Our climbing club has been running for about 9 months now, and it’s been a great opportunity to watch a good number of young people steadily develop not just their climbing abilities, but their fitness and confidence as well. As well as being a lot of fun, climbing provides a whole host of physical and mental health benefits, and it’s a great social atmosphere, as people can set their own level of challenge, and climbers of different levels of skill and experience can all be involved in the same session without being either feeling held back, or pushed to try things they’re not ready for.
Thanks to the hard work the group members put in to obtain funding for equipment last year, we were able to spend a good number of days over the summer holidays climbing outdoors at a variety of venues around the central Belt, and once the warmer weather and brighter evenings of spring arrive, we’ll be looking for opportunities to get back outside whenever we can.
Over winter, we’ve been focusing our activity on climbing indoors, and we now have six of the group who have become junior members at Glasgow Climbing Centre, which means they can sign themselves in and climb whenever they want, rather than depending on group outings. This also means that we have several free spaces in the coaching session on Monday nights, so if you’re 13 or over and interested in learning to climb, get in touch and we’ll give you more information.
We’re also still running monthly taster sessions on Thursday evenings for 8-12 year olds, and our aim is to begin a regular weekly session for them as soon as we can secure the funding to cover the costs involved. If you’d like to get involved in this session, then we’d be delighted to hear from you.
We also run a weekly session for pupils at St Roch’s secondary school, as part of their Wider Achievement programme, and young people who get a taste for climbing at school are welcome to join in their evening groups as well if they want to keep climbing.
All our climbing sessions are supervised by a qualified instructor, and we provide all the required equipment. Our climbing club is affiliated with Climb Scotland.
We’ve got some great ideas for this coming year, including some trips further afield, and the chance for some our more experienced group members to try different types of climbing as well, so if you’d like to get involved, we’d be delighted to hear from you – you can contact us via the website by clicking HERE, even if you don’t have an email address, but you’ll need to give us either a phone number or email so we can respond. You can also get in touch with us via our Facebook page.