Free floorwalking workshops 16 and 23 March: The ABC has set up two online workshops for wall staff as they get ready to reopen their doors. The workshops can be booked here. A big thanks to all involved in running these sessions and supporting the industry as it reopens: ABC, the BMC, Mountaineering Ireland, ClimbScotland, and the experts running the sessions Joby Davis, Alan Halewood and Pete Nellist whose names you may recognise -all being members of our NICAS Coach Development Team!

Supporting walls to reopen: The ABC has taken a lead in representing climbing walls to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Richard Emerson presented information to a recent commmittee to give evidence on the impact of covid on climbing walls and to provide suggestions on how these can be addressed. Watch it here. Following this, a letter template was shared with ABC members to send to their MPs, in order to support the suggestions.

The ABC has also been working to support walls with insurance claims. If you're an ABC member you should have received details about this. For more information and to see what help is on offer, please contact the ABC directly.

United We Climb: The United We Climb team are currently doing some research around diversity and inclusion amongst the UK Climbing community. For part of this research they are carrying out a survey. The aim of this is to:
  • Better understand our community
  • Learn how to better serve those who are currently underrepresented in climbing
  • Make progress towards our ultimate goal of putting equity at the heart of our industry and community.
Full details on their blog post.

Women's Climbing Symposium: This popular annual event went online this year. Some great zoom sessions have been held and more are scheduled, have a look at their website for what's on offer.

Sport England strategy: Sport England released its latest strategy in January 2021. Take a look here. "Helping grassroots sport and physical activity recover from the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and investing in tackling the challenges of the next decade are the cornerstones of our new 10-year strategy. Launching via an online event on Tuesday 26 January, Uniting the Movement runs through to 2031 but is most immediately focused on helping the people and organisations delivering grassroots sport and physical activity to cope with the pressure of the pandemic."

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