As a local resident I've been closely following a campaign for a "world class extreme sports centre" being proposed for Macclesfield. The proposal is to build a centre similar to the XC at Hemel Hempstead with faciliteis for "Skating, Scooting, BMX,Climbing, Bouldering, Caving, High Ropes and much much more" close to the centre of town. In principle it's a great idea, both for Macclesfield and for the outdoor community. The facilities at XC are stunning and it makes sense in a lot of ways to replicate them in "the north".
Geographically you can see there's definite similarities between Hemel Hempstead and Macclesfield in terms of their proximity to major cities, one being 26 miles from London and the other being 19.5 miles from Manchester. The proposed redevelopment of Macclesfield town centre gives a perfect opportunity to build the facility and a campaign on Facebook has attracted 3,841 "likes". All in all a great idea that seems to be gathering public support, but it does throw up a few questions.
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Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports are getting behind the This Girl Can campaign and inspired by International Women's Day are offering FREE climbing and ice climbing taster sessions on Sunday 8th March. Exclusively for girls and women aged 6+ (14+ on the Ice Wall) they want you to take your first steps into experiencing the exhilarating sport of climbing and ice climbing at Milton Keynes, Castleford or Manchester.
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Young climbers from across Scotland are being urged to go for gold in the year’s first major climbing competition.
Even though the first round of the Youth Climbing Series 2015 has taken place, new contestants in some categories can still take part with a chance of winning through to the UK and Ireland finals.
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