Giggleswick School has praised the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to programme Sports Climbing for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The School, which saw pupils return from a climbing trip in The Alps earlier this summer, and has over 34 crags within a 10km radius, is well known for its commitment to the sport and has had Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Scheme Status since 2004.
Head of Outdoor Pursuits, Chris Wright, said of the announcement
I hope this will encourage more young people to take up climbing. It doesn’t just have massive health benefits but it improves confidence, makes a person more resilient both physically and mentally and allows you to see parts of the world that would never be seen without the ability to climb to certain viewpoints. The vote by the Organising Committees was unanimous, who were looking for both established and emerging youth-focused sports.
The School is close to Giggleswick South Crag which is regarded as one of the best sports climbing venues in the UK, with 260 climbing routes. It is currently fundraising for an indoor climbing wall, which, if successful, will also be open for public use.
Giggleswick School staff and pupils on a climbing trip to The Alps in July 2016
Archie Hancock (Lower Sixth) climbing a glacier during the School Alps trip 2016