We’ve recently had a custom made climbing wall installed within the school Sports Hall as part of a community focused project funded by the National Lottery. The project will provide safe, supervised community engagement for young people and will encourage them to develop a greater sense of self-belief, self-confidence, and social skills. After school and community clubs have already begun using the wall, enabling young people to come along and develop their climbing skills whilst also engaging in developmental & exciting group training sessions.
The facility itself consists of 3 angled climbs including a slab section, vertical wall, and overhang. Together with the wall’s wide variety of graded routes, it can be used to cater for a range of skill levels and abilities. In addition there is a long 10m traverse wall which is an excellent tool when looking at coaching climbing techniques and developing higher level skills amongst club members.
During school hours the wall is also being used for PE lessons to both enhance the curriculum within Key Stage 3, and provide a wider range of sporting opportunities at GCSE.
So far we’ve had groups visit the wall from all over the Rotherham Borough, and regular club nights are set to increase in numbers throughout 2016.