A climbing wall has been revived and relaunched by Enfield Council, offering a fun sporting activity and potential for accredited training for young people.

The council’s youth development service has reinstated the wall at Unity Hub in Craig Park, Edmonton, and staff have been trained by experts to deliver the free climbing wall sessions twice a week for up to 12 young people per session.

The next target is to become an accredited centre to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (levels 1 to 5) to young people. This will further empower young people to develop their skills and abilities both as individuals and as part of a team and to open opportunities to a career as a climbing wall instructor.

Enfield Independent:

Councillor Rick Jewell visited the climbing wall along with fellow Enfield Cabinet member Cllr Ergin Erbil on June 12.

Cllr Jewell said: "Enfield Council’s team has done a magnificent job in bringing back this activity for young people. You can see how this will positively impact their well-being and fitness and also help to build their confidence and self-esteem. A positive activity such as wall climbing also helps to develop social interactions and team problem solving skills.

"Ultimately this will benefit these young people to meet their full potential socially and in a wider context in education, training and employment. I look forward to seeing the next phase of the centre’s development, where it can start to offer structured climbing assessments."

Enfield Independent:

Previously, the climbing wall was administered by an external provider but it has now been brought in-house. Staff members were given training over a three-month period to ensure they are fully competent and can deliver a safe service.