Welcome to the website for Dorset's Youth Climbing Academy

About Us

The academy was set up to introduce young people to the sport of rock climbing and help aid them in the difficult transition from indoor to outdoor climbing. We meet and train once a week indoors throughout the year and organise competitions, meets and days out on the rock in the summer. We run the academy across Dorset and welcome climbers of all abilities and backgrounds.

Each training session has a focus and helps young climbers work towards award schemes which develop their skills, technical competance, knowledge and awareness, the key qualities they will need to pursue the sport in the future. All sessions are run by qualified instructors.

Getting started

If you are keen to sign up and get involved, the process is simple!

Firstly, use the ‘Contact Us’ link to send us an email with your child’s name, age and area they are based in. We’ll then arrange a free taster session at a venue near you. You will then need to complete a parental consent form and bring it to the first session(Download the form here).

If your child enjoys the taster session and is keen to join then it’s an annual membership fee of £10 which includes BMC (British Mountaineering Council) club membership. DYCA is a fully registered BMC club and operate at all club venues during term time only. Weekly sessions are charged at £7 per week, payable as half termly blocks. Cash and cheque are accepted methods of payment. Please make cheques payable to Dorset Youth Climbing Academy.

That’s it, hope to see you soon!

New for Summer 2014

DYCA have teamed up with Active Dorset to run a series of satellite clubs starting at Shaftesbury School on 2nd June 2014. By 2017 every secondary school in the UK will have satellite club provision offered. The aims of satellite clubs is to increase participation in sport, helping teenagers and young people to access new and exciting sporting opportunities. Satellite clubs bridge the gap between schools, colleges, university and the wider community.

The DYCA Satellite Club at Shaftesbury School will seek to;

1. Offer rock climbing as a new activity to a new community of young people aged 11-25 years of age.
2. Offer high quality coaching and access to all DYCA clubs, trips, competitions, ventures, the award scheme and Junior Instructor program.
3. Increase existing community club capacity due to high levels of demand for the sport of rock climbing.
4. Providing opportunities for a broad range of specific groups, such as gender and age specific sessions.

This exciting new program is a 3 year venture (2014-2017) which will feature 6 x 5 week blocks per calendar year bookable in advance. The price per session is subsidised to ensure sessions are affordable. To check out satellite club blocks visit our homepage or Facebook page.

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