Climbing new heights in Chorley

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Chorley schools have been enjoying an exciting new addition to the SPAR Lancashire School Games programme, exploring the challenges and benefits of speed climbing.

Three schools attended a dedicated event, which was held at St Michaels Church of England High School and designed to provide pupils with an opportunity to try their hand at climbing, whilst promoting the sport to local teachers.

3 high schools from Chorley took part; St Michael’s Church of England High School, Holy Cross Catholic High School and Parklands Academy.

The challenge was to climb to the top of the wall as quickly as possible, following a set route and if pupils deviated from the route, a 10 second penalty was implemented with 4 routes set out for the children to follow.

Gemma Stokes, Lancashire school games organiser for Chorley said: “I am thrilled that schools were keen to try speed climbing and we have already made plans for next year, with the hope that more schools will be willing to try the sport, and try their hand at bouldering.

“On this occasion, we took the best time for each route from all three schools and then added them together to give us a final total. St Michael’s Church of England High School won this total, with Parklands Academy coming second, and Holy Cross Catholic High School third.”

As winners of the event, St Michael’s Church of England will now progress to the SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals at Stanley Park, Blackpool.

Mr Kennedy, PE Teacher at St Michael’s Church of England High School said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are really looking forward to the challenge of competing at Blackpool.

“The climbing wall is much higher than the children are used to and the competition will also involve bouldering, so we are looking forward to lots of practising!”

Gemma added: “I am looking forward to seeing speed climbing and bouldering develop further within Chorley schools.”

Parklands Academy

St Michaels Church of England High School

Parklands Academy, Church of England High School, Holy Cross Catholic High School