Clip 'n Climb 2024

On 5 March, the Rotary Club of Felixstowe enabled some 40 junior school children from the Felixstowe area to take up the challenge of the climbing wall. (Photos Bushfire Photography.)

Another great event in our Youth Development Programme

On 5 March, the Rotary Club of Felixstowe enabled some 40 junior school children from the Felixstowe area to take up the challenge of the climbing wall. A big thank you to Clip ‘n Climb for their joint sponsorship and to the staff at the Ipswich centre who were so supportive of the children.

Many of the children had not experienced this kind of activity before, but you could see their confidence grow in just half an hour of being in the climbing arena. The look of pride on their faces when they completed a climb was wonderful to watch. 

The event was fully inclusive and gave so many a chance to enjoy the activity and blossom. Some of the children were going through difficult times, but nevertheless they were challenging and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone and the interaction with their peers was a joy to see. 

Some of the teachers mentioned that places had been offered to the children for good behaviour, which was a great incentive, whilst others were selected to help improve their emotions and develop new life experiences. For many of the children (as one of the teachers explained) the chance to experience Clip ‘n Climb was compared with the excitement of the countdown to Christmas…

At the start of the session the children didn’t say boo to a goose, but by the end they were full of enthusiasm, telling me which climb they liked best, how they managed to climb higher each time and how much they wanted to do it again!

Once excited boy said, ‘I have never been to Clip ‘n Climb before, but I have wanted to come forever - I really, really, really loved it!’

Whilst most of us as adults probably take for granted that Clip ‘n Climb is just a fun activity (which of course it is), it is so much more than this. With so many of these children going through some tough times, learning new life changing skills and improving their confidence is in invaluable. The whole experience goes so much further than you think, which is why this plays such an important part in our Youth Development Programme. 

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Youth Development

back Thanks to Andrew Rowdon, Youth Development lead, we have an established programme including Community Cup with ITFC, Climbing with Clip ‘n Climb, and Kids Kitchen with the Yeo Group. Fun, but also an opportunity to build confidence in a new environment.