The Castle’s Squad offers specialist training for elite young climbers training to compete in regional, national and international competitions. The Competition Squad trains three times a week at The Castle. Launched by 3x national champion Audrey Seguy, the Squad has made great progress since it started in 2009. Key achievements include: having a member selected for the British Junior Climbing Team, competing in the national championships and qualifying for the national finals of the BMC Youth Competition Series.
To be eligible for selection, climbers must be at least 10 years old and know how to lead climb and belay competently. Climbers must take part in the Comp Squad Trials held at The Castle in July. As a guideline, girls should be lead climbing (on-sight) around 6b and boys should be on-sighting around 6c+.
Head Coach: Juan Avendano (firstname.lastname@example.org) Junior Coach: Grace Spence-Green Coaching Team: Audrey Seguy, Ben Levey, Chellie Carroll, Jamie Ashman, Olly Archer Parent Reps: Khaled Qaswri, Nick Pope
Grace Spence-Green (Junior Coach)
Jim Pope (captain)
with Andy Kirkpatrick Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May
If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.
Monday 5th April 12pm to 6pm - Castle Garden Fete
Explore the Castle’s open garden and meet local projects and practitioners who will be hosting activities for everyone. Plus cob fired pizza and drinks on sale from the Castle's roundhouse from mid-afternoon.
Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?
• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange! • Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch. • Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.
For more information, please take a look at our Garden page