New football pitches, a better gym and
changing rooms are on their way!
Nearly £1.4m is to be spent by Islington Council and
other partners on improving facilities at Sobell Leisure Centre.
Works will start on 20 May and some diversions inside the centre
and to the pathways and car park may be necessary from time to
time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause
Find out more about these exciting improvements.
Climbing is a physically and mentally challenging sport and is a
great way to improve strength and flexibility. At Sobell we have a
range of climbing walls to suit every level.
There is an 8 metre high top roping or leading wall. Features
include an overhang, jamming cracks, arêtes and a chimney. The
competition wall stands at 13 metres - one of the highest walls in
the country. The routes on this wall are up to F8b and changed
regularly. There is a 5 metre bouldering wall over hanging with a
large number of routes suitable for all levels which can be
bouldered or led. The climbing corridor is a traverse wall of brick
and embedded rocks, 25 metres long and 3 metres high. This is
suitable for technique and stamina training with a low level and a
high level traverse.
Outside of schools hours and Monday evenings there is no need to
book for casual use, you can just turn up*. You need to read the safety
information and sign a consent form before you start. You need
to bring your own equipment. There is no restriction on session
length. The last ticket will be sold 30 minutes before closing
|Mondays - Fridays
*During school hours the schools have
priority use on the leading wall and bouldering wall. On Mondays
from 7pm, courses have priority usage. The competition wall is
always available for casual use. The corridor wall is only
available after 7pm weekdays.
Five week long beginner and intermediate courses are run on
Mondays. Spaces are limited to eight participants per course.
Provides an introduction to the sport of rock climbing and the
terminology relating to techniques, equipment and rock faces.
Students are taught:
- about the different types of equipment
- how to move over rocks using the correct body and foot
- a variety of climbing skills and techniques including abseiling
and rope coiling
- how to do the knots for safety harnesses
Provides an introduction to single and multi-pitch lead
climbing. The range of terminology is expanded and students will
become familiar with an extended
range of specialised equipment. Students are taught:
- how to solve technical and strenuous climbing problems
- dynamic moves
- an extended range of skills and techniques
- leading climbs with and without pre-placed protection
- how to use supplementary equipment such as a compass and
Dates in 2013
Adult Beginners (Mondays 7 - 9pm)
|7 January - 4 February
|18 March - 22 April
|17 June - 15 July
|2 September - 30 September
|11 November - 9 December
Adult Intermediate (Mondays 7 - 9pm)
|11 February - 11 March
|29 April - 10 June
|7 October - 4 November
A casual session is £4.50 or £3.50 for members. Courses are £105
for adults or £95 for members.
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