BMC approves first National Performance Centre

Posted by Tony Ryan on 05/09/2013
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Awesome Walls Sheffield is the first climbing wall in England & Wales to be designated as a National Performance Centre, and is due to open in late September.

The BMC established the National Performance Centre (NPC) designation in 2012 to encourage the development of climbing walls capable of running national and international competitions.

NPCs can be dedicated lead walls or dedicated bouldering walls or a combination. Awesome Walls Sheffield will offer both lead climbing and bouldering, but it is the main competition lead wall that has enabled the centre to meet the criteria for NPC designation.

The main wall has been designed with competitions and spectators in mind. There is no other wall in England that matches the main wall for height and steepness, being 15 metres in height, overhanging by 12.5 metres and 23 metres in length. It's planned to always keep this area set with hard routes. On the steepest section the grades range will be from 7a+ to 9a. The competition area also includes a 'speed wall'.

NPCs will be flagship facilities in British climbing and operators will work closely with the BMC and the GB Climbing Team to run the facility not only as a successful climbing centre but also as a high standard competition climbing venue. NPCs will also have an important role in providing training facilities for GB Team members and top-end climbers.

Dave Douglas, Managing Director of Awesome Walls said: "I feel proud and honoured to be able to operate the first National Performance Centre and I will endeavour to help the BMC and its values in any way feasibly possible."

The BMC welcomes applications from climbing wall facilities that wish to be considered for NPC designation. The application process is open to any facility in England or Wales, and there is no limit on the number of NPCs that could exist. Facilities must be located in areas with a high population of climbers and well-situated for running major events, with good access to major transport links and public transport services, and with sufficient car parking and facility capacity to cater for major competition events involving large numbers of competitors, volunteers and spectators.

View the eligibility criteria for National Performance Centre designation

Awesome Walls Sheffield will be the fifth member of the Awesome Walls family, following in the footsteps of Liverpool, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent and Dublin. For more information, visit the Awesome Walls website



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Anonymous User
05/09/2013
Mmm. So us mere mortals who can't climb 7a+ and beyond won't be able to climb on the competition wall then!
Anonymous User
05/09/2013
Does Eica not qualify for NPC
Anonymous User
05/09/2013
Does Eica not qualify for NPC
06/09/2013
EICA is in Scotland and teh National Performance Centre status is only for walls in England and Wales.

Cheers
Rob Adie
Anonymous User
06/09/2013
Will there be a speed climbing wall. From the photos and the fact the British speed comp is in October I assume yes, but will it be available to train on regularly?
06/09/2013
Yes there is a speed wall, and there should be at least one of the speed lines set up so that climbers can train on a regular basis on it.

Cheers

Rob
Anonymous User
07/09/2013
The colour scheme looks really outdated. They should have spent a few hundred pounds employing a good graphic design company. Great wall spoiled.
09/09/2013
Re- The colour scheme

This is just an early artist impression and not the final colour scheme.

Thanks for your interest.

Dave Douglas
Managing Director
Awesome Walls Climbing Centres Ltd

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