Wembley National Stadium Trust Chairman, Lord Toby Harris, was delighted to visit JFS School to see the school’s brand new climbing wall, which was partly funded through a grant of £25,000 made by the Trust.
This state-of-the-art facility is installed at one end of the school’s sports hall and features climbing routes of various difficulty from beginner to expert. It is possible to modify the routes over time and also includes a retractable slope which makes it fully accessible to those of all abilities. Specialist training has enabled staff at the school to become certified climbing instructors, qualified to supervise groups of young climbers.
During the visit, which was also attended by WNST Trustee Nick Bitel and Chief Executive Stewart Goshawk, several groups of JFS pupils ranging from Year 7’s up to Sixth Formers, were using the wall and showing off their abilities. As well as learning to climb, the pupils have also found that climbing helps to build confidence and develop skills such as teamwork and communication.
Many thanks to JFS School and Headteacher Mr Jonathan Miller for welcoming us.