The biggest climbing gym in Eastern Europe, Walltopia Climbing Center in Sofia, has become home to the first Climb Academy.

The academy has been built to provide more physical activity for children aged 3 to 11 years old.

A representative of Climb Academy detailed the ethos and benefits of the programme: “AFCM entrusted the training programs to climbing and gymnastics coaches with numerous years of experience with kids. Each program is tailored to the age and individual abilities of the children. The task was to find the balance between technique, difficulty, and speed. Gymnastics exercises are also incorporated into the concept because they enhance children’s physical development and develop skills like strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and body control and help frame a healthy sports routine for kids.

“Climb Academy is a bright and cosy climbing hall with a combination of natural and vivid colours that children enjoy. It appeals to their senses in every possible way.”

The academy has an impressive installation of climbing walls, a boulder area, gymnastics facilities for kids, a parkour track, a slackline and a ninja course.

Training sessions incorporate lots of relay games and physical efforts are combined with fun competitions and challenges. The academy also caters for functions such as birthday parties tailor-made to its climbers.

The new centre will enhance the facilities of the current climbing centre and provide expert knowledge to the next generation of climbers.