With 2015 creeping in, and 2014 seeming like it was yesterday here at Reading Climbing Centre we have sprinted off the start line. Route setting has kept you all on your toes (excuse the coaching pun) over the Holiday period with over 100 new blocs in our newly designed boulder wall and more than 25 routes to go at. Off the backside of this coaching sessions here have gone through the roof, with 1:1’s being the order of the day along side our academy squad nights and our new open academy helping develop young talent from our NICAS & NIBAS programmes. Week nights seem to be ever increasing in popularity, with social nights adding to the mix of good music, great atmosphere and the occasional high pitched scream. Gear demos have also been a regular occurrence with the first Lyon Winter Wall Event with guest stars including Neil Gresham!
Our monthly Winter Bouldering League has come round again with Round 3 on Thursday 29th January, ensure you get down from 6pm for an evening of funky shapes and numerous apes swinging around. Alongside W.B.L this month we will be holding the first round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series (London and South East, North Region), a nationally recognised competition for kids aged from 7 – 17 with kicking off Saturday 24th Jan 2015: the perfect place to start your kids competition climbing career. This is sure to be poplar amongst the younger generation of climbers that are up and coming through the ranks, and one not to be missed even if you thought climbing wasn’t a spectator sport.
Alongside all of these events the Academy is back to training mode, with a lot of the RCC staff following in their footsteps! If your keen to hop on the training train, then get in contact with us here at Reading Climbing Centre through January for our Get Fit Campaign and receive 20% off coaching sessions. 2014 saw RCC Academy Veteran (at 15!) Catrin Rose retaining her place in the GB Junior Lead Climbing Team, plus a whole host Academy Podiums in comps from the Welsh Open, British Lead Climbing Championships, Youth Lead Cup and our own WBL and Petzl Lead comps. Oh and not forgetting our guest Coaches James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini.
Our open academy has started up, with great turn outs on both Wednesday and Friday night. These are the up and coming kids to keep an eye out for when on a rope as they have undiscovered talent! Not forgetting our fresh out of the box NIBAS scheme is now up and running, with some great feedback from the kids so far, even the instructors seem to be getting something out of it.
So that’s 2015 so far with our ever growing sport going from strength to strength here at Reading Climbing Centre, we are all climbers so come have a chat if you ever need anything, and if you haven’t checkout our new Boulder wall or Comp wall get down soon!