Indoor Climbing Wall Open to Individual Climbers and Group or Party Bookings
Climbing is a great way to keep fit over the winter months, socialise with you friends and learn a new skill. Indoor climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the western world. Age is no boundary, and you don’t need to be super fit. Climbing is about participating at the level you feel comfortable with. The best climbers is those having the most fun, so don’t be afraid, pick up the phone and call us or better still call in, see the wall and have a chat about your needs.
Who currently uses the wall?
There are many public climbing needs met on Lurgan YMCA’s wall. For example, complete beginners who have never ever climbed, come in, get some instructions and enjoy the new experience. intermediate to experienced climbers, parents with children, other youth and community groups and lots and lots of birthday parties.
What’s new and what will happy over the next view months?
Junior climbing club - Climbing is a great way to keep young people fit and maintain their early years flexibility. It is also a great way to socialise and make life long friends. Lurgan YMCA would love to start a junior climbing club and link into Mountaineer Ireland (http://www.mountaineering.ie/TrainingAndSafety/default.aspx) and the (http://www.nicas.co.uk/). If you know of a young people that would be interested in being part of a structured climbing club and are aged between 8 ish and 16 yrs we would like to meet you and them. Youth climbing is growing very fast and you will see form the may on this link just how may walls and club there is in Ireland. ( ). This opens up competition climbing up to world class standards and indeed N. Ireland has junior competing at this level. So talk to us and get involved.
Recruitment of volunteers - If you knew that the only thing that was preventing a young person or even a retired person form going climbing was you, would you change that? Well we would like to offer you the chance to volunteer with Lurgan YMCA and to help with our climbing wall.
What we expect of you:
We don’t expect you to have experience but we do expect you to have a desire to help people gain access to climbing. We expect you to commit to training, that may take 2 pathways.
Pathway 1: You may just be trained to sign climbers in, understand enough to know they are safe and to act as host for the public when visiting the wall or building, make them feel welcome, be friendly.
Pathway 2: As well as being a good host and signing them in you may also be trained up to supervise the wall, help develop young climber, and help out with organised groups and parties when climbing.
We also expect you to be part of the YMCA family and be a good ambassador for the work we do in meeting community needs and that may mean talking to the public about other things we offer.
We expect you to act safely and to always put the climber or young person’s well-being at the top of your priority.
We also expect you to support our main policies of good practice and training in child protection, fire and health & safety etc.
What you can expect of us:
We will recruit you through normal legal processes for the community industry; application, 2 references and AccessNI vetting.
We will provide all the necessary training you need for either the of the 2 pathways above or for any other training you need to do other tasks you feel you would like to help with; e.g. youth work, canoeing, administration.
We will give you the support you need to do the job you have volunteered to do.
You will be inform and included in staff and volunteer trainings and socialising events.
As long as you are actively involved in helping out with the climbing wall operation you will have free access to climb personally.
Your skills may also be used a part of a climbing wall working group to support youth climbing, club development and participation at competitions.
For some who have senior leadership capabilities and time, you will be encouraged to oversee aspects of the climbing club and operations of the programme.
So what type of person are we looking for to be a volunteer - The type of volunteer needed are special. the are people who want to get involved in their community and give something back. We are looking for parents who want to support their child in climbing but also to play a role in how their participation develops. People who just have a heart for young people and want to ensure they have the best opportunities to grow up to be strong in spirit, mind and body. People who have some time to invest weekly and who can be depended on. People who love being PART of a team, not think they are the team. People who just want to help!. If you are 16yrs old and mature and you are working toward UCAS or other awards like Duke of Edinburg or Presidents scheme, Uniform organisation badge work then this may be for you. If you are working, unemployed, retired or someone who just has some time and you want to make friends then please come in and talk with us, we are not a bad bunch and we would love to hear form you.
Lurgan YMCA Climbing Wall Opening Times:
Monday to Thursday 1000hrs to 2100hrs
Fridays 1000hrs to 1330hrs and 1700-2100hrs
Saturdays are normally for groups and birthday parties
Note: Always call us to make sure we are open and that a groups has not booked the wall. As we are a youth centre, sometimes we have to close the wall to suit other programmes
Prices subject to changes:
Under 14s £3
Under 18s £4
Harness hire £2.50
Boot hire £2.50
Harness & boots together £4