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Climbing for Confidence
There is emerging evidence of the positive effect climbing can have on mental health. Mindfulness, resilience and physical activation are all present in the sport. Climbing forces you to think about the present moment as opposed to reflecting on feelings from the day or stressful thoughts. In addition, it offers social connectivity and opportunities to gain an immediate sense of accomplishment.
‘Climbing for Confidence’ is a climbing programme for years 4 and 5, aimed at children that lack confidence, struggle with relationships / trust and are facing challenges in their life.
The aim is to give children a chance to try a new activity in a different environment, providing a new challenge.
We had 14 schools with nearly 100 children that attended the sessions that we ran in November 2019.
We asked the young people questions before and after the session:
96% children said they were pleased they took part
92% participants said they were proud of something they had done
88% said they felt brave when they were climbing
95% said they would like to climb again
The children really enjoyed the session, with all of them saying only positive things and that they would like to back again! Two of our students really benefited from the sessions. One who got to the top but had the support of others cheering her on (often feels isolated so was nice to feel support from peers) and another who couldn’t get up the wall to start but got to half way so it built huge amounts of confidence for her!Holmer CE Academy