Coaching & Training

Meet the Coaches

Nick Sillem

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About Nick

Nick is the head coach at The Foundry and is the manager of Foundry Instruction & Coaching Ltd. He has been coaching TEAM Foundry ever since designing the program in 2014 and has coached juniors through regional and national competitions. Nick is committed to helping climbers develop through all aspects of their climbing from indoor lead climbing & bouldering to improving their technique outdoors. He has worked with Tom Randall and Olly Torr to become a qualified Lattice assessor. 

Qualifications & Courses

  • BMC Foundation Coach
  • Lattice Assessor
  • Single Pitch Award
  • Climbing Wall Leading Award
  • NICAS Delivery Partner
  • BMC Fundementals 1-3
  • BMC Physical Training 1&2

Services Provided

  • Technical & Movement Coaching
  • Lead Climbing Coaching 
  • Lattice Assessments
  • Training Plans

Ash Wolsey-Heard

About Ash

Ash recently completed his BSc in Physical Activity and Sports Science at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Lattice qualified assessor and has been coaching at the foundry since 2015. Ash draws on his personal climbing experience having climbed f8b+ sport, F8B boulder, and competed internationally at World Cup Bouldering and European Lead Events. 


  • BSc Physical Activity and Sports Science
  • Climbing Wall Award
  • Climbing Wall Leading Award
  • BMC Physical Training 2

Services Provided

  • Technical and Movement Coaching 
  • Lead Climbing Coaching 
  • Lattice Assessments
  • Training Plans
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Lattice Assessments

£100 for your assessment and a written report of your profile

The Foundry has teamed up with Lattice Training to provide assessments of a climbers current physical performance. This assessment is used to optimise future training by identifying the key areas of improvement. Using the Lattice database we access a large data set of climbers from around the world to provide a benchmark for your climbing.

The Assessment involves tests for:

  • Maximal grip strength
  • Aerobic and anaerobic capactiy
  • Aerobic power (or power endurance)
  • Movement economy and climbing pace
  • Climbing specific muscle function

Due to the angle of our Lattice Board we can  assess climbers who can redpoint f7b+ or boulder V5/font 6c.

A Lattice assessment review

       "If you’re looking for a professional, detailed performance assessment, get yourself down to the Foundry. I recently booked in a last minute Lattice assessment with Ash and was incredibly impressed with the experience from start to finish. Ash was highly knowledgeable and relaxed - even when we ended up turning up at 8PM!

The best part for me was how Ash had the answers to all the geeky little questions I asked about the assessment process, what the results might mean and how it applied to my climbing.

Overall a very impressive and slick process - I’m massively psyched to get my training plan!"

Mischa Hawker-Yates

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1:1 Coaching

£50 for 1.5hr

Our private coaching sessions can be tailored towards your bouldering, route climbing, or just overall technique. We can also use these sessions as a foundation for creating a training program.


Training Plans

£30 per month

A periodised training plan tailored to your strengths and weaknesses with ongoing support from your coach. We recommend starting your plan with a lattice assessment or a 1:1 coaching session depend on your ability.

Strength & Conditioning

£60 per person for 8 sessions (inc. free wall entry to climb on that day)

Running during the winter

A series of 8 sessions targeting your individual weaknesses to create the strongest climbers possible. On the first session we start with 6 basic exercises and use these to tailor the future sessions to you, adapting to what you need to work on the most. We want to take what is best about traditional circuit training - the team spirit and group effort - but get rid of the one size fits all mentality.

Each 1hr session consists of:

Stretching and Mobility to work out the kinks

Strengthening Exercises to get you stronger

Review & Development to tailor future sessions to your weaknesses

If you are interested in any of these products please get in touch. Please provide as much information as you can to make sure we find the right path for you

Please also complete the pre-session form to let us know about your climbing. This is really helpful in making sure you get the best possible session.

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Team Foundry Coaching Sessions

2hr sessions

Monthly payment scheme starting at £55 per month

Ages 6-17

Team Foundry is dedicated to taking enthusiastic and motivated youngsters and help them achieve their climbing potential. We focus on teaching good technique and climbing movement, tactical decision making, mental toughness, and introducing structured training. We also aim to create a supportive and friendly environment where climbers are encouraged to reach their personal goals and encourage others. Sportsmanship and teamwork are essential.