MP scales new heights to open climbing wall
- Credit: SIMON FINLAY
After 12 months of planning, fundraising and hard work, a climbing wall in south Norfolk has welcomed its first adventurous users.
The 7m-high wall at Morley Village and Sports Hall, near Wymondham, was opened by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman - who even got on his harness and climbing shoes to try out the wall for himself.
With 36 routes for climbers to tackle, the wall fills the void left behind when a climbing wall at Wymondham Leisure Centre was scrapped after South Norfolk Council decided to refurbish the centre.
Mr Freeman praised the facility and those who were involved in getting the wall constructed.
He said: 'This is a great example of what can be achieved by team work between the community, councils and sports clubs. The wall is an opportunity for everybody to prove to themselves that they are capable of anything.
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'It is so lovely to see south Norfolk and a village having a facility like this out here. And who knows, we might even find the next climbing champion.'
Sports England contributed more than £29,000 to the project and South Norfolk Council added £20,000.
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The wall will be run by volunteers from South Norfolk Climbing Club and professional climbing instructors.
Entre-Prises Climbing Walls built the facility and it is being sponsored by NHS Organ Donation.
For more information about the wall visit http://southnorfolkclimbingclub.co.uk/ or the club's Facebook page.