On Monday 9th September 2019, we started building a brand new facility at Abernethy Barcaple, designed to improve our guest experience, build links with the local community and get more young people active!
This indoor sports area will have courts for basketball, badminton, volleyball and a climbing wall, which will be Dumfries & Galloway's first and only indoor climbing venue! Not only will it provide a rainy day option for groups, it’ll be open to the region’s youth and tourists in the region allowing us to increase the scope of the positive impact we are already making in our local community (and throughout southern Scotland and northern England).
Rockworks will be conducting the climbing wall side of the project. The plan at present is that this will be installed in the New Year and it should all be up and running by the end of February. The construction of the sports hall and showers and toilets are expected to be completed by the end of the year. Watch this space for the opening celebration, thanking our funders and the companies used.
Although we have secured some grant funding we still have a shortfall that needs to be met. If you feel able to make a contribution to this exciting development please contact us or give online: www.give.net/BarcapleSportsBarn.
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Barcaple Operations Director, Andy Wade says, "The Sports Barn is hugely valuable: it will help us to promote climbing skills, enable access to the local community and help keep young people active in all weathers."
Teacher, Lesley Munro, Depute Head of Crombie Primary School says, “Having a sports hall would be a fantastic asset to the centre…"
Local AMI Mountain Guide, Colin Reilly, says, Dumfries & Galloway is underprovided for in climbing facilities. For training venues and venues for introducing children to climbing there is just nothing, so a purpose built climbing wall would be amazing.”
David and his family have had links with the Abernethy Trust for upwards of thirty years and have appreciated the many blessings that have come their way as a result. After forty years working as a Civil Engineering Contractor, he says it is a joy and privilege to put some of what he has learnt into practice, enabling him to be a practical supporter of the Trust in helping out with some of their projects. Working with the young, envisioned Abernethy staff provides a sphere of service that is so important for Christian folk to find in their lives. He says he is very grateful for this.
Operations Director, Abernethy Barcaple
Andy Wade is the Operations Director at Barcaple. He has worked in indoor and outdoor education both in the UK and abroad. Andy sees the huge potential for the Sports Hall because it can engage more young people getting together to learn skills, keep fit and grow in the enjoyment of life.
Deputy Operations Director, Abernethy Barcaple
Dave has worked for Abernethy for 11 years having initially joined our Nethybridge centre as an instructor. He relocated to Barcaple 9 years ago where he is Deputy Operations Director. He is passionate about being part of improving what Barcaple can offer to both its guests and staff and is very excited to be involved in the Sports Barn and Climbing wall project.