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Job Vacancy: Part Time/Casual Instructors, Sutton

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 - Posted by Danie

We are looking for a team of Instructors to work with our groups and sessions at Craggy Sutton.

CrewRole: As an Instructor at Craggy Island, Sutton you are responsible for delivering indoor climbing and caving sessions in a fun, safe and nurturing manner. Session types include Intro to Bouldering Courses, Birthday Parties and Taster Sessions. For more experienced instructors, or upon completion of relevant training, there will also be the opportunity to provide Performance Coaching to customers.

Hours: Working hours for instructors at Craggy Island are flexible. The majority of hours are available during evenings and weekends so could suit someone who is currently studying or has another job. Occasional daytime work with School Groups is also available to meet the demands of our booked sessions.

SuttonRequirements: Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at time of application. All applicants must have some personal climbing experience. Some instructing experience is desirable but not essential; paid training will be provided to all successful applicants at whatever level is appropriate.

Pay: Hourly rate for  instructors is £8.07 per hour for 18 to 24 year olds and £8.40 per hour for 25+ year olds.

How to apply: Please send a copy of your CV and a brief covering letter to Gareth Davidson, Centre Manager at Gareth will be happy to answer any questions in connection with this role.

Job Vacancy – Full Time Duty Manager, Guildford

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

We are looking for a Full Time Duty Manager to join our team here at Craggy Guildford.

Role: As one of the Duty Managers you are responsible for the safe and smooth operating of the centre on a day-to-day basis. You will report directly to the Centre Manager. Duty Managers are involved with all aspects of running our busy and successful indoor climbing centre. The role includes supporting Reception with handling customers coming into the centre, Instructing clients on a range of Adult and Junior courses and sessions and carrying out safety and equipment checks under the guidance of the Centre Manager.

Hours: Contracted hours are 37.5 hours per week. This includes some daytime, some evening and working 1 weekend in every 4. You will work on a continuous rolling rota so hours are regular and you will always know in advance when you will be working.

Requirements: Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at time of application. You should be an experienced indoor climber. Some Instructing experience is desirable but not essential; paid training in all aspects of the job will be provided to the successful applicant.

Holiday: You will be entitled to paid holiday at the statutory entitlement.

Pay: Hourly rate is £8.65 per hour.

Overtime: There is the opportunity to work additional hours at your normal hourly rate as the need arises.

How to apply: Please send a copy of your CV and a brief covering letter to Marv Smith, Centre Manager at Marv will be happy to answer any questions in connection with this role. Please ensure that your application reaches Marv by Sunday 1st of October 2017.

Activities for KIDS this Summer!

Monday, July 31st, 2017 - Posted by Danie

With the Summer Holidays already underway and the wonderfully unpredictable British weather being, well, as unpredictable as ever – here’s a few options to keep your kids occupied with us this Summer:

Mini Tasters £24 – for 5-7 year olds: Learn More & Book Online

60 minutes of climbing, fun and games under the supervision of our qualified instructors. Perfect for youngsters that want to try something new this Summer!

Junior Tasters £29 – for 8-16 year olds: Learn More & Book Online

A 90 minute introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing. These sessions are brilliant fun and give kids the chance to really get stuck in and have a proper go at scaling our walls!

Private Tuition from £49 – for any age (up to 4 only): Learn More & How To Book

If your kids have climbed before and want to move at their own pace during the session then why not book an instructor all to yourself?! These sessions can be book at a time convenient for you (depending on availability) and mean your children can choose exactly what they want to do – you could even join in with them!

For something different… and on the Sunny days, why not try Wild Wood Adventure in Stoke Park, Guildford? The UK’s largest Treetop Adventure course, right here in Guildford! And, if you use CRG20 at checkout, you’ll save a truly lovely 20% off any booking you make with them up until the end of the holidays. Click here to learn more and Book Online NOW!

Matilda Collins – 1st at Welsh National Championships!

Monday, June 5th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

MatildaBig congratulations to Matilda Collins for coming 1st at the Welsh National Lead Climbing Championships on Saturday!

Both Matilda and Joshua Bruyns made the journey up to Caernarfon in North Wales for the event. Josh made Finals (which is becoming a regular thing for him now – well done Josh!) and finished 7th in his category.

Matilda also took 1st place at the Scottish Bouldering Championships in Glasgow the weekend before and is showing great form at the moment. Toby Roberts, Katie Roberts and Josh Bruyns also attended in Glasgow and finished 4th, 6th and 6th respectively so a big well done all round!

For more info and updates, head over to the Craggy Youth Team Facebook Page!

Craggy Youth Team take on Europe

Monday, June 5th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

ImstToby Roberts, Rhys Conlon and Katie Roberts all headed out to compete at the International Youth Color Festival in Imst, Austria this weekend.

The event takes place over 2 days and attracts the very best youngsters from all over Europe. Day 1 consists of 6 climbs with the top 20 from each age group going through to the Final on the Sunday.

Katie came so very close to Finals and placed 21st in her age group. Toby and Rhys both qualified into Finals in 7th and 9th place respectively.

Sunday’s Finals came around and Toby took a very respectable 10th place with Rhys taking 18th after a very tough time on his second Final route. Well done to all of you!

Head on over to the Craggy Youth Team Facebook page for more info and updates!


Toby Roberts – 1st at National Finals!

Monday, May 8th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Toby Roberts, 1st in Youth C BoysA big congratulations to Toby Roberts who came 1st in Youth C Boys at the BMC Youth Climbing Series Finals at EICA Ratho, Edinburgh last weekend!

We had a total of 6 Youth Team members and 2 Squad members who qualified having competed and come top 3 within our Region.

As always, all of our young climbers trained hard, tried hard and were wonderful ambassadors for Craggy Island. We’re very proud of all of you!

Our climbers all contributed to London & South East (South) winning the Team competition and maintaining their title as best Region.

Results below:

1st – Toby Roberts, Youth C Boys (GB Team and Craggy Youth Team)

4th – Matilda Collins, Youth C Girls (GB Team and Craggy Youth Team)

5th – Hannah Toward, Youth D Girls (Craggy Youth Team)

7th – Rhys Conlon, Youth D Boys (Craggy Youth Team)

8th – Joshua Bruyns, Youth B Boys (Craggy Youth Team)

14th – Jonas Mueller-Doblies, Youth E Boys (Guildford Youth Squad)

20th – Ella Griffith, Youth B Girls (Craggy Youth Team)

23rd – James Harwood, Youth D Boys (Sutton Youth Squad)

Full results for all competitors can be found here.

Craggy Kids head to National Finals!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

EICA Ratho8 members of the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team and Squad are heading to National Finals at EICA Ratho this weekend to compete in the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series!

The youngsters, aged between 8 and 14, qualified over 3 events run in January, February and March 2017 at various different walls, including Craggy Island, Guildford. They all ranked in the top 3 for their Region (London & South East (South)) which in itself is an incredible achievement. The events attract over 130 competitors with only 15 boys and 15 girls going through to the Grand Final in Edinburgh.

We wish you all the very best of luck for Saturday!

Team and Squad Members – Qualifying position into Finals:

1st – Matilda Collins (GB Climbing Team & Craggy Youth Team) – Youth C Girls

1st – Toby Roberts (GB Climbing Team & Craggy Youth Team) – Youth C Boys

1st – Jonas Mueller-Doblies (Guildford Youth Squad) – Youth E Boys

2nd – Ella Griffith (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth B Girls

2nd – Rhys Conlon (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth D Boys

3rd – Joshua Bruyns (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth B Boys

3rd – Hannah Toward (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth D Girls

3rd – James Harwood (Sutton Youth Squad) – Youth D Boys

Full results for all competitors can be found here.


Bart’s Cafe – OPEN NOW!

Friday, April 14th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

BartWe are delighted to announce that the cafe in it’s brand new location in the climbing arena under Reception is now OPEN!

Not only that, but we have a new proprietor who will be running the cafe as his own business, trading as ‘Bart’s Cafe’. Many of our customers will know him already but for those who don’t I asked Bartosz Hilla a few questions about his climbing and his ideas for the cafe…

So Bart, when and where did you start climbing? (and how did this affect your lifestyle)?

I always loved mountains and as teenager I was hiking in the Tatra Mountains in South of Poland. As I was growing up by seaside I didn’t have much opportunity to climb so I am quite new to climbing. I actually started climbing here at Craggy 3 years ago after I came for taster session with my work mates :)

Do you get to climb outside?

I do but like everyone, I wish I could go outdoors more. I went few times to Portland, Harrisons Rocks, Swanage and Cheddar (My PB – Stoned to Death 6a at The Tsunami). So I do mostly sport climbs. I tried a bit of trad in Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska (pronounced Yoora) just north of Kraków, Poland. It’s great limestone not far from this popular tourist city. This spring I went to El Chorro in Spain and really enjoyed it.

Do you prefer bouldering or routes?

I try to mix it a bit – once a week bouldering and once ropes. If I could squeeze in a 3rd session, it would be ABzone for endurance.

Have you always lived in Surrey (when did you arrive)?

I came to UK in 2004 just for a few months…;) Since then I fell in love with the Surrey Hills (I lived and worked in Ripley for many years) and now I cannot imagine living anywhere else (if only we had a bit of rocks outside of the house LOL)

Tell us about your work in Ripley…

I used to work in a fine dining restaurant now called The Clock House (previously Drake’s Restaurant) for 10 years. It was a great experience working within such a professional and dedicated team. It helped me to find out what I am actually passionate about. I worked as a Sommelier and also looked after the cheese board and making coffees. And now all my passions in life start with the letter C (C for cheese, coffee, cakes and recently climbing).

Have you always worked in catering?

Pretty much. I have a Master degree in Tourism and Hospitality and started working during my uni years as a waiter at my friend’s restaurant and after that I worked in hotels until I started working at Drake’s 10 years ago.

What attracted you to taking on the cafe at Craggy?

I saw the potential in creating a social hub here and I’ve had plenty of ideas about serving proper food and great coffee.

Have you always wanted to run your own business?

It has been in my mind for some time now. Looks like it’s getting real and I’m very excited about it!

What is your vision for the cafe (how do you see it as part of the indoor climbing experience)?

Coffee is great because it gives the opportunity for people to connect and be social. As us climbers are a friendly bunch of people it is kind of natural to share our experiences over a cuppa. And that is where Bart’s Cafe comes in. I wanted to create a place where people can meet and have a chat over a nice cup of coffee and grab a bite to fuel up before or after their session and also where parents can spend an hour waiting for their children whilst climbing.

What sort of things do you intend to provide in the cafe?

Since I started to climb I started to look at what I eat and how I fuel my body more closely and try to avoid processed food. We will try to encourage climbers to have a healthy salad or a hearty sandwich made from locally sourced ingredients (bread from the Christmas Bakery, sausage and ham from the Village Butchers, coffee from Surrey Hills Coffee). We will also make our own nutty granola using honey instead of refined sugar. But of course we must have some very naughty cakes so that people can indulge in something nice after a hard day at work or at the weekend. We are going to bake our cakes here on site – my wife Rita is damn good at coming up with good cake recipes so watch this space.

Are you going to introduce us to any Polish foods?

It might be interesting to bring something different to the menu – maybe our famous sour soup – Żurek, but we will start with a British menu and bring some flavours from around the World as we go along. We are planning to change the menu frequently and happy to listen to people’s suggestion.

When are you hoping to open for business?

I am hoping to open during the Easter weekend and hopefully will see a lot of familiar faces enjoying our food and drinks.


Guildford part-time Receptionist vacancy!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 - Posted by Danie


If you think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the ‘Craggy Crew’ at Guildford, come and talk to us!

We are looking for a permanent part-time Receptionist to work in our busy climbing centre.

Your duties will be to work with the other Craggy Crew, liaise with customers in person and on the phone with regard to the services we offer, use our automated booking system and take payment by card and cash ensuring accuracy at all times and other general administrative tasks.  In-house training will be provided.

The job will suit bright and lively people who want to work in a healthy, uplifting, buzzing and social environment. Being a climber is not essential but an interest in an active lifestyle would be an advantage.

Hours: Approximately 20 hrs per week to include daytime, evening and 1 weekend in 3.

If you are interested then send a CV and a covering letter telling us why you would be perfect for this job to

Please note; Closing date for applications is Friday 30th of April 2017.

results and round-up – bmc ycs 2017 round 2!

Monday, February 27th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Youth TeamThe Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region.

This competition series is a great way to introduce young climbers to the thrills of competitive indoor climbing. The emphasis is on fun, with the selection of routes ranging from “easy” to “hard” and getting progressively more difficult the higher up the climber gets.

These events rely hugely on volunteers to act as Belayers, Judges and Chaperones. Without the willing support of these volunteers (more often than not these are parents of competitors) the events would not be possible so a big thank you to everyone that gets involved!

For Round 2 we had 7 Craggy Youth Team members and a great number of Youth Squad members also in attendance. It’s always great to see you all in action and Saturday was no exception – We are so proud of all of you!

Ella Griffith – Youth B Girls – 1st place (Youth Team)

Matilda Collins – Youth C Girls – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Toby Roberts – Youth C Boys – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Jonas Mueller-Doblies – Youth E Boys – 1st place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Katie Roberts – Youth D Girls – 2nd place (Youth Team)


Rhys Conlon – Youth D Boys – 2nd place (Youth Team)

Joshua Bruyns – Youth B Boys – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Hannah Toward – Youth D Girls – 4th place (Youth Team)

James Harwood – Youth D Boys – 4th place (Youth Squad, Sutton)

Gemma Lees – Youth B Girls – 6th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Madeleine Grainger – Youth C Girls – 9th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Alexia Coburn – Youth B Girls – 10th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Camden Jones – Youth C Boys – 17th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

If your child has been missed off the list above, please contact Danie below so they can be included.

Full results for all regions can be see here.

Round 3 will be hosted at White Spider, Tolworth on Saturday 25th of March 2017.

For any media or sponsorship enquiries regarding the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, please contact Team Manager, Danielle Rushmer.

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