Psychi's First Climbing Festival At Rockover, March 2019

Late in 2018, there were discussions bouncing around Psychi HQ about the possibility of a Psychi Festival. We all loved the idea but were unsure what to include, whom to invite and generally, how to run such an event.

We put some ideas on paper, spoke to our athletes and created a rough plan.

WHERE:

Luckily for us, we have a fantastic relationship with the team over at Rockover Climbing in Manchester, home of the GB training Hub. We presented our idea to them and they were on-board immediately. A big shout out to Rockover, without them the day would not have been possible. If you’ve never visited, you should check them out! It’s a superb centre, with a huge range of facilities and some of the friendliest staff and customers around!

WHEN:

We ran the Festival on the 10th of March 2018 and have already got plans in the pipeline for the second festival in autumn, 2019. We wanted to run the festival before the summer kicked off, after all, no one wants to be inside when the sun is shining! Keep your eyes peeled on our social channels for details of the next event!

WHO:

We liaised with all of our athletes and managed to get the majority in attendance on the day. It was great to have so many of the Psychi family together in one place. It is always great to catch up with the stalwart team members and also get to meet some of the new additions to the family!  The athletes ran workshops and coached throughout the day and it was great to see people being able to climb and train with GB team members.

We sold out all 130 tickets and had a huge mix of ages and abilities attend.

Thank you to everyone attended, the day was made such a success by you!

WORKSHOPS:

  • Dynamic movement.
  • Footwork, balance and stretching.
  • Warming up, basic climbing technique

We ran 6 coaching workshops in total - Rachel Carr, Jen Wood, Hannah Smith and Daniel Smith ran the sessions and were all fully booked weeks before the event.

We predicted this and as such had the rest of the athletes throughout the climbing centre, mingling and offering to coach to those that didn’t manage to get a workshop booked.

BOULDERING CHALLENGES:

We set 3 specific boulder problems around the centre. These ranged in grades and style and if they were topped, you were entered into a free prize draw. Prizes ranged from chalk to a Rockover 5 climb pass. Plenty of people topped the problems, congratulations to everyone who got some freebies.

TRADE STAND:

We ran a Psychi trade stand on the day with huge discounts on our full range as well as running a competition to win a Psychi Pad. The competition was £1 to enter and all proceeds were to be given to Edale mountain rescue, we matched the total amount raised. Thank you to everyone that entered. We announced the winner on the day and posted the Pad out to the lucky winner.

MEDIA:

We had a DJ (Lewis), a photographer (John Thornton) and videographer (Ellis Dagnall) on the day.

See the gallery and video roundup below;

STATS:

  • 130 tickets sold
  • 200+ people attended Rockover throughout the day
  • 250+ free chalk balls given away
  • 30 free beanies
  • 1 free bouldering pad
  • 3 Rockover climbing passes won
  • 134 teas
  • 105 coffees
  • 85 people took part in workshops

Thank you to everyone that helped make the day such a roaring success!

We look forward to seeing you all later this year for the next instalment of the Psychi Festival!

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