Climbing centre reaches new heights to meet demand

Sam Whittaker at the Climbing Works who are spreading out their facilities with additional facilities in a new building

Sam Whittaker at the Climbing Works who are spreading out their facilities with additional facilities in a new building

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An extension to a Sheffield climbing centre will be launched next Tuesday.

After six-and-a-half years of bouldering in Little London Road, The Climbing Works is creating half as much space again to meet demand.

The ‘Mini Works’ is designed to appeal to beginners, youth groups and birthday parties as well as offering training facilities for elite climbers. There will also be yoga classes and physiotherapy and nutritional clinics to complement the climbing lifestyle.

“Sheffield is the heart of the UK climbing scene,” said centre managing director Sam Whittaker. “Climbers from all over the world are attracted to the world class climbing facilities on their door step and the Peak District offering stunning grit stone crags.

“The sheer number of climbers wanting to use our centre has forced us to look into expanding and developing The Climbing Works.”

The opening on Tuesday from 10am will see four generations of climbers display their skills, from 70s and 80s legend Ron Fawcett to students of Tapton School, who come in each week for PE lessons.

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.