Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:12

Dave MacLeod joins Urban Uprising as an Ambassador Featured

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Climbing charity, Urban Uprising, fund climbing and educational programmes that assist young at risk and disadvantaged kids to get access to climbing. In the hope that it will give them structure and other life skills they may not have had the chance to develop otherwise.


Supported by TCA Glasgow, Urban Uprising have opened up a project in Glasgow, in early 2016. This ran during the school holidays and proved to be a real success. There will be an Edinburgh Uprising and another Glasgow Uprising in 2017. The team are working hard to finalise an Uprising elsewhere also. These projects typically run once a week for 2 hours and have 10 young people involved.

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The Ambassador team has a great mix of personalities, Robbie Phillips who we have already spoken to about his climbing is a huge advocate for the charity and supports where he can amongst his busy schedule. Niall McNair, a quiet assassin of big routes, both sport and trad. He speaks regularly for Urban Uprising with great enthusiasm. Young Scottish Climber, Caitlin Conner, who has climbed 100 routes of 6a or harder in a day to raise money for Urban Uprising.

James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini are also associated to the Urban Uprising through their own charity SPOT, who are assisting programmes in South Africa.

The ambassadors provide inspiration for the next generation of climbers and this all transfers to the next generations of climbers Urban Uprising introduce to the sport.

Dave MacLeod is a world renowned climber of all disciplines. His talks are inspirational and the information he puts out on his blog and the books he has written have educated climbers. He has spoken before of the way he got in to climbing by exploring on his bike. He whole heartedly supports what Urban Uprising stand for and being included in the Ambassador line up will undoubtedly give the charity an extra boost, furthering the ground already made.

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At the recent climbing and talks event Urban Uprising held in conjunction with TCA’s 5th birthday, Dave spoke about what climbing did for him –

Stuart Green, Director and Co-Founder of Urban Uprising added “We’re so delighted to have Dave onboard as part of the Urban Uprising team. He’s been really supportive of our efforts for some time now and he is a great ambassador for both us as well as the sport in general. Dave has strong ties with Dumbarton: it’s where he started climbing as well as where he did his iconic E11, Rhapsody. It’s also where we started our first UK based project, so it’s a great match for us both.

A chance encounter with the outdoors had a profound effect on the direction that Dave’s life took and the hope is that the projects that we run can achieve something similar for disadvantaged children in an area that means so much to him.

Urban Uprising’s profile is on the increase and in turn it will help the climbing community grow with those who may not have been able to access the sport. Look out for the fox at the next outdoor event you attend. If you’d like to help Urban Uprising you can buy one of their t-shirts on their site or text ‘URBN00 £10′ (or £20, £30) to 70070 to donate and make a difference.




Last modified on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 09:30
Davy Wright

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