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British Mountaineering Council

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0161 445 6111

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British Bouldering Championships

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 - Sun, 08 Jul 2018

Climbing World Championships

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 - Sun, 16 Sep 2018

Youth Olympic Games

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018

Funding opportunities

What is Climbing?

Climbing is not currently an Olympic sport, but its three competitive disciplines: speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing.

The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) works on behalf of hillwalkers, climbers and mountaineers (including ski mountaineers) in England and Wales.

The BMC is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.


  • Climbing is a full-body workout
  • Great for improving muscle-tone
  • Good for concentration


A Climbing session can cost ~£6-£10 with a course costing around £12 for beginners.


Go to an indoor climbing wall. There are over 400 climbing walls around the UK. Many walls run introductory climbing sessions and have equipment available to hire.

Join a climbing club. There are around 300 climbing, hill walking and mountaineering clubs in England and Wales affiliated to the BMC.

Go on a course. By concentrating on the essential skills, a professionally run course can fast track your progression.


Equipment to take part in climbing is available to hire at local facilities which can include a helmet, harness and ropes.


  • In 1989, the BMC ran the first ever World Cup event in Leeds which was won by our own Jerry Moffatt.
  • Fellow Briton Simon Nadin went on to win the World Cup Series in 1989. British climbers have continued to compete worldwide with notable success.


Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.


  • County Sport Network
    East Midlands Platform
    Equality Standard
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Loughborough University
  • Melton Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
    Harborough District Council
  • Sport England
    British Heart Foundation
    Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicester City Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Rutland County Council


  • Melton Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Sport England
    Equality Standard
  • Safeguarding
    County Sport Network
  • Age UK L&R
    Loughborough University
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    British Heart Foundation
  • Charnwood Borough Council