Welcome to our Youth Bouldering Teams.

Bouldering made it’s debut as an Olympic Sport in the 2020(1) Olympic Games (Sport Climbing, Bouldering, Speed Climbing) and there are huge opportunities from recreational to competitive for our youth to participate at any level.

At Northern Rocks we are invested in giving youth the opportunity to experience the amazing sport of bouldering, to develop and grow within our climbing teams and pursue their goals alongside peers and experienced coaches. Northern Rocks offer a range of classes to suit all abilities, from the beginner through to competition focused, with rental shoes and friendly coaches all included. Our coaching team includes national champion climbers with vast coaching experience, you’re in good hands!

The Northern Rocks Climbing Team is made up of all of our youth groups that practice during the week at Northern Rocks as part of our team practice sessions. These development groups are a safe place for youth to develop and build their knowledge and skills in climbing, with a focus on participation, fun, building better climbers and increasing youth sport participation. Join our team and get involved!

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Mini – Boulder Stars

Have Fun & Learn Skills

Ages 6-8 Years

Northern Rocks youngest climbers demonstrate a keen interest in climbing and often have natural ability on the wall. They are excited to climb in a group with an experienced coach and develop basic climbing skills in a supportive environment.

Mini Boulder Stars will learn body awareness, movement skills, hold grip types and names, basic climbing technique, begin to asses risk and self-management in our facility. They will build confidence, balance, teamwork and have a lot of fun with climbing games and sharing their climbing journey with similar age kids!

This class is the perfect path for those young ones who climb everything and have energy to burn, they’ll love climbing on the wall in a fun and welcoming facility with experienced coaches.

Weekly classes: Thursdays 4:30pm – 6pm

Term cost: $265 for ten week term ($26.50 per lesson)

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Have Fun & Develop Technique

Ages 9-16 Years

Boulder Stars is the perfect term program for those interested in developing a base level bouldering skills and develop their climbing knowledge. Youth will experience the incredible sport of bouldering alongside peers and experienced coaches in a safe and welcoming environment.

Classes introduce and develop fundamental bouldering technique through exercises and games, including building confidence, balance, co-ordination, team building, climbing specific skills, mind and body awareness and most of all, fun!

As youth advance in their bouldering skills the coaches will adapt their sessions to suit the climber, with the option to work towards social or competition events.

Weekly classes: choose either Tuesdays or Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6pm

Term cost: $265 for ten week term ($26.50 per lesson)

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Boulder Crushers

Develop Strength & Technique

Ages 9-16 Years

Northern Rocks Boulder Crushers are for youth who are advancing their base level climbing skills through more advanced technique and specific climbing skills. Designed to continually challenge the climber, coaches will guide youth through a series of movement and technique skills, stretching and basic conditioning, mental preparedness, strength and stamina.

Youth will work alongside peers of similar age and ability, and coaches will support youth and adjust programs to suit the improvement level of each climber.

Many of these youth enter competitions such as the AIMS Games or social/national events, so there will be elements of competition preparation incorporated in the sessions for those that are keen to give competition a go.

Weekly Classes: Thursdays 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Term cost: $230 Members ($23 per lesson);

$320 Non-Members ($32 per lesson)

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Boulder Pros

Advanced Training & Competition Skills

Ages 11-18 Years

Northern Rocks Boulder Pros are a team of climbers who are developing advanced bouldering skills and are dedicated to their climbing training. This class is for youth who are concentrating on advanced bouldering technique, strength and conditioning, projecting, endurance and stamina, competition preparation, visualisation and mental preparation.

Coaches will also cover injury prevention, warming up and cooling down effectively, stretching and training ideas for youth to take away and practice. Boulder Pros are aiming to gain confidence and technical skills and our coaches will guide youth through their personal goals and climbing strengths.

Boulder Pros are encouraged to climb a minimum of twice per week, and to join the Boulder Training on Tuesdays.

Weekly classes: Fridays 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Term cost: Fridays: $260 Members ($26 per lesson);

$340 Non-members ($34 per lesson)

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Tuesday Training!

The best way to get better at bouldering is to boulder more with peers and coaches! If you’re part of Boulder Pro’s Team, you’re welcome to join in this extra session to top up your learning and skills in climbing. This group class will provide technique and training exercises, endurance, power endurance, conditioning, fun competitions and projecting.

We’re excited to see you there!

Weekly classes: Tuesdays 4:30pm – 6pm

Term cost: $192 ($19.20 per lesson) + membership/entry

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Climbing Classes for Home Schoolers

Are you a home school or alternative school student? Looking for a activity to get active and further your learning? Our home school bouldering classes offer a fun, supervised bouldering session with our experienced coaches where youth will take part in confidence-building climbing games, learn essential bouldering skills, movement and technique, and team building activities.

Classes run throughout the regular school term, for ten weeks. The coached session is every Wednesday 2pm-3pm, and the fees include all day climbing + shoe hire, so you can arrive early, or stay after the class to practice your bouldering! Please book in for the term on the below link, or email [email protected] with any questions.

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Auckland Youth Training Camp

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID, NEW DATES COMING SOON. We’re collaborating with Harbour Sport, professional coaches & climbing coaches to host a training camp for youth who are new to comp climbing or already experienced. The camp will be focused on general preparation for climbers in the lead up to National Youth Champs.

We’re creating the opportunity for our keen competition climbers to come together, project together and challenge each other, learn new skills and build on existing skills, remind ourselves what is involved with a national event and prepare mentally and physically for the challenge.

The camp will run over two days, and involve a combination of climbing and workshops, and is 0pen to all climbers Youth D (under 12yrs) to Junior (under 20 yrs) .

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She Climbs

Partnering with Sport NZ and the #itsmymove campaign, She Climbs is a climbing (bouldering) program designed to engage young women in sport, specifically climbing! She Climbs offers a safe and social space for high school age women to experience bouldering and connect with other rad young women. Our program will help young women gain confidence, build body positivity, grow friendships and receive quality coaching from our experienced female coaches.

She Climb empowers young women to give climbing a go in a safe and supportive environment, and to have fun while participating in active recreation! We encourage young women to challenge themselves on the wide variety of climbing terrain, learn new movements, be inspired by each other, and gain fitness and self confidence. Bouldering is for everyone, and is an activity that women can excel in with the techniques, balance and problem solving skills involved!

Coaches: Northern Rocks coach & climber Lisa Parkin and National youth climbing team member Rebecca Hounsell

Fridays 4:30-6:30pm ~ Term 3: 29 July – 30 Sept

Term 3 – FULLY FUNDED THANKS TO Tu Manawa Active Aotearoa & Sport NZ.


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    School Holidays.

    During those holiday weeks where play time is every day, come in to our facility to enjoy climbing for a few hours or all day! Bring your lunch, day passes last all day. One of our staff will give first time climbers an introduction to the facility, and you’ll receive a free week of climbing after your first paid visit. A great way to get the most out of your visit is to book a coach for an hour, who will go through the basics and meet you where you’re at with specific climbing technique advice, movement and bouldering skills.

    Or, join in one of our school holiday programs to keep your kids active, engaged, having fun and learning new skills. We offer half day or full day programs, lead by experienced coaches and offering fun climbing games, body movement and literacy, the essential skills of bouldering, learning how to boulder using different holds and techniques, youth yoga, and team building activities. There will also be a fun competition element with some of the games! Inquire now for available dates.

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