13 March 2014

New Brighton & Hove Climbing Centre to be opened at Withdean Sports Complex.

Withdean Sports Complex will be unveiling its brand new indoor climbing centre this Saturday 15 March where Cllr Denise Cobb, Mayor of Brighton & Hove will officially open the facility at 10.30am. The new facility will be the largest in the South East and will be a regional centre of excellence, meeting the high demand for climbing in the city.

On Sunday 16 March, there will be free 30-minute taster sessions all day. These will run on a first come first served basis from 10am, with the last session starting at 4pm. The sessions will cater for the whole family so everyone can experience the fun of indoor climbing.  

The climbing centre is the latest in a series of improvements at Withdean following last year’s £3 million project to extend and improve the health & fitness facilities and replace the running track. The new centre will encourage people of all ages to become more active by taking part in one of the fastest growing activities in the country.

Brighton & Hove City Council has been working alongside Freedom Leisure and High Sports, the UK’s leading provider of indoor climbing who have funded the new £250 thousand facility.

The facility will be run by High Sports who have a strong track record in providing a fully inclusive programme of climbing activities and have offered free use to local schools during the summer term.

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the Economic Development & Culture Committee, said “The new climbing wall will prove to be yet another hugely popular attraction at the Withdean Complex and complements the new running track and the extension of the health & fitness facilities opened last year.  The Withdean Sports Complex is certainly delivering on the Olympic legacy.”

Ross Philipson, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager at Withdean Sports Complex said; “We’re delighted to have such a fantastic facility at Withdean Sports Complex and are encouraging as many people as possible to come along and join in with one of the free taster sessions on Sunday.  The climbing wall will provide another way for people to get active and it’s fun that the whole family can enjoy.  It will be a great addition to the wide range of facilities already on offer.”

The wall will be open seven days a week and will offer adult and junior climbing sessions from age four and upwards. The facility features both rope walls and boulder walls to satisfy climbing athletes at the very top of their game.  Find out more at www.high-sports.co.uk