The National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS and NIBAS) are administered by the ABCTT, the ABC Training Trust. They are UK-wide schemes designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. They can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. The schemes are open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards and can be used individually or as part of a formal structure such as GCSE, Duke of Edinburgh or the Curriculum For Excellence. (more…)

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Mountaineering Ireland is the representative body for walkers and climbers in Ireland. It is recognised as the National Governing Body for mountaineering, hillwalking, rambling and climbing by both the Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland.

Mountaineering Ireland is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the membership.  It has a professional staff team based at Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown in Dublin and at Tollymore Mountain Centre in County Down





AIM is a mutual membership community formed of industry practitioners. Owned by its members and operated on their behalf via an elected board of outdoor adventure experts it was formed for the sole purpose of providing economical and high-quality liability and property cover for individuals and organisations operating in this sector. We work hand in hand with some of the country’s leading industry bodies such as the ABC to promote best practice in the sector. AIM’s coverage is tailored to our member’s specific needs and offers a long term alternative insurance solution that provides value, security and certainty, no matter how volatile the economy.

Activities Industry Mutual Limited (FRN: 451585) is an appointed representative of Regis Mutual Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN: 479202

Sport and Recreation Alliance

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. As the voice of the sector, they work with Government, policy makers and the media to make sure grassroots sport and recreation grows and thrives. Having an active nation is important as it delivers huge benefits to society and the millions of participants, volunteers, staff and spectators.

The SRA also provides us with guidance and support in our development as an organisation, including our governance.

They have recently developed a GDPR Toolkit funded by Sport England to help the sector become compliant with new legislation.


Outdoor Industry Association

The OIA is a Non-Profit trade association comprised of retailers, distributors, outdoor brands, service providers, NGB’s, NGO’s and associates. They are a high profile, campaigning organisation that provides leadership, supports and represents the UK outdoor industry and promotes getting active outdoors. They represent the interests of their members and the whole industry which covers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

Mountaineering Scotland

Mountaineering Scotland is the only recognised representative organisation for hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers and ski-tourers who live in Scotland or who enjoy Scotland’s mountains, and acts to represent, support and promote Scottish mountaineering.

ClimbScotland, an initiative run by Mountaineering Scotland, is here to help inspire young people to get climbing while giving parents, schools, colleges, youth organisations and climbing walls the skills and support to meet kids’ climbing needs.

Winter Alliance

The Association of British Climbing Walls is working with Winter Alliance to encourage simple actions by UK climbers. Changing to a 100% clean energy supply is very simple to do and is now normally cheaper than a traditional supply.

We’re asking our members to consider switching their commercial supply to 100% clean energy and to promote the Winter Alliance campaign to their customers.

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British Mountaineering Council

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the national representative body for England and Wales that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.

Mountain Training

Mountain Training is the awarding body for skills courses and qualifications in walking, climbing and mountaineering. Mountain Training exists to inspire, enable and develop people as walkers, climbers and mountaineers through leadership and coaching excellence.

All of our nationally-recognised schemes are designed to educate and train people so that they can safely enjoy the climbing walls, crags, coast, hills and mountains of our beautiful country. (more…)