Our coaching team
I started climbing though a very successful outdoor education department at my high school and have continued on and off since then. I have climbed all over the UK at a reasonable standard, bouldering, trad and sport climbing.
I have been a teacher for the last 20 years in a variety of roles but mainly specialising in Special Educational Needs and Disability. I am a UK athletics Endurance coach and have coached many other sports including rugby, cycling and kayaking and I currently compete in ultra marathon mountain races up to 100miles long. I hold my Foundation Coach award as well as completing my FUNdamentals of Climbing Level 1 & 2, first aid, child protection and safeguarding certificates. I am the course director for NIBAS and coaching at the Hangar.
At the moment I coach children’s groups at the Hangar as well as being assistant coach of the North West Juniors team. I’ve coached all ages from four to adult at a variety of levels. I also do individual coaching clinics.
I have completed my Fundamentals of Climbing levels One and Two and I am first aid trained. I am currently planning a trip to Greece or Spain next year so I can push my climbing further.
My best moment in coaching is when one of my young climbers got to the top of the wall when they really thought they couldn’t. I get an immense amount of satisfaction from seeing kids achieve things they think are 'impossible'
My original experience in coaching came from leading the Duke of Edinburgh Award and other expedition-based activities. After trying climbing and loving it, and at the same time deciding to take a gap year, I got myself a job at the Hangar leading children's parties and coaching groups.
I now spend a lot of time climbing, both inside and out, and have realised that I really enjoy coaching the younger children and people new to climbing. I also help organise and coach my university competition climbing team.
When I’m not coaching you’ll find me behind the desk, slack-lining outside or dangling off the wall. Climbing has given me loads of fantastic experiences and memories from enjoying trips to places like France and mountain tops in Wales, to climbing in national student competitions. I hope to help all those I coach get the same enjoyment out of the sport I love
I have been climbing at the Hangar for three years and outside for two and a half. At the Hangar I am a duty manager, as well as mainly coaching adults in our coaching clinics. I also lead some of the children's groups.
I am really psyched to turn my love of training and climbing into helping others discover the sport through my coaching sessions. My favourite climbing experience was sending ‘Horror Arete’ at Bridestones. Its high, scary but amazing.”
I started climbing at University in 2012. Prior to working at the Hangar I predominantly climbed outside doing both sport and trad. My favourite climbing moment was going climbing in Miroir D’Argentine, Switzerland, when I realised the potential and range of climbing I could still look forward to in the future.
At the Hangar I am one of the duty managers and coaches. Prior to working at the Hangar I spent three years heavily involved in my university's mountaineering club introducing others to the world of climbing both indoors and outside. During University I did my Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and since working at the Hangar have completed my Fundamental’s 1 & 2 with the BMC.
I discovered rock climbing three years ago, when my family and I went to a climbing wall and tried it for the first time. I loved it and soon discovered The Climbing Hangar. Me and my friends immediately started going on a weekly basis. My friends all stopped and I continued indoor climbing.
I began bouldering outside and really fell in love with the sport even more. I have travelled around the UK to areas such as the Lake and Peak District and North Wales. I have also travelled abroad to Spain, France and Switzerland. I hope to continue climbing, training and travelling for many years to come.
My main role at the Hangar is coaching groups of both old and young climbers as well as being part of the route setting team.
At the Hangar I work at the front desk and as a floor coach, specifically with the youngest climbers in the centre. Because I’m quite new at the sport it allows me to understand the difficulties encountered by new climbers. Although I have yet to do my coaching qualifications I am super-psyched to get on the coaching ladder.
My favourite climbing moment has been when a new young climber stayed with his dad for his first session as he was really anxious. By his next session I had developed a level of trust with him to the point that his dad left him with me and the group. Now he climbs independently and loves the sport.