Parthian Climbing Announces a New 25,000 sq ft Indoor Climbing Centre for Southampton in 2021

Construction is underway in the city of Southampton for a new state-of-the-art indoor climbing centre offering 25,000 square feet of world-class climbing. As its centrepiece Parthian Climbing Southampton will house a carbon copy of the Olympic bouldering wall that will feature at the 2021 Tokyo Games. This will be the only wall of its kind in Europe ahead of next Summer’s Olympics.

Designed and built by the official Olympic climbing wall supplier Entre-Prises, the centre will include extensive climbing walls allowing visitors to enjoy bouldering, roped climbing; both top rope and lead; auto-belays, and even the new Olympic discipline of Speed Climbing where climbers can duel against each other in a race to the top. For those in need of a mid-climb pit stop to refuel, the centre will also have a cafe and shop stocked with the latest gear.

Whilst experienced climbers can leap straight onto the brand new facilities, those taking their first steps into the sport will be able to access expert instruction and coaching from some of the most qualified and experienced instructors in the UK. Parthian Climbing Southampton builds upon a long legacy of nurturing climbers to develop in the sport, with all ages able to access the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) within a passionate and inclusive environment at Parthian Climbing’s existing centres in Manchester, Reading and Harrogate.

Parthian Climbing is the new brand name for the Climbing Centre Group who have been enabling climbing for everyone since 2005 and the Southampton site will offer cutting edge facilities for a new generation of climbers in the region.

CEO of Parthian Climbing, John Dunne says: “We are hugely excited to share news of our new Parthian Climbing venture that brings together our existing centres with a new state-of-the-art venue in Southampton. Our team is passionate about all elements of climbing and look forward to welcoming new and experienced climbers to enjoy our new centre at Adanac Park.”

Steve Hilton, Director of Entre-Prises UK says: “The Climbing Centre Group has led the way for full service climbing walls for nearly two decades and we are delighted to be working with John and the team in creating the most exciting climbing project in the UK as they enter a new chapter with Parthian Climbing. It is a really exciting time for Entre-Prises with our walls featuring at the upcoming Olympics and we are proud to bring some of the magic of the world’s biggest sporting event to the UK.”

Indoor climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK over recent years due to its ease of accessibility and friendly and inclusive climbing community.

All Parthian Climbing centres comply with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. The venues are spacious, well-ventilated with extensive hygiene measures to ensure participant wellbeing.

The centre is expected to open its doors to customers in Spring 2021 and will be recruiting now to fill new job positions. Those interested can find out more information at www.parthianclimbing.com.

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Notes to Editors

Parthian Climbing is the new brand name for climbing centres located across the UK in Manchester, Harrogate, Reading and from next year Southampton. Previously grouped under the banner of the Climbing Centre Group, Parthian Climbing provides best in class facilities to climbers of all abilities. A new website with full details of services will be available later this year.

Entre-Prises is a pioneer in the climbing wall industry, designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke solutions for the sport of climbing throughout the world. From school walls to complex structures for international competitions by way of military training walls, fun climbing structures, and artificial caves, EP solutions cater for every environment, every climber, and every climbing discipline. For more information https://entre-prises.com/en/.

Climbing in Olympics
Sport Climbing will make its debut at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games alongside Surfing, Karate, Skateboarding and Baseball/Softball. Competitors will be tested in a combined format of lead climbing, speed climbing and bouldering on a specially constructed artificial wall.

Speed Climbing Two climbers go head to head in the fastest time up a fixed route on a 15 metre wall. A false start means instant qualification.

Lead Climbing Secured by a rope, climbers tackle a 15 metre overhanging route with the aim of gaining the highest point within a six minute time limit.

Bouldering Climbing without ropes above crash mats, competitors are challenged to solve a set number of boulder problems. The climber who solves the boulder problem in the least number of attempts wins.

Climbing Popularity in UK
According to the Active Lives Survey which measures the fitness activities of the nation and is carried out by Sport England biannually, nearly 1 million people (935,000) tried indoor climbing or bouldering in 2019. The sport has seen significant increase in its participation since it began being recorded in 2017 (850,000). For comparison this is just below other Olympic sports such as Netball (940,000) and above Hockey (386,000) showcasing its popularity.