About Apex Climbing

Meet Our Professional Coaching Team

Meet The Apex Climbing Coaching Team

Jamie Vardy

Founder & Head Coach of Apex Climbing

Whatever you are looking to improve within your climbing I can offer a service tailored to suit your needs. I am available to coach in the Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield areas, including the Peak District for outdoor day trips.

Some of my specialist areas are:

  • Footwork
  • Technique and movement
  • Building physical strength, power, strength endurance and endurance
  • Visualization
  • Safeguarding against injury
  • Goal setting and self reflection

About Jamie

I am qualified to coach bouldering and roped climbing within an indoor & outdoor setting. I am fully trained and assessed in the Mountain Training (UK), Climbing Wall Award and Abseil modules, as well as the Single Pitch Award. I am also trained in the Foundation and Development Coach qualifications run by Mountain Training, along with the BMCs’ Fundamentals workshops (all 3 available and Physical Training for Climbing workshop). I have also attended the recommended Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop adding to my affiliation of Sports Coach UK, adhering to the latest standards of professional good practice for sports coaches working within the UK.

I hold further coach qualifications in the form of the FA 1st4Sport Level 1 in Football Coaching, with a view of taking suitable coaching principles from a mainstream sport and applying relevant methods into my climbing coaching.

Being based in Chesterfield, I am blessed to be surrounded by a fantastic range of facilities in Nottingham, Sheffield and Derby, along with being situated very close to the Peak District. Therefore I can coach at the destination that best suits you and your goals.

Jamie's Climbing Qualifications

Dan Hoyle Climbing Coach

Our Other Coaches

Dan Hoyle

Assistant Coach

Dan has been an awesome addition to the coaching staff, brought in to directly improve and expand the Apex Academy in early 2017. He is a rock climbing and mountaineering instructor and coach, with a keen interest in the development and evolution of different methods of coaching climbing at all levels.

Dan graduated from the University of Derby with no less than a First Class BA Honours Degree in Outdoor Activity Leadership and Coaching, adding his Single Pitch Award along the way. His passion for coaching really comes out in his ability to deliver fun and engaging sessions on a weekly basis.

Ella Main Assistant Climbing Coach

Ella Main

Assistant Coach

Ella joined our team in December 2017. An experienced climber and highly qualified even at a young age! She is an indoor and outdoor rock climbing instructor and coach, who has worked with and coached across the whole age spectrum in her roles at Nottingham Climbing Centre and coaching with the ‘Mini Beasts’ team based in Norfolk.

Her climbing specific qualifications include the Single Pitch Award along with the highest Assistant Coach qualification, the Foundation Coach Award. Ella has bags of passion for climbing and it shows in her coaching. She’s a great leader and has already become a role model for many of our young climbers, especially our young girls.