At the end of the summer term OENW, supported by West View Climbing Centre, hosted the first ever Blackpool Schools Climbing Festival.
It was a huge pleasure to interact with so many wonderful young people from the Blackpool and Fylde Coast area, whilst introducing them to this fantastic sport!
"the uptake was immense. It was a sell out within a few hours and we could have filled the day 3 times over."
The aim of the event was to create an opportunity for a high volume of young people to have their first taste of climbing in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The event took place at Blackpool Sixth Form College and saw almost 200 young people climb for the
very first time. A range of schools attended; primary, secondary, FE, and SEN, and all participants left with a NICAS participation certificate.
OENW hopes that after this initial taster of climbing, more young people and schools will want to get involved in climbing again in the future through sessions at local walls or out on rock, or directly with NICAS registered walls.
The feedback from the schools was so positive that we will be extending the festival next year to a 2-day event and offer a primary day and secondary day too. We are also looking at hosting a climbing competition in the winter for schools on the Fylde coast.
Read more here: http://www.nicas.co.uk/news-and-events/festival-write-up