Kids Company is on a mission to provide 4,500 Christmas gifts for the children and young people they support to make their Christmas a happy occasion. Many of these children would otherwise be alone or without food and presents if not for Kids Company. The festive season, far from being happy, for them is a sad time of shame, loneliness and hunger.
Climb Catalunya’s new trip: Nov 30th to 7th Dec 2013
Want to take your climbing to a new level and treat yourself to some winter sun? This trip offers motivated climbers just that opportunity. Aimed at people who feel happy trying to lead 6a or 6b or above (European sports grades) this trip will offer you all the right conditions to push your grade on some of Catalunya's finest rock lines.
The BMC Leading Ladder is a fun lead climbing competition running at 28 UK walls from 2 November 2013 to 23 February 2014. Each participating wall will set ten BMC Leading Ladder routes ranging from F5+ to 8a. You will have two weeks in which to climb these routes. At the end of the series there will be a Grand Final on 22 March 2014. To be considered for the final you must compete in at least two rounds.
There will be four age/gender categories: Female / Male under 16 and Female / Male 16+
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.