Wall needs climbing
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With its footholds, curves, ropes and ledges, this is a wall just begging to be climbed.
And the team behind the £50,000 climbing wall at the Morley Village and Sports Hall can't wait for the official opening of the new facility on May 6.
The 7m-high wall includes 36 routes for climbers to scale and is the only facility of its kind in south Norfolk.
South Norfolk Climbing Club chairman David Eckles said he was delighted with the wall, which the club has built in partnership with the hall.
Mr Eckles said: 'After 12 months of fundraising and planning it's great to see this unique project come to fruition.
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'All the hard work has paid off and thanks to a dedicated team we now have a climbing facility that is beyond our wildest expectations when the idea was first discussed a year ago.'
He added: 'The new climbing wall is truly awesome and we can't wait to share this exciting, social sport with the community.'
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Sports England contributed more than £29,000 to the project and South Norfolk Council added £20,000.
The council's deputy leader, Martin Wilby, said: 'The new wall is a wonderful facility that will encourage people of all ages to have a go at this very exciting sport.'
He added: 'Climbing is a growing sport and is great for all round fitness, flexibility and strength training, as well as being sociable and fun.
'Local facilities such as the SNCC encourage participation in climbing from all ages and abilities and give many people an introduction to a new sport.'
The region's old climbing wall at Wymondham Leisure Centre was scrapped after the council unveiled plans to extend and refurbish the centre.
The new wall will be run by volunteers from the climbing club as well as professional climbing instructors. It will be open initially for three evenings a week.
The wall is due to be opened on May 6 by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, and a public open day will follow on May 7 from 2pm to 7pm.
Entre-Prises Climbing Walls built the wall and it is being sponsored by NHS Organ Donation.
For more information visit www.southnorfolkclimbingclub.co.uk or the club's Facebook page.
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