What does it mean?
"Discovering climbing at the age of 13 has benefitted me in so many ways. I've built confidence and strength, made lifelong friends and had a reason to explore countless beautiful places. In short - climbing is really good for us, both mentally and physically!
Unfortunately, those who would benefit most from the mental and physical challenges of climbing are the ones least likely to experience them. This is due to a significant lack of representation of diverse ethnicities throughout all levels of the sport, combined with a number of barriers to access and many other historical issues. In short - the climbing scene has some work to improve inclusivity of our wonderful sport!" ~ Louis Parkinson
What are we doing?
Our programme, "The Catalyst Change" is an initiative where by we are reaching out to local marginalised communities and charity organisations to create opportunities for introduction to climbing sessions lead by one of our Catalyst Coaches at one of the LCC centres around London. We're also working with these communities and organisations to create regular guided climbing sessions that allow access to our group coaching for climbers who'd love to improve their climbing and enjoy the social aspect indoor climbing gives us.
This initiative allows for up to 10 participants to attend a 60-minute climbing session for free - including gym entry, shoe hire and the session being lead by a Catalyst Coach.
We are aware that when working with different groups, having a broad range of male and female coaches is necessary and we have already been diversifying our team as a whole but also to aid in making this program truly inclusive throughout.
How do you get involved?
We are here to support bringing more people from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic communities into the world of indoor climbing. Whilst we are proactively reaching out, getting in touch to arrange for an introductory climbing session as part of a social community or group outing or even a regular climbing session as part of your activity selection is something we'd love to discuss and bring to life.
How can we get better?
Whilst this is brand new, we're always striving to improve our efforts. Shiggi Pakter, our Diversity Outreach Officer (and Catalyst Climbing Coach) is happy to discuss ways to improve our program so don't hesitate to get in touch with her at the bottom of this page.