2013.  Email invitations have been sent to all NICAS accredited centres and Technical Advisors, and copies will shortly be added to the downloads section of the website. Please email for any information or with queries.


New Level 1 & 2 booklets now available


The new Level 1/2 booklets have now been printed and are available for order through your Primary Centre.  The revised Welsh-English bilingual version, the Scheme Handbook and a Large Print logbook are all in production and will follow over the next few weeks.


National seminar: 2-3 Feb 2013


We are delighted to confirm NICAS is offering a national seminar at Plas y Brenin on the weekend of 2-3 February 2013 (residential).  A programme and costs will be published shortly, with bookings to open imminently. 


The Quay (Exeter) - new Primary Centre


We are pleased to confirm that The Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter has changed from a Level 4 Awarding Centre to a Level 5 Primary Centre.


West View (Preston) - new Primary Centre


We are pleased to confirm that West View Leisure Centre in Preston has changed from a Level 4 Awarding Centre to a Level 5 Primary Centre.


New handbook / logbook date


At yesterday's ABCTT Board meeting the new handbook and logbook were unveiled and discussed.  The Board hope to have the final amendments completed and new stocks printed by the beginning of September 2012 for the new school term.  Existing stock will not be invalidated, but we are running down our stocks of logbooks in anticipation of the changes.  Please email with any queries.


Issue 3 Newsletter now available


The 3rd NICAS newsletter is now available in the Downloads section of the website. It contains information about our first two Amabassadors Kenton Cool and Hazel Findlay, an article on Muscle stretching, using NICAS within GCSEs, meet our Trustee Jon Wilson, an article from Awarding Centre Hollingworth Lake and much more.


NICAS Ambassadors


The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) has announced the appointment of two ambassadors to help raise awareness of the scheme to young people, parents and climbing centres. more


NICAS short film DVDs


We have a limited supply of DVDs showing the NICAS video (which can be viewed on the front page of this site) so that it can be played on televisions or in places without internet access. If your centre would like a copy please contact


Free RockFax posters available to download


Following the success of Sophie Mitchell\'s book \"The Beginners\' Guide For Climbers\" Rockfax have produced two posters which are available for free download. Poster 1 is the Pre-Climb check, poster 2 is the Belay sequence.


Carriage costs increase


With effect from 1st June 2012 the carriage costs for logbook orders will be as follows:

1 x box of Part 1 booklets £16.04 + VAT
1 x box of Part 2 binders £17.71 + VAT
Multiple box orders remain at £20 + VAT


NICAS changes


An email has been sent to all centres and Technical Advisors today setting out forthcoming changes to NICAS, including NICAS proposed name change, VAT registration, annual data, re-registration, carriage costs and badges. If you have not received the email or have any queries please email


Issue 2 Newsletter now available


The 2nd NICAS newsletter is now available here.  This edition includes Training for a Youth Squad, Meet a Trustee, and one young climber\'s experience of NICAS and the BMCYCS.  All Course Directors will also receive the newsletter by email.


Free book for every NICAS centre


Every active NICAS Primary and Awarding Centre is to be sent a copy of Sophie Mitchell\'s \"Beginner\'s Guide for Climbers\", published by Rockfax, once the stock arrives with us in February.  If your centre has not yet sent back your Annual Data return to 31st May 2011 you will not receive the book, so please contact immediately with your data if necessary.


NICAS Badges - new postage costs


Following advice from Royal Mail, all future NICAS badges orders will be sent Special Delivery Next Day rather than our previous arrangement of Signed For.  To minimise the impact of this increased cost to Primary Centres, the handling fee is reduced from UKP3 to UKP1.50 for all orders placed from 11/01/2012 onwards.


NICAS on Twitter


You can now follow NICAS on Twitter: @NICAS_Team with #NICAS.  We also have a Facebook page at:


BMC DVD: Climbing Wall Essentials


The BMC\'s new DVD \"Climbing Wall Essentials\" is now available.  With chapters covering all aspects of indoor climbing, including NICAS, it\'s applicable to all indoor climbers regardless of their age or experience.  You can buy it direct from the BMC\'s online shop.


NICAS sew-on badges now available


NICAS sew-on badges for each level of the scheme are now available!  Samples will be posted to Primary and Awarding Centres over the next few days and further supplies will be available to order through Primary Centres shortly.


Changes to the BMC Youth Climbing Series


The BMC has announced exciting changes to their Youth Climbing Series competitions from 2012.  More details, including future dates, can be found at

These competitions are ideal for NICAS candidates working towards Levels 4 and 5, and accessible to all youth climbers from age 7 and up.


Seminars 2010/11 - notes now available


A series of lecture notes and additional information from the 2010/11 National seminars are now available in our Downloads section at


NICAS Review Questionnaire 2011


The NICAS Review Questionnaire 2011 has been emailed out to all Technical Advisors and Course Directors for centres offering Level 3 and above.  If you have not received a copy and would like to comment please email for a copy.


ABCTT AGM & Trustees


The ABCTT AGM will take place on Wednesday 16th March 2011.  At this meeting a number of ABCTT Trustees will be resigning with some standing for re-election.

We welcome applications from anyone representing a climbing wall holding full ABC membership who wishes to be an ABCTT Trustee.  Applications should be submitted to Guy Jarvis, ABCTT Chair on to be received no later than Tuesday 8th March 2011.


NICAS Newsletter February 2011


The first NICAS newsletter is now available as a pdf document. For a copy please see the downloads section of the website or click here


NICAS National Seminar - extra date 30/03/2011


We are pleased to confirm that following the success of the 2010 NICAS seminar series, we are running an extra one-off event for those who were unable to attend last year.  The seminar will be on 30th March 2011 and is at Manchester Climbing Centre.  Places are limited so please contact as soon as possible if you wish to book.


Welsh NICAS - message from Guy Jarvis, chair of ABCTT


We are pleased to inform you that the ABCTT has now produced an English/Welsh bilingual version of the part 1 student logbook covering levels 1 and 2. These 32 page booklets are of the same design as the original English version but have both English and Welsh translations of each page. The bilingual version costs the same as the English only version. We have also produced Welsh versions of the level 1 and 2 certificates (not bilingual). This has been a long standing project of the ABCTT and we would particularly like to thank Berwyn Evans of the Beacon climbing centre for all his work on it.

The logbooks can be ordered in the usual way from Primary Centres for Awarding Centres and from Anne for Primary Centres.


National seminars


We are delighted to announce that over the next few months we are offering four national NICAS seminars.  We are bringing together representatives of NICAS, MLT, BMC, ABC and AMI to discuss the future of indoor climbing and coaching, as well as offering coaching advice and four workshop options:
* Coaching and how to run a squad;
* Advice for Technical Advisers working with indoor walls;
* Issues involved with Youth Lead Climbing;
* NICAS and working with GCSE, QCF and DofE.
The seminars are taking place in Swindon, Edinburgh, Manchester and Leicester.  Please contact for more details.


Two new member Trustees


Following the ABCTT board meeting on 15th July 2010 we are delighted to announce the appointment of two Member Trustees: Matt Keates and Clare de Meyer.  They will represent members\' views and concerns.


Scheme Launched


The NICAS scheme has now been launched and is available for individuals and climbing walls to register on to. Twenty two Primary Centres around the country currently run the scheme and can induct other centres who have registered to deliver the scheme. The NICAS website gives details of how to register, where to contact your nearest Primary Centre and the small costs involved.

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