Climbing Club

Why Join Us?

1) Last year we won SUBU Club of the Year

2) Climbing is a fun sport for everyone, no matter your ability

3) We are friendly and inclusive

What do we do?

We are the 5* Bournemouth University Climbing Club, run by students for students. You don't need to have any experience to join, climbing is a fun sport for everyone! Climbing is flexible - our sessions are drop-in - you don't need to come to every single one or for the full amount of session time. We welcome students and staff from BU and AUB. We won 'Club of the Year' at the SUBU Activities Awards 2017/18 and 'Most Improved Club' the year before. 

We currently boulder (short walls, no ropes) on Wednesdays at 5-7pm and Saturdays 6-8pm at The Project Climbing Centre in Poole, where club members get a discount entry rate of £4 per session (half price entry).

We also top rope and lead climb at Bournemouth Climbing. The club times are Tuesdays  7-10pm and is discounted to £3.50 (CASH ONLY) per session for club members. We don't all meet every week at this climbing centre, but feel free to post in the Facebook group to find a buddy to belay with! We have some equipment which can be lent to members for free at these sessions. You will need some outerwear and sports gear, especially hiking boots! You can find some great approach shoes here. To climb at the centre you need to pass their test which consists of harness fitting, knot tying and belaying. If you don't know how to rope climb - not to worry! We are running a rope climbing course in the first couple of months of this academic year which will teach you the basics so you can rope climb competently.

We organise and run climbing trips to large popular indoor climbing centres around the country, as well as conduct excursions outdoors when the weather is nice - with equipment hire included! To be eligible to go on trips outdoor you will need to purchase an outdoor membership which includes BMC insurance.

Last but not least, we compete in SWUBS (South West Universities Bouldering Series) and BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport). This gives members the chance to test their bouldering skills against local and national clubs! We are proud to say we won the Men's Individual Series at SWUBS both this year and last year. 

To get these member benefits, please join by paying the annual £30 subscription by clicking the "JOIN THIS GROUP" button. Hope to see you climbing!


Key Events

Banff Film Festival: 7th March
SWUBS Round 3: 30th March
SUBU Activities Awards: 2nd April

When and Where?

Bouldering, Wednesdays, 5pm-7pm, Project Climbing Centre, Poole
Bouldering, Saturdays, 6pm-8pm, Project Climbing Centre, Poole
Top Rope & Lead Climb, Tuesdays, 7pm-10pm, Harewood College, Bournemouth

Meet the Committee

President:  Sam Watkins
Team Captain / Comms:  Manu Ronkko
Health & Safety:  Will Boughton
Treasurer:  Peter Jones
Equipment & Events:  Ananthi Parekh


Go to AUB and want to climb? Join the AUB Climbing Club here!



  • Banff Mountain Film Festival - Climbing Club Thu 7 Mar 2019 - General£13.00
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival - Climbing Club Thu 7 Mar 2019 - Members£7.50
  • Calshot - Climbing Club Fri 25 Jan 2019 - Members£0.00
  • Climbing Club | Sports & Societies Festival Wed 6 Feb 2019 - General£0.00
  • Competition Coaching 1 - Climbing Club Thu 7 Feb 2019 - General£0.00
  • Competition Coaching 2 - Climbing Club Tue 12 Feb 2019 - General£0.00
  • Staff Taster Session - Climbing Club Thu 21 Feb 2019 - General£0.00
  • Calshot - Climbing Club Fri 22 Feb 2019 - General£0.00
  • Refreshers Taster 2 - Climbing Club Wed 20 Feb 2019 - General£0.00
  • FFAB (Foot-free Fun Across Bristol) - Climbing Club Thu 2 May 2019 - General£0.00
  • Winspit Outdoor Climbing Sun 5 May 2019 - General£0.00
  • Sunday 19th Climbing Sun 19 May 2019 - General£0.00