Kids Club

NEWS: Cafe & Changing refurbishments!

Friday, February 17th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Changing

The new mezzanine Changing Area. Including toilets and showers.

The Cafe at Guildford will be closed from 19th February. 

Plans for the final stage of the centre redevelopment will commence on 20th February and last for approx 6 weeks. This will include moving the cafe to the ground floor and the changing area up to the mezzanine.

Phase one will see the cafe closed and the mezzanine area  cleared. New male and female changing rooms will be created, each with a shower and toilet. The viewing gallery will remain with comfortable seating for those wanting to enjoy the view!

Phase two will commence with completion of the changing area and this will include building a new cafe with a cafe seating area being created where the current changing area is located.

All work is expected to be completed with the new cafe opening on 1st of April 2017!

Cafe

The new “Bart’s Cafe” – opening 1st of April 2017!

Under New Management:

Management of the cafe will be provided by Bart Hilla Trading as Bart’s Cafe. Bart is a regular climber here at Craggy and will be known to many of our members, he is currently working on a new menu and has plenty of exciting  ideas up his sleeve!

Please note: Hot drinks, cold drinks, crisps, chocolate and sweets will be available to purchase from Reception throughout the refurb. Seating will be limited but we very much appreciate your patience whilst we carry out these improvements.

Party Food: If you have booked a Birthday Party with food during this time then rest assured, your party food will still go ahead as planned. Please contact Marv Smith, Centre Manager, at marv@craggy-island.com if you have any questions.

 

 

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Youth Climbing Team selection for 2016/2017 season!

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 - Posted by Danie

Matilda and Toby with their trophies at the International Youth Color Festival, Imst in June 2015

Matilda and Toby with their trophies at the International Youth Color Festival, Imst in June 2015

Would you like to try out for the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team?  If so, here’s how to put yourself up for selection…

Download Youth Team Application Form here!

What do we offer members of the Youth Climbing Team?

The Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team is a select group of young climbers who either already show great form in competitions or have the potential to climb well in that environment.

Being a member of the Team opens up the following opportunities for young climbers:

  • Full support from Craggy Island – all of your climbing, tuition, coaching, advice and team kit is provided free of charge.  The only things that we do not cover the cost of are personal climbing equipment and travel to competitions as we feel it is very important that parents are involved in their child’s climbing too and ask that they support their child in attending the competitions that they choose to.
  • Team members climb for free at all Craggy Island centres.  We also encourage parents to be involved by offering them free climbing when they come in with their child – to either supervise, belay or climb with them.  If parents are not climbers already then we will offer you a Beginner Course or Lead Climbing Course so you can have a thorough understanding of what your child is undertaking.
  • Members of the team are still encouraged to attend our Kids Club if they wish as we believe that climbing should be about fun first and fore-most and want to ensure that all of our young climbers maintain a healthy attitude towards both their climbing and the other youngsters that they share their love of the sport with.  Attendance to our Kids Club is provided free of charge in this instance.
  • Weekly 2-hour coaching sessions are provided by our in-house team – Danie Rushmer, Team Manager & Coach, Mark Croxall, Head Coach, Howard Blyth, Coach and Graeme Harwood, Coach.  All of our coaches have a huge level of experience as individuals and between them are able to provide a diverse and high level of advice on all aspects of climbing, training and competing.  With their involvement also reaching out to the GB Junior Team and BMC National and Regional Academies this is one of the most experienced coaching teams available to a non-national team here in the UK.
  • In addition to the sessions provided on a weekly basis we also call in other highly regarded coaches for additional sessions.  The most recent of which was provided by Ian Dunn, GB Junior Team Manager who ran a day-long workshop with the team looking at warming up, performance analysis, lead climbing and core strength.
  • Our coaching team also attend significant competitions and events to support the team.  This is also provided free of charge within the UK and by arrangement in Europe.  Whilst attending competitions and events our coaches are able to provide assistance with warming up, preparation, route-reading, advice on specific moves or problems and assistance in making sure youngsters are in the right place at the right time!
Team member Miles Graham competing at the BMC YCS

Team member Miles Graham competing at the BMC YCS

Download Youth Team Application Form here!

The format for Selection this year is different to previous years. 

Anyone wishing to be considered for Team will need to complete a Youth Team Application form. Once completed, please email to danie@craggy-island.com or drop in at Reception for attention of Danie. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th of July 2016.

Successful applicants will then be invited to a Selection Day on Saturday 9th of July 2016 at 10:30-13:00. Further details will be provided as appropriate. There is no charge for the Selection Day.

All children born between 2000 and 2009 are invited to apply. This will be Youth A, Youth B, Youth C, Youth D and Youth E for events during late 2016 and 2017.

The Youth Team after Round 3 of the BMC YCS 2016

The Youth Team after Round 3 of the BMC YCS 2016

The selected Youth Team for 2016/2017 will then be announced on Wednesday 13th of July.  All attendees will be informed via email whether they have been selected or not on that day.  If you are not selected, we will provide specific feedback as to what you can improve on and how best to develop your climbing.

Please Note:  Team trainings and benefits will not start until 1st of September 2016 for new members!  You will be required to continue using Craggy in a ‘normal’ manner until then.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Danie via email on danie@craggy-island.com

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New: Junior Social Session at Guildford!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 - Posted by Danie

32With climbing becoming ever more popular with young climbers we’re introducing a brand new session – just for them!

Starting Friday 10th of June 2016!

Our Junior Social will run every Friday evening from 7pm-9pm – priced at just £5.00. The session is for young climbers aged 14-16 years who have passed their Junior Competency Test and Registered as members here at Craggy Island, Guildford.

There will be an instructor on hand to offer advice and guidance but this is not a “supervised” session and is only suitable for competent young climbers.

If you’re unsure whether you’re Registered or suitable for this session then please call us on 01483 566880 before coming along, just to be sure.

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What makes Craggy Island’s Kids Clubs so special…?

Sunday, November 1st, 2015 - Posted by Danie

party surrey climbingHaving been at the fore-front of indoor climbing in the South East since 2004, we really have a great understanding of how to provide brilliant climbing!

Back in 2004, one of the first courses we started developing and delivering was Kids Club.  In the 10 years since, we’ve seen it grow from strength to strength with many hundreds of aspiring young climbers coming through our doors and have kept diversifying and adapting along the way – always ensuring that we not only provide the best service in safety and instruction but also ensuring that our Clubs are the most fun around!

FolderWe’ve never been fans of anything bland or “normal” and our Kids Clubs are no exception.  Rather than implementing an off-the-shelf awards scheme for our young climbers, we’ve taken the time to create our own bespoke awards schemes for both our Mini Kids Club and Kids Club.  We love to climb and know that every youngster that walks through our doors here wants to climb too so that’s what we focus on during our kids sessions.  We avoid the more mundane “classroom” style sessions adopted for a lot of learning situations and prefer to get straight on the walls to allow them to let off steam and get stuck in to the sport they’ve fallen in love with…

Lucy Bradbury climbing the stackHaving said that, we still appreciate that there’s a need for structure and offer a great range of courses for schools and groups to work through beginner courses and fulfill educational criteria, like for GCSEs.

Climbing offers an incredible alternative to youngsters who may struggle in team sport situations.  It is engaging both physically and mentally and a great way to not only keep active but to unwind and learn valuable social and communication skills.  In climbing, you develop partnerships with your peers based on trust and many great friendships have been forged as a result.

Every child that attends a Kids Club is given a folder containing the syllabus for all of our awards (Levels 1 to 5) and they are aimed at progressing a child’s climbing from absolute beginner to being a very experienced indoor climber with the ability to belay, lead climb and demonstrate advanced technical ability.

child rock climbing at Craggy IslandLevel 1:

This is for beginner climbers and is all about them learning the basic safety skills like knot-tying and belaying to ensure that they are safe within the climbing area.

Level 2:

We start to focus more on the movement of climbing now – looking at basic techniques to refine their style and start working towards harder climbs.

Level 3:

Once a child reaches Silver they will be a very competent climber with a great range of safety skills and a confident climbing style.  This is now the time to look at advanced movement techniques and encouraging them to start pushing their grade.

Level 4:

This is where they start to gain their independence at Craggy.  They’ll start to build confidence in their own decision making and our instructors will be there to ensure they’re safe and able to take steps to looking after themselves in a climbing wall environment.

ContentLevel 5:

This is our most advanced award and sees youngsters climbing independently.  Still under the guidance of our instructors, they will make their own decisions about which climbs they will attempt and will be ready to choose their own direction – many opt to move into Craghoppers or the Youth Development Squad at this stage if they have not already done so.

Upon completing an award level they receive a certificate as part of their folder.

If you’d like to find out more about our sessions please select either Guildford or Sutton.  Alternatively, why not give us a call on 0844 880 8866 and we can talk you through the options and help you to choose the right club for your child.

 

 

 

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Summer Fun with Craggy Island!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015 - Posted by Danie

child rock climbing at Craggy IslandGet you kids active this Summer Holiday with indoor climbing here at Craggy Island!  With sessions ranging from 1 to 3 hours there’s something to suit all requirements and with our Cafe on site too you might even get some time to yourself with a yummy coffee…

This page is for Holiday Sessions at Guildford – for Holiday Sessions at Sutton, please click here!

Call 01483 566880 now to book!

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young lad rock climbing at Craggy Islandschool holiday fun sessions

  • A 3 hour long climbing, abseiling, fun and games session suitable for children aged 8 to 13 years.

Our instructors will be there at all times to make sure your kids are both safe and having fun!  There will a break during the session to give them a chance to rehydrate and re-fuel – drinks will be provided in our café and are included in the cost of the course.  Snacks can be purchased from the cafe or vending machines, however, if your child has any particular dietary requirements, please send them with something to eat or drink (there is a fridge available if needed).

Scheduled School Holiday Sessions:

(Information last updated:  Sunday 21st of June 2015 at 11:42)

Thursday 23rd of July at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces 11 spaces

Tuesday 28th of July at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces 11 spaces

Thursday 30th of July at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Tuesday 4th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Thursday 6th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Tuesday 11th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Thursday 13th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Tuesday 18th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Thursday 20th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Tuesday 25th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

Thursday 27th of August at 10:30-13:30 – 12 spaces

£39.50 per person

(includes all safety equipment. Rock Shoes can be hired for an extra £4.00 but are not essential)

Call 01483 566880 now to book!

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kids climbingtaster sessions

  • Tasters are a really fun “Have-a-Go” session suitable for first time climbers aged between 8 and 16 years

They are a great way of getting an introduction to the exciting sport of indoor climbing and will challenge even the most adventurous youngsters!

Scheduled Sessions:

(Information last updated:  Sunday 21st of June 2015 at 11:55)

Wednesday 22nd of July at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Wednesday 22nd of July at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces 5 spaces

Friday 24th of July at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Friday 24th of July at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

Monday 27th of July at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Monday 27th of July at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

kids clubWednesday 29th of July at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Wednesday 29th of July at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

Friday 31st of July at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Friday 31st of July at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

Monday 3rd of August at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Monday 3rd of August at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

Wednesday 5th of August at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Wednesday 5th of August at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

Friday 7th fo August at 10:00-11:30 – 6 spaces

Friday 7th of August at 14:00-15:30 – 6 spaces

Please call 01483 566880 for availability further ahead…

£27.50 per person

(includes all safety equipment. Rock Shoes can be hired for an extra £4.00 but are not essential)

Call 01483 566880 now to book!

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cafeactive climb

  • If you have a child aged between 5 and 7 years old then an Active Climb will give them the chance to have a go at climbing here at Craggy.

This session runs at a lower ratio to ensure that each child gets as much support and encouragement as possible during their climbs.

Scheduled Sessions:

(Information last updated:  Sunday 21st of June 2015 at 12:00)

Wednesday 22nd of July at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Wednesday 22nd of July at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Friday 24th of July at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Friday 24th of July at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Monday 27th of July at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Monday 27th of July at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

party boy bouldering at Craggy Island SuttonWednesday 29th of July at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Wednesday 29th of July at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Friday 31st of July at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Friday 31st of July at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Monday 3rd of August at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Monday 3rd of August at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Wednesday 5th of August at 13:00-11:30 – 4 spaces

Wednesday 5th of August at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Friday 7th of August at 10:30-11:30 – 4 spaces

Friday 7th of August at 14:00-15:00 – 4 spaces

Please call 01483 566880 for availability further ahead…

£22.50 per person

(includes all safety equipment. Rock Shoes can be hired for an extra £4.00 but are not essential)

Call 01483 566880 now to book!

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private tuition

  • If you’re looking for something more specific; perhaps you want to learn to climb too, give the kids a tougher challenge or simply want your instructor’s undivided attention then a Private session is the thing for you!

You can book each session for up to 4 people and it will be completely tailored to your requirements.

Private Sessions:

1 person: £45 per hour

2 people: £55 per hour

3 people: £65 per hour

4 people: £75 per hour

parent & child: £50 per hour

(includes all safety equipment. Rock Shoes can be hired for an extra £4.00 but are not essential)

Private sessions can be booked at any time, subject to availability.

Call 01483 566880 now to book!

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Craggy Youth Team take Silver in Europe!

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 - Posted by Danie

Matilda and Toby with their trophiesLast weekend the Youth Color Climbing Festival took place in Imst, Austria. This International competition for 10 to 13 year olds takes place annually and is an opportunity for youngsters from all over the world who are too young to compete as part of their National team to get a taste of competing on the World stage. 

Matilda Collins (11 years) and Toby Roberts (10 years), both members of the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, climbed exceptionally in the Youth D category and both placed 2nd. Toby, in the first year of competing in Youth D, topped all of his routes and missed out on 1st place by just 2 seconds when he was timed-out before matching the last hold on one climb.

Craggy Youth Team Coach, Mark Croxall, was in Austria to support Matilda and Toby.  He said: “Both of them have worked so hard in the run up to this event having both placed very well at the BMC Youth Climbing Series earlier this year. Matilda’s natural ability and Toby’s strength and incredible determination make them both very promising climbers for the future. At Craggy, it’s very important to us to develop our young climbers in a fun environment and I believe that it’s this which motivates them to continually improve and excel.”

Matilda and Toby climbing their way to Silver

In Youth C, GB Junior Team members Emily Phillips and Hamish McArthur provided stand-out performances by taking 5th and 6th place respectively.

In addition, there were another 16 climbers from all over Great Britain. This is our largest ever entry into the Youth Color and a reflection of the increase in the number of youngsters taking up the sport and looking to take International competitions seriously.

For any media or sponsorship enquiries regarding the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, please contact Team Manager, Danielle Rushmer.

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Seb’s Top Tips for buying Rock Shoes:

Monday, November 24th, 2014 - Posted by Danie

Rock On at Craggy Island!The right shoes will make you climb better. Fact!

However, this is an incredibly personal thing – what’s right for you may not be right for anyone else and, equally, just cos your mate swears by his shoes doesn’t mean they will work well for you.

At Rock On we start by looking at your feet and trying to find shoes that either match the shape of your feet or will be filled by your feet. Rock shoes don’t have to be painful but they do have to be tight. Only you can judge how tight you can bear your shoes to be but we can guide you through the sensible options for your feet and explain the differences, how much they may stretch, soften and shape around you and whether they are an appropriate shoe for how (or what) you like to climb. You will almost certainly climb better (or harder) in a well fitting pair of not-too-technical shoes than you will in a badly fitting pair of very technical ones. Our job is to help you work out the difference.

This only works because we keep hundreds of pairs of rock shoes in each of our shops. If your feet are sized between a kids size 9 (27 continental) and an adults size 14 (49 continental) we should have the size and shape to fit you. If your feet are bigger than that we might still have some but maybe not much choice and if you are smaller than a kids size 9 does your mummy know you are on the internet?!

Seb from Rock On’s top ten tips to buying rock shoes:

1) Buying a rock shoe is like finding your perfect partner; don’t judge on looks alone or stop searching until it feels absolutely right.

2) Size really does matter! Always seek advice from a specialist in this area. Get this wrong and you really may as well be climbing in a pair of bright pink flip flops! (We sell these too!)

3) As within the bedroom, stay OPEN MINDED! What you think or ‘know’ you might like, may well be standing in between you and something you don’t already know, that’s better.

4) Man made fabrics are more likely to smell than natural ones so smelly feet peoples be aware!

5) All rock shoes are going to stretch to some degree over the first 5-6 weeks of regular usage. The ‘shop fit’ wants to be that little bit smaller to compensate for this.

6) The compromise with rock shoes is always between comfort and performance. My view is that often the proportion of performance gained is disproportionate to the comfort lost, BUT that for the ambitious climber this trade off is very much worth it.

7) The ‘right’ pair of rock shoes will give you the extra confidence you need in your feet to progress to the next level.

8) Don’t waste your time trying shoes on over the Internet. Exactly – you can’t! You’ll spend precious few pennies more, if any, and you’ll get expert hands on service from a specialist outlet like us.

9) The rock shoe is critical to your climbing enjoyment and progression so the effort spent on getting it right is rewarded to you every time you climb. Now that rocks!

10) The staff at Rock On are the most enthusiastic rock shoe climber type people in the universe and that’s a fact!

 

 

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Success for Craggy Youth Team at National Finals…!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 - Posted by Danie

Matilda Collins, 1st Place in Youth D Girls

This weekend saw the Grand Final for the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series at EICA Ratho in Edinburgh!

The Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region. During the competition the kids are required to climb 3 routes and 3 boulder problems – scoring points for the distance that they manage to climb up the route or boulder problem.  A maximum of 100 points is available on the routes and 60 on the boulder problems.  All routes and boulders are set specifically for the competition and take in to account not only the age of the children that will be climbing them, but also their size and the strengths and weaknesses which are likely at their age.

The top 3 climbers from each category qualify in to the Grand Final so simply earning a place is a truly great achievement and something that all who qualified should be extremely proud of!

We were delighted to have 6 Craggy Youth Team and 1 Development Squad member through to Finals – this represents more places for our Region in the Finals than any other team in the area and is a credit to the support provided by our coaching team.

  • Youth A Boys:  Reegan Brown
  • Youth A Girls:  Lucy Bradbury
  • Youth C Boys:  Miles Graham & James Bateman
  • Youth D Boys:  Tola Lally (Craggy Youth Squad)
  • Youth D Girls:  Matilda Collins
  • Youth E Boys:  Toby Roberts

Lucy Bradbury on her second climb.Having qualified for the event back in the early spring it must have felt like a long time coming for our young climbers…  Danie Rushmer (Team Manager), Mark Croxall (Head Coach) and Graeme Harwood (Coach) were also there – providing our young climbers with all the support, advice and encouragement they needed to not only do well but have a great time trying.

After completing the traditional group warm up with all of the other competitors the kids were split in to their age groups and began preparing for their climbs and boulders.  With so many competitors (over 300 young climbers from throughout England, Scotland and Ireland!) it is always extremely difficult to keep track of how individuals are doing within their groups so it is a rollercoaster of a day and a great battle of ups and downs, highs and lows…  Above all, it’s a learning experience with all of our young competitors coming out of it having learnt a lot.

James Bateman making his way to the top of his second climb.It was a tough competition for all of them and certainly a step up from the Regional competitions.  Having to cope with nerves, an intimidating venue, lots of waiting around between climbs and the pressure of competing at National level I can honestly say that I could not be more proud of our Team members.

Highlight of the day has to be 1st Place for Matilda Collins in Youth D Girls.  This follows on from her recent success in Europe where she achieved 7th in the International Youth Colour Festival in Imst, Austria and puts her up there with some of the most exciting young talents currently within the UK climbing scene.

Great congratulations go to all of our climbers: 

  • Matilda Collins, 1st Place
  • Toby Roberts, 4th Place
  • Lucy Bradbury, 7th Place
  • Reegan Brown, 9th Place
  • James Bateman, 14th Place
  • Miles Graham, 16th Place
  • Tola Lally, 20th Place

The London & South East Team - winners of the team competition!In addition to the congratulations to our climbers, I also want to say a HUGE thank you to all the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who provided transport, love and support throughout the whole weekend.  Without all of you this really wouldn’t be possible – and most certainly not anywhere near as much fun! 

Full results can be viewed here.

More photos can be viewed here.

You can read a bit more about the Craggy Youth Team here.  Any media enquiries should be directed to Danielle Rushmer, Team Manager at danie@craggy-island.com.

 

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Results and Round-up! BMC Youth Climbing Series Regional Final!

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - Posted by Danie

DSC_0316Another weekend and another youth competition…  But this one was a bit special as it was the Regional Final for the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series and the decider for the Regional Team that would be heading to the National Final in Edinburgh!

The Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region. During the competition the kids are required to climb 3 routes and 3 boulder problems – scoring points for the distance that they manage to climb up the route or boulder problem.  A maximum of 100 points is available on the routes and 60 on the boulder problems.  All routes and boulders are set specifically for the competition and take in to account not only the age of the children that will be climbing them, but also their size and the strengths and weaknesses which are likely at their age.

DSC_0140When all the competitors had been registered, the judges had been briefed and everyone was warmed-up, in their places and ready to go it was time to get started!

I’m very proud to say that we had a big Craggy team at this one – considering they had to qualify in to the Regional Final by placing top 5 within their Region (London & South East had been split into North and South this year due to the number of competitors in this area) it was already such a great achievement to be there!  Our region is notoriously strong and have been winners of the Team competition about as far back as time began at the National Final.  This really does go to show the level of competition and the talent that we’re producing in the South!

DSC_0210With 8 Craggy Island Youth Team members and 4 members of the Youth Squad all battling it out for podium positions it was, inevitably, a very hectic day!  However, both the Youth Team and Squad did not disappoint…

Teeny tiny Matilda Collins showed her usual superb form.  She took the win in both the bouldering and routes and took a very convincing 1st place in Youth D Girls.

Lucy Bradbury was absolutely delighted to take 2nd place in Youth A Girls!  This is her last year of competing at the YCS and she really is climbing better than ever so a very well deserved Final place for her with lots to push for in the run up to it!

DSC_0044It was another extraordinarily close competition for Toby Roberts…  He took 2nd place in Youth E Boys by a whisker when it had to go to countback for the second time this series (Toby came 1st at Round 2 having won the bouldering with a clear margin).  Toby’s hard work and dedication really is paying off – I’m very sure I’ve never met a boy with quite as big a desire to improve!  Toby had set himself the challenge of climbing 7a before his 9th birthday…  He turned 9 on the 15th of March and crushed a 7a the weekend before.

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The closest category had to be Youth C Boys…  This is always a tough one with all the lads being so closely matched!  We are extremely proud of both Miles Graham and James Bateman who took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in Youth C Boys.  They’ve both moved up into this age group this year and have exceeded everyone’s expectations – perhaps even their own!  They push each other every step of the way in both training and competition but it would appear that friendly rivalry can produce great results!

DSC_0011Reegan Brown demonstrated the rate at which he’s improving yet again!  Having only started climbing a year or so back, Reegan took 3rd place in Youth A Boys.  Having only been a “boulderer” up until 3 months ago we’re very sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of Reegan on the competition scene!

It was such a tough day for Joshua Bruyns…  Having been out of action for the 2 weeks in the run-up to the competition with flu he battled hard to take an agonising 4th place in Youth D Boys when it went to countback.  His climbing has come so far since we spotted him and took him onto the team at the start of the year and with plenty more comps to train for he’ll be back on that podium in no time at all!

DSC_0094Lenaya Page also had a tough day and took 5th place in Youth B Girls.  Having placed 2nd in the bouldering she couldn’t hold that form going into the routes in the afternoon.  As her confidence keeps growing and her hard work in training keeps her strength building she’ll soon be styling it up again like the Nay we all know and love!

Big congratulations go to Tola Lally from the Youth Squad too!  Tola took 3rd place in Youth D Boys when countback had to be used to seperate the 3 boys all tied for 2nd place.  Tola’s efforts in the bouldering secured him his place in the National Final and he is the first Youth Squad member to achieve this!

The Youth Squad put in a fantastic performance and really did themselves proud.  Matt Gee finished just outside the podium places in 4th place in Youth B Boys.  Molly Read was 7th in the very tough Youth A Girls and Amy Feakes took 9th in Youth B Girls.  All the Squad members show great promise and we’re looking forward to seeing them at future comps too!

Full results for all regions can be seen here:  http://indoorsout.co.uk/index.htm#brycs2014results.htm

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So, let’s see…  Who do we have going to the National Final…  Reegan Brown, Lucy Bradbury, Miles Graham, James Bateman, Matilda Collins, Toby Roberts and Tola Lally!  We can’t wait…!

There’s a lot of work to do in the mean time…  I’m thinking lots of laps, some hard core circuits and a hell of a lot of fun along the way!  :o)

The National Final will be hosted at the Ratho International Climbing Centre, Edinburgh on Saturday 28th of June.

As always, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the parents and families for being so supportive of your children and also being there for all the Team members.  Without all of you this wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun!

For any media or sponsorship enquiries regarding the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, please contact Team Manager, Danielle Rushmer.

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Craggy Island Youth Squad Comes Into It’s Own at Regional Competition!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - Posted by Cliff Hanger

DSC_0002You may have noticed the grey T shirts of the Youth Squad training at Craggy Guildford recently – this is a new group of highly motivated young climbers who are dedicating themselves to becoming better climbers, and of course competing!

With so much interest being generated by The Craggy Youth Climbing Team and their success in regional and national climbing competitions, Shona Hanmer, Guildford’s Centre Manager created the Youth Development Squad. Only running since last September these groups have become the most over-subscribed Kids Clubs that we run.

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The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a regional competition with the 2nd round held here at Guildford on 1st March. The Squad turned up in force to pit themselves against the best in the region and what a day they had. Only the top 5 in each age category go through to the regional finals at the Castle in London and squad members Tola Lally, Matt Gee, Amy Feakes and Molly Read all qualified. So well done to them and to all the Squad members who are such a great bunch.

For a more detailed report, read Shona’s blog here:

The Youth Development Squad started up in September 2013, we had had so much interest in the Craggy Youth Team that it felt right to try and get more kids involved. All the spaces had been taken by October and we had 18 enthusiastic young people eager to learn and to give it their all.

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We had a wide range of experience and ability, some had never been to competitions before where others knew what to expect. We wanted to introduce them all to the competition scene this year and got them all to enter the BMC Youth Climbing Series. It was explained form the start that this year was just for fun to see what they were all about and to gain experience. After all, they only had five months to train for the first round in January. Some of them had never lead climbed before and had the complexities of that to learn, others need to improve stamina, some technique and a few needed to build confidence.

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The first competition at White Spider was quite the learning curve, everyone got a lot out of it; learning how they run and what is expected throughout the day and the standard of climbing from other competitors. It was fair to say they had all done Craggy proud, with their positive attitudes and friendly support to other climbers, they had been a credit to us.


After 3 weeks more training they competed in the second round of the BMC Youth Series on home turf here at Craggy Guildford on Saturday the 1st March. And wow did they pull it out of the bag, I have never seen such an improvement made by all in such little time. Louise Truman, who had onl
y learnt to lead just after Christmas showed a lot of determination and confidence on Saturday leading her hardest climbs to date and pulling moves on the bouldering wall that she hadn’t been able to do in training.  Henry Herring and Ben Spinks’ technique training seemed to all fall into place as they both climbed some steep routes with real thought and precision.  And each and every one of them supported each other and encouraged each other to keep going, there were some tough moments but they all picked themselves back up again ready for the next challenge.

T1DSC_0086And to top it all off Tola Lally and Matt Gee took podium places on Saturday both coming 3rd in their categories with some spectacular climbing on the day, both managing to stay very calm and collected with a positive attitude going into each climb. This means they are through to the regional final along with Amy Feakes who is one to watch on the bouldering wall and Molly Read who showed real courage competing against some very good climbers in her category. The girls both came in the top five overall sending them through.

It was a really great day for the Squad, it showed all their hard work is starting to pay off and best of all they have all had a great time in the process. The coaches left feeling very proud and excited on Saturday, what a great group of kids to be working with.

So, watch this space, as the squad are going to the regional final at the Castle on the 29th March, guess we better get back to training…..CIRCUITS!!

 

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