NIBAS - National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme

NIBAS is a UK-wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. They’re a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering, from novice to experienced, starting from age 7.

to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability
to learn how to use equipment appropriately
to develop risk assessment and risk management skills in the sport
to work as a team, communicate with, and trust other boulderers
to provide a structure for development, motivation and improved performance
to develop an understanding of the sport, its history and ethics
to provide a record of personal achievement
to point the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.

The NIBAS has five progressive levels of award for complete novices to expert climbers. The scheme is split into two parts and takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete Levels 1 to 4 and an additional year to complete Level 5. Part one contains Levels 1 to 3 and part two contains Levels 4 and 5.

Roc-Bloc Youth squads

With the creation of the Roc-Bloc Squads, our aim is to give participants the opportunity to go from passionate young climbers, to balanced, confident and high performing athletes. We aim to give participants the tools and the knowledge to excel in any form of climbing they choose, whether they want an Olympic medal, or a 9c Sport Route.

The focus is on creating a team of young climbers that are hard working, driven and passionate about being as good as they can be at climbing, while working together towards shared goals.
So progress from the Development Squad, which will focus on fun, technique and instilling discipline, to the Performance Squad, which will focus on the physical and mental attributes to produce amazing performances whether in competitions or on rock.

If you have any questions or want to speak to someone about the squad, please email