Rock climbing

The Basildon Sporting Village climbing wall will be back

A RENOVATED climbing wall returns to a popular sports complex after a two-year hiatus.

Climbers will get their first glimpse of the upgraded wall when it officially opens at Basildon Sporting Village next month.

Service provider Rock Hub will manage and operate the climbing wall and has committed to making changes every four weeks to provide variety for experienced customers.

The Sports Village’s former climbing wall was closed when the pandemic hit in 2020 and has not reopened due to concerns about social distancing and other Covid restrictions.

Bosses say the new additions to the wall will include training equipment, such as campus signs.

Jeff Henry, Recreation Advisor, said, “It’s great, it’s a confidence boost for people and it’s helping to improve public health.

“We’ve been through lockdown, and that’s part of getting back to normal.

“We are very happy to return equipment and activities that were very popular before the pandemic and will continue to be so long after.”

The wall will officially open on Saturday October 1, with famous British climber Neil Gresham set to make an appearance.

An initiation session will take place the next day to try to attract new climbers.

The climbing wall will offer a range of courses from adult beginners and evening socials, to refreshers and kids’ clubs.

“This relaunch weekend will be an exciting way to kick off the long-awaited return of Basildon Sporting Village’s popular rock climbing wall,” Mr Henry continued.

“We are delighted to see the wall return, to offer our adventurous residents a quality site to climb within our borough.

Shaun Beagle, regional contracts manager at Everyone Active, which runs the Basildon Sporting Village, added: “It will be a fun weekend for all climbers.

“There has been a real buzz around the wall that has been building in the center for the past few weeks.

“Neil Gresham is well established in the climbing world, so we’re sure Rock Hub will see a lot of interest in his sessions.”