Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and worldwide and will be recognised as an Olympic Sport for the first time in the 2020 Olympics.
Climbing enables children and young adults to learn planning, problem solving and goal setting skills that transfer into the classroom. It can help increase the pupils self-confidence, discipline, attention span, concentration and task focus, which can be especially beneficial to children on the autistic spectrum who often have more sensory needs than other children.
Climbing can be an excellent activity for pupils with mental or physical challenges; it has been shown to improve spatial perception, balance and hand eye coordination.
Climbing and traversing are one of those great sports which challenge the individual to really better themselves. While mainly seen as an individual sport, groups of climbers, young and old, always work together to help each other achieve their goals.
Traversing climbing walls have a high level of safety and the risk of injury is very low, making it an excellent gateway sport for the more nervous or aspiring athletes.
Read some of the reports and studies that discuss the intellectual and physical benefits of climbing:
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