Wales’ 1st bouldering-only centre to open

Posted by Rob Adie on 20/10/2010

The first dedicated bouldering facility in Wales will open its doors to the public on Saturday, November 6.

The Climbing Station is opening in a 9,000 sq ft dedicated facility at Rizla House on Treforest Industrial Estate in Pontypridd.

Bouldering at the Climbing Station will take place on purpose-built climbing walls that are suitable for all abilities regardless of age, weight, and height or fitness level. The floor will be covered in safety matting and the brightly coloured walls will allow individuals or families to enjoy a whole new adventure experience together.

As a result, the indoor facilities at The Climbing Station will be perfect for anyone planning a first taste of climbing, or others who want to improve or perfect their skills.

The facility is the brainchild of Matthew Perrott, 27, from Pontypridd, who has 10 years’ indoor and outdoor climbing experience and extensive management knowledge of the climbing centre industry.

Matthew brings unique skills to the company with expertise in many areas, including climbing wall design and construction, and nationally-recognised climbing and outdoor activity qualifications. He is also a member of the British Mountaineering Council.

The new business will create five permanent jobs in its first year with additional jobs being created in its second and third year.

Matthew explained that the sport is becoming more and more popular in the UK.

“The number of people taking up climbing in the UK has been steadily increasing for years with more and more people taking up this fun, adventurous sport,” he said.

“With the growth of a new form of climbing, bouldering-only venues are becoming more and more popular, with many opening in England and Scotland over the past few years. Climbing Station will be the first of its kind for the people of Wales."

“The Climbing Station will offer facilities that will match any others in the UK and give individuals, families, corporate groups and local authorities the chance to see for themselves how bouldering can improve fitness, build teamwork, and give both adults and children a chance to try their hand at a new pastime in a safe and welcoming environment."

“And bouldering has an additional advantage because it does not require expensive equipment or a partner to enjoy the sport.”

To find out more about the Climbing Station visit www.climbingstation.co.uk, see the Facebook page ‘Climbing Station Wales’, go to @climbingstation on Twitter, or call 01443 843623.

Ends

For more information or to organise a press visit, call
Neil Gibson at NGPRon 07817 965486.

NOTES:
After opening The Climbing Centre will offer corporate and personal membership, group bouldering sessions, adult and junior entry, 12-month and three-month passes, introduction sessions, children’s sessions, children’s bouldering birthday parties, master classes, family fun sessions and equipment hire.

The Climbing Centre will be the only venue of its kind in Wales and will be of a design and difficulty that will encourage visitors from both England and Wales to visit regularly.

The centre it just eight miles north of Cardiff city centre and has excellent transport links on bus, train and via car. There is ample parking space.

 



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