Junior British Lead Climbing Championships heads to Leeds for 2023 edition

Posted by Katy Shilladay on 25/09/2023

The Junior British Lead Climbing Championships are celebrating their first year as a standalone event by heading to Leeds.

Organised by the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) and GB Climbing, the competition has in previous years been held alongside its senior counterpart.

Now the juniors are getting their own place in the sporting spotlight, with their inaugural standalone championships being staged over the weekend of October 14 and 15 at the Big Depot Leeds climbing centre.

The participant registration window for the event is open now and closes at midday on Monday, October 9.

Anyone is welcome to come along and cheer on the competitors, although those planning to attend should be aware that the spectator area will be standing only.

Zoe Spriggins, Competition Programmes Manager at GB Climbing, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Leeds City Council and the wider city to shine a spotlight on junior competition climbing. As a nation we’ve had a really successful year on the international competition scene and through our national calendar of events we are delighted to be able to support the next generation of talent and provide these opportunities for junior athletes to test themselves.

“Having spectators at these events adds an extra level of energy and support for the junior athletes, creating an unforgettable experience in what is for many their debut championships.”

Rik Battye, Centre Manager at Big Depot Leeds, said: “We can’t wait to welcome the next generation of Lead climbers to our centre. What makes this occasion even more special is that it’s taking place during the LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture, which is showcasing our city's rich artistic heritage and vibrant cultural scene. We look forward to welcoming spectators as it provides a fantastic opportunity for everyone to be part of the action.”

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s deputy leader and executive member for economy, culture and education, said: “Leeds has a well-deserved reputation as a great sporting city, with a proud track record of hosting high-profile occasions such as the AJ Bell World Triathlon Championship Series, the Westfield Health British Transplant Games and the Rugby League World Cup.

“It’s really exciting to be able to add the Junior British Lead Climbing Championships to that list, and we look forward to collaborating with the British Mountaineering Council on future events. October’s championships will be a fine way to showcase the city, while also complementing the work that has already been done to celebrate sport and wellbeing during our LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture.”

For further details about the Junior British Lead Climbing Championships, head to our dedicated event page, where you can find everything you need to know to plan your attendance.

Click here to find out about the LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture.

Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates about the Junior British Lead Climbing Championships by following GB Climbing on their social media channels: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


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