YMCA Thames Gateway

Romford YMCA Indoor Climbing Centre

Convert one of our currently under used squash courts into an indoor climbing centre, which will offer a new sport to our current members and will encourage new members to our centre.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Over recent years the number of squash players we have as members has been dropping and with that the income we receive from squash. This has now got to such a level that it is not economical to keep 2 squash courts open so we decided to investigate alternative uses for the space. We took into account the impact on members, potential income levels and initial investment and the best project was to install a climbing centre into the space of the old court. The climbing centre will bring many benefits to the YMCA, it will add another sport to our portfolio allowing our current members to participate in a new and growing sport, and it will attract new members to our association allowing us to grow income over the long term. Indoor climbing is accessible to all age groups, from school age children up to people aged 50+ and so will compliment many areas of our work. We will work closely with local schools and will give dedicated time slots for schools to use the climbing walls, and will work the local PCT to help reduce childhood obesity and encourage people to get fit by doing new sports. We estimate that 30 people per day will use the facility, which is over 10,000 sessions per year. The project costs are estimated at £50,000. This includes the structural build costs, equipment costs, marketing, staff training, and instructor fees for the first year.