School Groups

Welcome to City Bloc Climbing for Schools

Unlock the full potential of students through the power of climbing at City Bloc Leeds. We are dedicated to bringing the benefits of climbing to schools, enriching the lives of young individuals physically and mentally. Explore how our tailored programs and educational sessions can make a transformative impact on your school community.

Discover the Benefits of Climbing in Education
Climbing isn’t just a sport; it’s a holistic educational experience. Discover how climbing can be a catalyst for growth, fostering physical fitness, mental agility, and a sense of accomplishment among students. Our programs go beyond the walls of the climbing gym to empower young learners with essential life skills.

Empowering Students through Climbing
At City Bloc, we believe in the power of climbing to empower students. Our mission is to nurture confidence, build resilience, and unlock hidden potential through the exhilarating world of climbing. Join us in creating a learning environment where students develop not only physical strength but also the life skills necessary for success in school and beyond.

What we deliver for schools

Tailored Climbing Programs
At City Bloc, we understand that every school has its unique needs and goals. That’s why we offer tailored climbing programs designed to align with your specific requirements. Our programs not only enrich physical education but also enhance various aspects of school life. Whether you’re looking to boost fitness, foster teamwork, or empower your students with life skills, our tailored climbing programs are here to help you achieve your educational objectives.

Educational Climbing Sessions
Our educational climbing sessions are designed to engage students in a fun and enriching learning experience. These sessions provide a structured approach to climbing, offering progression towards confident and empowered young individuals in a group environment. Whether you’re interested in regular climbing education sessions or one-off experiences, our programs cater to a wide range of educational needs, from rewards for good behavior to mental breaks from exam stress.

Teacher Development Workshops: Building Stronger Teams and Inspiring Leaders
Climbing isn’t just for students; it’s a fantastic opportunity for teachers as well. At City Bloc, our Teacher Development Workshops focus on bringing teachers closer as a team and unlocking leadership potential through the exciting world of climbing. Climbing challenges promote trust, communication, and teamwork among educators, and these skills extend to their roles in the classroom. Our workshops go beyond climbing techniques, fostering adaptability and effective leadership to inspire and guide students. We tailor our workshops to meet your school’s unique needs. Join us to strengthen your teaching team, cultivate leadership skills, and have fun in a supportive environment.

Climbing Integration in the Classroom
We believe in the power of climbing to enrich classroom learning. Our expertise extends beyond the climbing wall, as we share insights into teaching complex physical skills to kids and young people, including those with diverse needs such as neurodiversity. By integrating climbing concepts into your classroom, you can enhance physical education while providing students with valuable life lessons in problem-solving, self-efficacy, and more.

Why Climbing Benefits Your School

Skills Development through Climbing
Climbing isn’t just an adventure; it’s a powerful tool for skills development. When students climb, they’re not only conquering heights; they’re also building physical and mental abilities. Climbing enhances fitness, strength, coordination, and control, making it a holistic activity for physical development. Moreover, it immerses students in a mindful experience, offering a unique blend of physical exertion and mental focus. Climbing isn’t just about conquering walls; it’s about conquering personal goals, fostering self-confidence, planning and goal-setting skills, boosting self-efficacy, and enhancing the ability to perceive and manage risk. It’s a multifaceted journey that empowers students with skills that go far beyond the climbing wall.

Inclusivity in Climbing
Climbing knows no boundaries. It’s a sport that welcomes everyone, regardless of shape, size, or athletic ability. Climbing is the perfect group activity because each individual has their own personal goal to reach, ensuring that everyone can participate and excel at their own pace. What’s more, bouldering, a style of climbing, is particularly well-suited for those who are neurodivergent. Its problem-solving nature and puzzle-like characteristics make it an inclusive and engaging activity that allows every student to shine. Climbing promotes diversity, celebrates differences, and unites students in a shared adventure where every climber’s journey is unique.

Building Connections and Friendships
Climbing isn’t just about reaching new heights; it’s also about forging strong connections and lasting friendships. Climbing is a sport where students set their own goals and targets within a friendly and supportive environment. Whether they’re cheering each other on as they tackle challenging routes or offering a helping hand when needed, climbing naturally fosters a sense of camaraderie. The shared experiences and triumphs on the wall create a unique bond among climbers.

Academic Improvement with Climbing
The benefits of climbing extend beyond the physical and social realms; it also has a positive impact on academics. In the schools we’ve partnered with, climbing has been a game-changer for many students. Climbing’s cognitive stimulation leads to a significant increase in focus and problem-solving ability in children. As students engage in climbing activities, they’re not only challenging their bodies but also their minds. Climbing helps students develop crucial cognitive skills that are transferable to their academic pursuits.

How We Deliver School Climbing Sessions

Structured Climbing Sessions
Our school climbing sessions are meticulously structured to provide students with a safe, engaging, and educational experience. Each session follows a carefully planned itinerary that ensures a balanced mix of climbing challenges and skill-building exercises. We focus on creating an environment where students can progressively develop their climbing abilities while having fun and feeling supported.

Optimal Group Sizes and Ratios
We understand the importance of maintaining small, manageable group sizes to maximise safety and learning outcomes. Our sessions maintain an optimal instructor-to-student ratio to ensure that every participant receives individual attention and guidance. This approach allows us to tailor our instruction to the specific needs and abilities of each group, fostering a safe and supportive learning environment.

Flexible Scheduling for School Terms
We recognise that schools have unique schedules and term lengths. That’s why our climbing sessions are designed to be flexible and adaptable to fit seamlessly into your school’s academic calendar. Whether you’re interested in short-term programs or year-long climbing initiatives, our scheduling options are designed to accommodate your specific needs and align with your school’s term structure.

Session Structure

Our school climbing sessions are meticulously designed to offer students a dynamic, engaging, and comprehensive climbing experience. We understand that climbing is a holistic journey, and our sessions encompass every aspect of this exciting adventure. From start to finish, students can expect a rewarding and rejuvenating climbing experience that leaves them feeling accomplished.

Our sessions include:

Engaging Warm-ups and Icebreakers
Our sessions kick off with a series of lively warm-up activities and icebreakers. These activities serve to prepare students physically and mentally for the exhilarating challenges ahead. They set the stage for a fun-filled and welcoming climbing adventure.

Endorphin Raising Fun
Next, we dive into activities designed to raise endorphin levels and spark excitement. Laughter and enjoyment are essential components of our sessions. We incorporate interactive challenges and games to maintain high energy levels and keep the session engaging and dynamic.

Climbing and Fitness Goal Setting
Our sessions revolve around personal growth. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, students set climbing and fitness goals tailored to their abilities and aspirations. Goal setting empowers students to push their boundaries and achieve new heights in their climbing journey.

Progressional Learning
We follow the structure of the NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) Bouldering framework to facilitate progression. This approach not only enhances climbing skills but also complements classroom learning by offering valuable insights into physical education and problem-solving.

Effective Cool-down Techniques
As the session comes to a close, we introduce effective cool-down techniques. These techniques promote relaxation, aid in physical recovery, and offer a moment for students to reflect on their accomplishments. Our aim is to ensure that students leave the climbing session feeling both physically and mentally refreshed.

Whether it’s a typical climbing session or a one-off adventure, our approach ensures that students have a well-rounded and memorable experience. Climbing with us isn’t just about reaching the top of the wall; it’s about embracing the entire journey and leaving with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.

Getting Started with City Bloc

Free School Assembly Service
At City Bloc, we are deeply committed to promoting the benefits of climbing in schools. That’s why we offer a unique and valuable service – our Free School Assembly Service. This presentation will be led by Holly Toothill, who holds the distinction of being the highest-ranked female climber in the UK. Holly shares her remarkable journey in climbing and how it has equipped her with essential life skills. Whether or not you plan to book climbing sessions with us, this offer is open to all schools interested in unlocking the potential of climbing for their students. It’s an opportunity to inspire and ignite the climbing spirit within your school community.

Meet Holly Toothill: Climbing Inspiration
Holly Toothill, is not just an accomplished climber; she’s a living testament to the transformative power of climbing. As the highest-ranked female climber in the UK, Holly brings a wealth of experience and passion to the world of climbing. Her personal journey through climbing has taught her numerous life skills that extend far beyond the climbing wall. Holly embodies the spirit of adventure, determination, and personal growth that climbing offers. By connecting with Holly and hearing her inspiring story, your students can discover the boundless possibilities that await them through the world of climbing.

Ready to Book Climbing Sessions
If you’re eager to introduce climbing to your school and witness the incredible benefits it brings, we’re ready to make it happen. Booking climbing sessions with City Bloc is a straightforward process. Our friendly team are happy to discuss your specific requirements, answer your questions, and tailor a climbing program to suit your school’s needs. Whether you’re interested in regular sessions, one-off experiences, or teacher development workshops, we can help you every step of the way.

Ready to book?

Get in touch using our contact form or email [email protected]

Our dedicated team will promptly get in touch with you to discuss your needs, schedule your Free School Assembly Service with Holly, and set the stage for an exhilarating climbing experience in your school.