The Ridge climbing centre at Link Centre recently closed its doors for the final time, but the town’s new dedicated climbing centre, Rockstar Climbing, continues to move forward and is now looking for staff ready for opening in the Autumn.
Rockstar Climbing’s vision is simple – to create a fun and safe environment where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the hugely popular sport of climbing says owner, Mike Aston. “People come and try climbing for many different reasons, some are looking for a more fun and social alternative to going to the gym, families come because they wish to do something exciting and creative together, and children come because, well, because they just love to climb. Everyone soon discovers though that climbing gives back so much more than they could ever expect.”
Climbing continues to increase in popularity across the world, partially due to great improvements in materials and technologies that make climbing more accessible but also because those who participate in the sport discover the greater benefits on offer. Brian Hall, Rockstar’s Senior Centre Manager, added: “Climbing keeps you super-fit and super-toned but also improves flexibility, confidence, problem solving, social skills, reduces stress, the list is endless.”
To help climbers gain all these benefits Rockstar Climbing will have a broad mix of climbing on offer. The centre boasts a large bouldering area that will offer many different climbing problems, roped climbing for both lead and top-rope up to 10 metres, a dedicated kids climbing area, slacklining, strength training zone and a chill-out zone with food and drink on offer.
Taster sessions will be regularly available for anyone wishing to give climbing a try and there will be regular scheduled kids clubs, junior and adult courses as well as more advanced masterclasses for climbers wishing to improve their technique and training.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response we’ve had so far with progress on the new centre online and in person,” said Mike Aston. “We are so encouraged that so many people seem to share our passion for climbing. It means a lot because we are not a big leisure group but just two climbers following a dream and we can’t wait to welcome everyone and make new friends.”