People are being urged to show their support and help raise the remaining £75,000 needed to build a climbing centre in Corby.
Corby Climbing Centre will be home to more than 6,000 sqft of bouldering walls, open to the public, and catering for everyone from absolute beginners to advanced climbers.
Bouldering is low level climbing without the use of ropes, with walls surrounded by thick crash mats.
Each wall has a different ‘problem,’ consisting of a series of climbing holds that form a route to the top of the wall.
Climbers then use their strength, problem solving skills and technique to get to the top, with no two routes being the same.
Director Susanne Rees said: “This fantastic sport has seen a massive rise in popularity due to the fact it’s extremely accessible, sociable, and most importantly, it’s fun for everyone.
“It’s also a great way to keep fit with many people using climbing as a new workout.”
The centre will not only provide a public facility for all ages and abilities, but it will also be reinvesting it’s profits back to offer social programmes to a wider population, invest in grassroots paraclimbing and support community events.
The organisation behind the community project is Northamptonshire-based, award-winning social enterprise, iDID Adventure, who use adventure sports as a platform to improve physical and mental health among marginalised individuals.
This centre is iDID’s business development project that will allow them to become financially sustainable.
Susanne added: “Through our work, we’ve already helped countless young people to improve their well-being but we want to do so much more.
“This climbing centre is an opportunity to bring something amazing to Corby.
“People will be able to go and have a climb knowing their money is going back into the community.”
Over the past year, iDID’s team of experts have worked tirelessly, volunteering their time, expertise and money to get this right so they have the best chance of launching the facility in Corby.
Now they are turning to crowdfunding to give people an opportunity to get involved, give back to the community and be part of the project.
Director of business development, Gerard Scully, said: “Crowdfunding is a fantastic way for the whole community to get involved.
“It works by asking the public to contribute to the project, in return they can claim a range of rewards from as little as £10.
“We can’t do this without the support of local people and local businesses, so we really want to see our community getting on board.”
They are now asking the community to help as iDID has just weeks to raise the last £75,000 they need to build the centre.
You can pledge as little as £10 via the crowdfunding website.
If you want to see the climbing centre come to Corby, you can pledge your support at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/corby-climbing-centre.
For more details go to https://www.facebook.com/corbyclimbingcentre or https://twitter.com/corbyclimbing.