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Castle Comp Squad captain, Jim Pope, has won Hackney's U16 Sports Person of the Year. The award recognises an individual who has had outstanding success/achievements within their chosen sport. In addition to objective success, nominees must also have made a significant impact on sport in Hackney, be a role model, have exceeded expectations in their performance and made a significant difference to a team. Over the last two years, Jim has undoubtedly met all these criteria and we congratulate him on receiving this well-deserved award!

In 2009, when we embarked on our mission to reduce our environmental impact, the first thing we did was take stock and try to measure what our impact actually was. We used 2008 as our 'base year' from which we will measure our progress. Putting together the data for the report was a mammoth task involving digging up old invoices, researching methodologies, choosing conversion factors and trying to remember what the heck we'd done the previous year. That first report highlighted the key areas of impact and we developed our Sustainability Policy and Goals.

Hi there!  It's coming to that time of year again...

Our Castle Garden bonfire this year is on Sunday, November 3rd.  Join us in the garden from 2pm to help tidy the garden and build the bonfire and wickerman.  We will light up the bonfire around 4pm.  There will be cob fired pizzas on sale in the roundhouse.

Hope to see you there!

The Castle Garden Team

P.S. This event is weather dependant.  If it's looking really bad, we may need to postpone the event. Please check the website the day before just to be sure.

The GB junior bouldering team has ended the season on an all-time high, with team captain Nathan Phillips winning gold at the European Youth Cup (EYC) in Laval, France on Saturday 12 October.

In July, the 19-year-old from Holmfirth, now ranked second in the world, became the first-ever junior Brit to get a podium place in a European youth bouldering event, coming third place in L’Argentiere.

The student climbing wall safety seminar which the Castle ran at the end of September was a good success, attracting student leaders from University College London and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, giving us a chance to pass on effective teaching techniques to those who will be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre. It also provided the students with a perfect opportunity to speak to the Castle Management and raise any issues they have regarding the centre.

 

The Castle has always been committed to development and research especially when it comes to climbing and facilities. In the name of research in the past years we have travelled to France to participate and network in  international events, toured all over the UK visiting the latest walls, and climbed around the country to get a feel for grading and styles. These trips have always been productive: we learnt a lot from others and took steps to implement changes as a result.

Growing Communities, a Hackney-based social enterprise has won the Veg and Fruit Category at the Soil Association Organic Food awards. Food is grown in a 'patchwork farm' - a series of microsites around London, of which The Castle is one of the first.

The Castle are hosting a climbing wall safety seminar aimed at student climbing club leaders who are going to be supervising and teaching new climbers in the centre, once the new academic year begins. Although the seminar is aimed at students, anyone with an interest in supervising novice climbers is welcome to attend. The first session will be run by The Castle's Managing Director, Audrey Seguy.

What is it? A two hour workshop for student club leaders who are going to be teaching/supervising new climbers.

The world’s best paraclimbers are set to compete at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Paraclimbing Cup in London this weekend (21-22 September).  The competition is being organised by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and will be held at the Westway Climbing Centre.

Meet our new staff member!

The Castle is proud to support YES Outdoors, a charity that engages with at risk youth through adventure based mentoring (including climbing). The climbing team is led by Castle climber Sergeant Tony Quinn and he is leading the charge to recruit new volunteers to work with young people on a one-to-one basis. All volunteers will receive formal training.

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