Participation CertificateA round up of some of our facts and figures.

  • Since 2008 NICAS has introduced over 100,000 young people to climbing, with 2,000 more starting NIBAS since it was launched. There are usually about 12,000 climbers per year taking part
  • We moved from paper records onto an electronic database in 2013. Not all the candidates who did NICAS in the early days are on there, but by the end of March 2017, centres had recorded over 55,000 NICAS and nearly 3000 NIBAS candidates on there. When we add the paper records from 2008 to 2013 this makes our ongoing total of candidates a whopping 105,000!
  • From those 55,000 we can see that over 30,000 have passed their NICAS Level 1
  • We launched NIBAS in 2014, and since then 2,000 have registered and over 1,000 have passed Level 1
  • We launched a participation certificate in 2016, which centres are able to give to climbers who come for taster sessions, birthday parties etc and give details of where they can take part in NICAS/NIBAS. Many thousands have been distributed so far!
  • Our highest-ever recorded monthly number of NIBAS Level 1 awards was in February 2017, with March 2017 recording the highest-ever numbers of Level 2 and Level 3.
  • In May 2017 we had 231 centres delivering NICAS and 34 delivering NIBAS. Most are in the British Isles, but we also have centres abroad including in Switzerland and Czechosolvakia.
  • Our sport is done almost equally by boys and girls up to the age of 9, with more boys than girls continuing as they become teenagers
  • Girls are more likely to keep climbing and pass the levels from age 11 upwards, but boys match girls' achievements at GCSE (around age 16)

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