Course sees girls climb to the top

Farlington pupils at the climbing wall
Farlington pupils at the climbing wall

Seven Farlington School students from Years 11 and 13 have completed a 10-week climbing course at High Sports at K2 in Crawley.

Climbing was one of their PE options, which they undertook on Friday afternoons to learn the basics of climbing and gain a Level 1 Climbing Certificate.

As well as taking on the 12-metre, they tackled the bouldering wall, learnt to tie knots, safely belay one another and climb a range of routes.

Farlington’s John Dwyer, who took the students to K2, says: “Indoor climbing offers both mental and physical exercise. The mind benefits from the problem-solving this sport demands, and increases mental control along with improved climbing skills.

“As an exercise, it offers endurance and strength training, using both fast and slow twitch muscles. It engages and works all muscle groups simultaneously, while using and improving balance and coordination. It is a great way to build strength, keep fit and learn a range of new skills,” he added.

“The girls all really grew in confidence on the wall this year. Several of the girls reached a very high level of climbing and improved their technique significantly.

“The group thoroughly enjoyed the activity and the opportunity to take on a new challenge. They should be very proud of their achievements!”