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The Castle Academy

Launched in 2014, the Castle Academy is a fundamental part of The Castle’s Youth Development Programme. The Castle Academy runs structured climbing sessions where children focus on progression and consolidation of their climbing skills in a fun, inspiring and supportive environment. All climbers are encouraged to join the youth competition circuit each year (BMC Youth Climbing Series and Blokfest), as well as to regularly climb with their parents and peers to further expand what they learn on the Academy sessions.

The goal of the Academy is to empower athletes to make their own decisions about their pathway of progression, enjoying a lifetime of safe, injury-free climbing.

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The pathway to join the Academy is either through the Castle Climbing Club or through the summer selection event (usually held around mid-July). The minimum requirement to join the Academy is to have completed NICAS Level 2 or to have equivalent climbing experience. Enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to improve are also important elements we expect from the Academy climbers. It is desirable to have participated in local, regional and/or national youth climbing competitions.

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