By transforming our balcony space into a bouldering room we aim to attract both those who have never climbed before, of any age, to experienced climbers.
Bouldering is low level climbing made safe by thick foam matting that makes it possible to push your limits and build skills and strength. Unlike traditional climbing, it does not require either ropes or supervision.
Its challenge is not in height but in design. It requires very little specialist equipment, but still provides a physical and mental workout - appealing to girls also by combining agility and flexibility with strength and muscle tone.
Anyone can come along and give it a go without the barriers to entry that exist for traditional climbing. That said, it offers a ‘way in’ to traditional climbing, encouraging people who might be otherwise intimidated, to have a go, and then progress.
Being close to Exmoor, the opportunities for progression are great but there's no easy way to get started - we want to provide that.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
It will really enhance the offering at Minehead EYE, providing another great sport for young people and their families to come along and get involved in.
Bouldering builds strength, agility, confidence and perseverance and is a great way for people to gain access to the challenging outdoor sport of climbing, which the rugged terrain of Exmoor offers in abundance.
By giving us another string to our bow, it will also help to support the ongoing sustainability of our social enterprise and enable us to keep providing a place to go and things to do for young people across West Somerset and beyond. It will meet the needs of our users and provide income from tourists to enable us to keep subsidising local kids to be able to take on new challenges and enjoy new sports and activities.
Steps to get it done:
Please support us!
We enter everyone who donates anything at all into a prize draw to win a year's free bouldering!
We will give everyone who donates at least £10 a free bouldering session for 2 people once we are up and running!
We will give anyone who donates at least £100 a fantabulous bouldering party for you and 10 mates!
We will give anyone who donates £1000 free bouldering for life (of the room at least!) and our eternal gratitude!
Please note that we will be unable to send rewards to anyone who donates 'anonymously' so make sure you let us know who you are when you donate!
About the space
Rebuilding of the balcony space at MEYE
West Somerset Council