ABC Conference & AGM Tickets 2019

  • Date: June 27 - 28, 2019 10:00am - 5:30pm


Tickets to our Annual Conference and AGM will include the following:

  • Access to workshops and seminars
  • Entry to the Entre-Prises Exhibitor Hall
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and snacks
  • 2-course buffet lunch on both Thursday and Friday
  • Delegate day pack
  • Discount on Hotel/Accommodation
  • Free parking


The AGM session will take place during Thursday 27th June, time to be decided. Access to the AGM is free of charge and will feature both the ABCTT and ABC, please ensure you book this through our sessions page.


You can find a full of list of exhibitors on our dedicated exhibitor page, click the link to see who will be exhibiting.


Your ticket entitles you to discounted overnight accommodation, this is either in the University’s onsite student rooms or in local hotels, these will be booked on a first come first serve basis. To book your discounted nights stay then follow this link.


University of Sheffield
The Edge
The Endcliffe Campus
Sheffield S10 3ED

Workshops and Presentations 

We will have experts delivering insightful and topical presentations along with panel discussions covering all aspects of running an indoor climbing wall. To ensure you don’t miss out the opportunity to learn and share book your sessions today!



Ticket Price Quantity
Member Day Ticket £80.00 Sold out
Member 2 Day Ticket £150.00 Sold out
Non Member 2 Day Ticket £275.00 Sold out
Non Member Day Ticket £150.00 Sold out
Member AGM only £0.00 Sold out
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    Speaker: Helen Lancaster

    A detailed analysis of the state of indoor climbing using from Crystal Market Research

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    Speaker: Marco Scolaris - President of the IFSC

    We've managed to secure a very special keynote speaker for our conference this year. Marco Scolaris, President of the IFSC has been instrumental in the development of competition climbing over the last 30 years. He has been president of the IFSC since 2007 and led the sport's inclusion into the Olympics. As well as his role with the IFSC, Marco is a climbing wall owner and a passionate outdoor climber. He'll lead a session before lunch on Thursday but will stay with us throughout the rest of the day and the evening, so there will be plenty of time to meet with him informally. I know that he'll be really interested in what you have to say and I look forward to welcoming him to our celebration of indoor climbing

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    Speaker: Helen Lancaster

    A detailed look at the reasons why people climb research undertaken by Crystal Market Research

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    Speaker: Sport England

    How can the climbing industry learn from other fast-growing sports?

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    Speaker: Graham Atkins + Vertical Life

    An overview of the passport and how this impacts our wall.

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    Speaker: Tom Randall

    This presentation will go into the lessons learnt operating a performance coaching company in the modern indoor-focused climbing generation. We'll be looking at the use of profiling toolkits, how to build efficiencies and economies of scale into training and educational training in climbing specific sports science

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    Speaker: ABC/ABCTT

    The AGM of both the ABC and ABCTT

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    Speaker: TBC

    An in-depth look into the accident database, what are the trends?

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    Speaker: Korn Ferry

    ‘Have you ever wondered what personal difference you make to the business you lead? Did you know that good leadership is proven to impact business results by up to 30%? In this interactive presentation and workshop, you will hear from Korn Ferry (www.kornferry.com) the world’s largest, and arguably best, consultancies specialising in people and organisation on what leaders can do to drive business performance. You’ll also discover more about the impact you have personally and receive tips on making a bigger impact still.

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    Speaker: Nate McMullan

    A panel discussion covering all aspects of working at height delivered by Nate McMullan who has a wide range of experience, see below:

    Founder and Chairman of the Route Setting Association
    Assisted in development of various safety standards for the climbing wall industry.
    Experience on ABC Technical and Training Committees, working groups reviewing the BS EN 12572 and assisting with the
    review of climbing anchor standards for the UIAA
    Inventor of the STAL anchor system.
    Current IRATA Level 3, MIA, RSA  Trainer
    Former Technical Adviser to many commercial and non-commercial climbing centres in the UK and some in EU (retired).
    Expert Witness, including trial experience, for climbing wall related litigation

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    Speaker: Guy Jarvis

    An in-depth look into Mountain Training qualifications with the focus being on Climbing wall Assistant

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    Speaker: Vertical Life - Peter

    How to better connect to your customers and increase retention with the help of our gym management software

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    Speaker: Hannes Huch


    Smart branding is the key to success. Hannes Huch, the founder of Café Kraft, speaks about the importance and power of a credible branding in the climbing gym industry. In a market of ever-increasing competition a distinctive brand is one of the major factors that determine if you make it to the anchor or stay on the ground.