On Friday afternoons, eight Farlington students from Years 11 and 12 are taking on the 12-metre climbing wall at High Sports at K2 in Crawley.
As one of their PE options, they are embarking on a 10-week course to learn the basics of climbing and gain a Level 1 Climbing Certificate. They will use the bouldering wall, learn to tie knots, safely belay one another and climb a range of routes.
Poppy Maunder and Emily Saunders from Year 11 say, “The first few weeks have been a very good experience; we have learnt how to handle the ropes and tie proper climbing knots. The facilities and instructors at High Sports are brilliant and very accommodating to all abilities. Each week we climb higher and become more confident in our moves.”
Farlington’s John Dwyer, who takes 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. Good luck to the climbing group this term!”
Report and pictures contributed by Farlington School.