Deaf climbing to get a lease of life!
iDID Adventure is crowdfunding to build a climbing centre in Corby. You can make this happen by pledging your support!
For the past 3 years, iDID has been at the forefront of access to adventure sports for deaf people, particularly rock climbing. Now iDID want to do more to make sure deaf people have quality pathways from grassroots access to competitive opportunities.
Director Of iDID Adventure, Susanne Rees, is deaf herself and became frustrated with the lack of awareness, access, and opportunities in the sport. As a keen climber, she wanted to overcome these barriers so she set up iDID Adventure. Since launching, iDID has run countless events for deaf and hard of hearing individuals of all ages and abilities to take part in rock climbing. The team were also the first in the UK to develop an alternative communication method specific to a climbing context to improve accessibility for deaf climbers.
Now iDID are aiming to become financially self-sustainable by building an indoor bouldering centre in Corby, Northamptonshire. Their current work is funded through small grants and training provisions but director Susanne Rees says it’s not enough. She added,
“Through our work, we’ve already helped countless young people to access climbing, particularly through our Sign Climb System and inclusive programmes, but we want to do so much more. Our demand is far exceeding our capabilities, it’s frustrating to be limited financially. This climbing centre will offer an opportunity to bring something amazing to Corby and help fund some of our work.”
The Corby Climbing Centre will be home to over 6000 sqft of bouldering walls, open to the public, and catering for absolute beginners and advanced climbers alike. Bouldering is low level climbing without the use of ropes, with walls surrounded by thick crash mats. Each wall has a different ‘problem’ (a series of climbing holds that form a route to the top of the wall). Climbers then use their strength, problem solving skills, and technique to get to the top. No two routes are the same. Director, Susanne Rees says,
“This fantastic sport has seen a massive rise in popularity due to the fact it’s extremely accessible, sociable, and most importantly… it’s fun for everyone! It’s also a great way to keep fit with many people using climbing as a new workout”.
The centre will not only provide a public facility for all ages and abilities, but it will also be reinvesting it’s profits back into the community, funding vital work in deaf climbing will be paramount to improving opportunities for deaf people in the UK.
Over the last year, iDID’s team of experts have worked tirelessly, volunteering their time, expertise, and money to get this right so they have the best chance of launching this facility in Corby. Now they are turning to crowdfunding to give people an opportunity to get involved and give back to the community. Director of Business Development, Gerard Scully, said,
“Crowdfunding is a fantastic way for the whole community to get involved. It works by asking the public to contribute to the project, in return they can claim a range of rewards from as little as £10. We can’t do this without our supporters, so we really want to see our community getting on board.”
Now they are reaching out to the community. iDID now just have weeks to raise the last £75,000 they need to build the centre. Crowdfunder is the No. 1 platform for crowdfunding in the UK, the support has already been flooding in.
You can pledge as little as £10 and there are a huge amount of rewards on offer for you too. If you want to see this facility come to Corby, go and pledge your support at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/corby-climbing-centre.
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