Youngsters can advance their climbing skills at Lincolnshire’s largest indoor climbing centre, following the launch of its new bouldering wall and national accreditation.
The climbing centre, located in The Showroom on Tritton Road, has recently been granted approval to deliver two new climbing qualifications to children taking part in the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS).
Sam Tweed, Climbing Wall Supervisor, said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to develop the climbing skills of young people in the community to a higher standard.
“Our new bouldering wall, which was installed earlier this year, is a brilliant addition to the climbing centre – without it we would not have been able to enhance what we can offer at the centre or even further progress to deliver levels 3 and 4 of the NICAS.”
The scheme is administered by the Association of British Climbing Walls Training Trust (ABCTT) and is recognised by the British Mountaineering Council. Consisting of five levels, it is designed to educate young people about the history and safety measures of the sport, and develop their skills from novice through to advanced.
The Showroom Climbing Centre runs a number of clubs and individual sessions for children aged seven years and upwards, through to late teens. All sessions are conducted by trained instructors who are qualified to deliver levels 1 to 4 of the scheme.
Local schools also utilise the facilities offered at The Showroom climbing centre; the NICAS scheme can be offered to students as reward packages, GCSE packages, or after school groups.
Since it became an awarding centre in 2014, over 50 children have completed Level 1 and nearly 20 have completed Level 2. Each level requires a number of hours climbing experience to pass and after achieving each stage budding climbers are awarded with a certificate on behalf of the ABCTT.
Sam explained: “Our clubs and sessions are intended to help enable children and young adults to cope with fear and stress, and encourage both self-reliance, teamwork and responsibility for others.
“The sport itself is also a great way for young people to stay active, burn calories and develop muscle tone.”
Sam now hopes the climbing centre will receive approval to deliver the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) in the near future.
To see the full list of clubs and sessions available at The Showroom Climbing Centre please visit: http://www.lincsymca.co.uk/the-showroom-lincoln/activity-centre/climbing/climbing-wall-sessions-and-clubs/
For further information about The Showroom Climbing Centre, including schools involvement please contact Sam Tweed on 01522 508376.