Climb Newcastle News: These girls definitely can

Climb Newcastle News

We're kicking off another round of climbing sessions with This Girl Can tonight for beginners, following on from the success of courses this Spring...

Female climbing continues to rise at Climb Newcastle, and has been boosted by some big initiatives, working with Suzan's coaching persona, Upgrade Climbing, to bring new climbers into the sport.

In the Spring we teamed up with Suzan for two courses organised with Sportivate and This Girl Can. The courses were a brilliant success, with all of the participants completing the sessions and having brilliant fun along the way.

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The percentage of new climbers who are female has grown steadily since our opening in 2008, when climbing appears to have been a male dominated sport.

The focus of the sessions was on basic movement skills and climbing techniques, enjoyment of movement, meeting new people, improving general fitness and learning to use the climbing centre on your own.

Tonight This Girl Can kick off another set of sessions aimed at beginners tonight, with more sessions in the coming weeks. If you are interested in getting started then contact Jodi Kean (

What did the participants of the last courses think? Let's ask them...

With no previous climbing experience I learnt the fundamentals of bouldering which was expertly taught by brilliant coach Suzan! Loved it, highly recommended!
-- Kat

I really enjoyed the beginners course; great teaching, great girls, great laughs! I was able to learn new skills, stay active and have an awesome time doing it. I can't wait to get back on the wall!
-- Becky

The coaches were amazing and I felt myself improving week by week and doing things I never thought I’d be able to! We had loads of fun and I would sign up to another course 100%!"
-- Rhian

As someone who doesn’t do as much exercise as I probably should, it’s been amazing to discover and learn a sport I now love! The instructors were all really passionate, helpful, and offered great advice and support throughout the course. It’s been lots of fun and I’m really excited to keep on climbing!"
-- Beccy

I absolutely loved the girls beginner climbing course! I met some amazing people during the six weeks. I learnt so much from Suzan and Abi, who were so friendly, skilled and brilliant coaches ! It inspired me to take up climbing regularly and made me realise that I'm capable of much more than I thought I was!
-- Josie

I absolutely loved the beginners climbing course. I was a little nervous about going on my own but the nerves soon disappeared when I realised how friendly the instructors and other beginners were! The instructors were excellent. As a teacher, I can be a little fussy about being taught but I couldn't fault the sessions!