Here at The Hive we recently delivered a partnership project with Active Devon and leisure East Devon .This involved an 8 week rock climbing project at Exmouth Leisure Centre with a group of young people from our Block Club session for young people with special educational needs.
The project was lead by rock climbing instructors who worked with the young people to reach their goals and learn new skills such as speed climbing and backwards climbing!
As well as encouraging young people to be active the project also had many other positive outcomes such as engaging young people in the community. This was beneficial for the group as it enabled them to develop their social skills with both the public and other young people. For example, the young people built relationships with the climbing instructors, developed relationships with friends, made new friends and socialised with other people using the leisure centre facilities. This was a valuable piece of work for the group and as a result of the positive social interaction we hope that young people will feel more confident in social situations and use skills that they have developed such as; appropriate social behaviours, communication skills, conversational skills, friendships skills and dealing with conflict skills.
Other benefits included working on teamwork skills and engaging young people in a new sport. As a result of this project we hope that young people will continue an active hobby like this whether it’s climbing or something else they wish to pursue.