Substation is proud to provide support for those aiming to achieve their bronze, silver or gold award. If you would like to choose bouldering (climbing) as your physical activity, we want to make that process as easy as possible for you. We’ve put together the following:

Discounted climbing while completing your D of E

  • 3 months – £95
  • 6 months – £180
  • 12 months – £340

A bespoke climbing diary

The diary has been designed to facilitate you in achieving your own long and short term goals within the sport. It will allow you to easily log each climbing session and monitor your progress over the 3, 6, or 12 month period of your award.

Developmental reviews

These will be completed by one of our qualified climbing instructors. This time is provided to help direct progression, and offer assistance. It also provides students time to question our experienced staff about the sport.

We can ensure in these sessions that each participant is getting the most out of their experience with us. Reviews will occur at the start and end of an award. For those completing a 6 or 12 month period, we encourage a review every 3 months.


Located in Macclesfield

We understand that all schools have different requirements, therefore we offer tailored packages to suit. This might include yoga, climbing or both with bespoke sessions ranging from one hour to a whole day of activities including lunch. One off sessions, Duke of Edinburgh accreditation, whole term courses, yearly progression programmes or after-school clubs can all be catered for.
We know that business in sports is an exciting part of the curriculum and a key steppingstone for those looking to pursue a career in sport, something we can certainly relate to. Therefore, we offer a package where the children can take part in climbing, yoga or both followed by a short presentation and a Q&A session with the directors of Substation about the running of the business.

The climbing on offer at Substation is bouldering; where the walls extend over high-tech shock absorbent matting. The walls in the children’s and beginner’s area start at just over two metres high making for a confidence inspiring introduction for newcomers and children alike. Each route is referred to as a problem due to the ability to challenge not only physically, but also mentally in solving the puzzle of completing each specific climb.
Complimenting this perfectly is Yoga, an ancient form of exercise that improves mindfulness, concentration and flexibility with a focus on breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. It is a well-recognized injury preventative for all kinds of sports and has also been linked to significant improvement in mental health conditions, particularly anxiety and depression.

Our friendly instructors are DBS checked, climbing wall safety certified, first aid trained and regularly work with children of all ages. We adhere to strict health and safety practices, operating a ratio of eight children per instructor ensuring the children are as safe as possible. A comprehensive package of risk assessments, insurance and staff supervisor accreditations can be supplied upon request.

If you are in any doubt about the education and experience Substation can offer your school, you only have to read the testimony from Joanne Bromley, the Head of Pott Shrigley Church school.

“We began visiting Substation in January 2019 to broaden the children’s experience of active learning and outdoor-style pursuits. Every week, we take the whole school and they take a yoga class and also use the bouldering wall to develop and improve their climbing skills (no ropes!). As well as problem solving in a physically and mentally challenging situation, the children are also building strength and learning new skills from the highly trained instructors. We have always found the staff to be friendly, helpful and kind. Even those children who are not natural climbers have improved week on week and with the current national focus on mental health and well-being, the yoga sessions raise children’s awareness of their physicality and encourage mindfulness.”
Joanne Bromley
Head of Pott Shrigley Church school