Petition Tag - sport

1. Raphael Varane pace increase FIFA18

Hi there, i and many others believe that Raphael Varane should recieve more pace on his FIFA18 card. His current rating of 79 pace is a complete joke in my opinion. Raphael Varane is no doubt the fastest cb in the world currently and giving him not even 80 pace is autism. Aubameyang has been given the most pace for fifa 18 with his card recieving 96 pace. Now i agree that Aubameyang is an extremely fast individual, but Varane is nearly as quick as him if not faster. Heres a video clearly showing Varane ass raping Aubameyang in a pure sprint for the ball played through:

How can Varane be able to pass Aubameyang (fastest player in the world according to EA), with only 79 pace. It makes no sense to me or anyone else who plays this game we love.

2. Help GymCity Find a New Home

GymCity urgently needs to find a new home and we desperately need community support to help this happen. Due to the urgent need for affordable housing in Auckland the land our building is on is earmarked for housing. In 2011 we were told that we would have to move. Between then and now we have been unable to find a suitable venue, despite looking into every possible alternative that could accommodate us. The land our building sits on is now going up for sale, and we are running out of time.

For the past 6 years we have being working with the Papatoetoe/Otara Local board who is very supportive and is trying hard to get the local council and Panuku Developments to help find us either a piece of land to build on or a building that we can move too. So far no luck. Unfortunately we have no lease at present and the redevelopment of Old Papatoetoe is moving forward fast. With more new housing in the area, this will bring in more children.

We cannot afford to pay a commercial lease because then our fees would be too expensive for our families in the area. At present we cannot apply for any funding from local or national funders to help with a building as we do not have land or a site that we can say will be ours.

We had over 20,000 participants last year and work with the local schools and preschools. We are open 6 days a week, 50 weeks of the year and are a non-profit organization. We run gymnastic & active movement classes for babies to teens, adapted gymnastics for preschoolers and school aged children with disabilities, a competitive programme, plus we run an affordable Oscar & WINZ approved holiday programme every holidays and Fit 4Life class for adults. GymCity is mobile as well and goes into the local schools, to run gymnastic programmes for them with the support of CMSport and Kiwisport funding.

We have grown so much in the last 6 years that we are running at capacity and need to be relocated to a larger building. It is frustrating that a great service like ours may end. Please help us to get our message out that we need the community's support to ensure our service for the children & families continues for many years to come.

3. Save Swords Karate Club

Dear Members, Families, Friends & Supporters,

We still need YOUR help - please sign our Petition and encourage others to do so as well. Thank YOU in advance for supporting us. Here is our latest update 24/06/2017:

Our work continues to secure premises for the Club:
The Landlord has refused our 2nd offer with no compromise. We emailed our Elected Representatives to update them and ask them if there was nothing they could do to assist us. Of the Elected Representatives who replied to us, all know of the current situation and have offered what support they can. We are now working on another offer and we will see how it is received.

We met with Darragh O Brien TD & Cllr. Adrian Henchy Deputy Mayor of Fingal on Monday 19th in The 44 in Swords. Both were sympathetic to our situation and though they did not promise anything, Darragh did say he would try and arrange another meeting with the Council for us.

Renny was interviewed on NearFM 90.3FM on Tuesday. She talked about the benefits Karate has on our health and our Clubs difficulty in securing a permanent home. You can listen to the podcast here:

We would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who has supported our Club so far. To everyone who has been our collecting signatures on our petition, thank you and well done. To everyone who has signed the Petition and sent us words of encouragement and offered their assistance – Thank You is all we can give but it is from the bottom of our hearts. It is heartening to have such support and we will continue to exhaust every possible option so that we do not have to close. Please continue to raise awareness of our situation and encourage people to sign our petition. The more signatures we have, the stronger our petition will be.

Petition Summary and Background:

Swords Karate Club (Hokubu Dojo) has been existence since 1986 and caters for over 120 members. Swords Karate Club (Hokubu Dojo) is also the Honbu Dojo for JKS Karate in Ireland and we organise and host many National and International events e.g. Technical Seminars, Competitions & Squad Training to name but a few.

We now face closure at the hands of a Hedge Fund who want to increase the rent by over 100% to €32,000 per annum.

We have approached our Council and asked them for the same assistance in finding a home in the community as they have given to other local clubs. The Council recently acquired and refurbished Sluagh Hall in Swords for use for the People of Swords. Currently two clubs Swords Boxing Club & Fingallians GAA have exclusive use of this public resource.

4. Make Beirut542 a year round running club

The Beirut 542 Program is a community-based initiative created by the Beirut Marathon Association whose purpose is to transform first time runners into marathoners. In the summer of 2014 the program launched with over 70 runners training to run 42km for the first time ever, and it grew bigger through the years.

These teams spend a lot of time together, becoming more than just running buddies.

So, the idea now is to make Beirut 542 a running club, unique to all running clubs in Lebanon, meaning no competitions and no pressure. Beirut 542 as a club will be dedicated just to running for the sake of spreading peace, having fun and maintaining the fitness and the friendships that were built during the training months.

Please note, THIS RUNNING CLUB IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE. Runners, Ex-runners, people that never ran before... absolutely everyone!

Sign the petition to make BEIRUT 542 a running club rather than a 4 months training program!


5. Planet Ice Basingstoke

Planet Ice Basingstoke has become a run down unhappy and unsafe place to be.

With 1000's members of the public using it each week for sports and entertainment, the place has become more and more run down over the years with no care or repair work being done. Yet prices still remain high!

6. Don't Ban Greyhound Racing in N.S.W

What a joke banning greyhound racing in nsw due to cruelty. Do they realise what they have done. The amount of greyhounds that will be destroyed in the next 12 months will be a lot worse than what they are banning the industry for. And It won't be done humanely because unlike the horse racing industry "the sport of kings" a lot of the greyhound owners are battlers and everyday people who do it for the love and for the thrill of breeding a winner and won't be able to afford to pay a vet.

Having owned and raced greyhounds myself I can honestly say Greyhounds are cared for better than most domestic dogs. After racing they have a hydro bath , massage and muscle work checked for any injuries , swim and daily minerals and supplements in a stable diet. They are born to race and love it , they get so excited on race day. Unfortunately there are a lot of unscrupulous people in the game but there are a lot more genuine and fair dinkum people as well.

Mike Baird you have no idea what you have done and obviously not thought it through. Does he honestly believe that thousands of greyhounds and pups will get adopted out. Hope you can sleep at night because you are going to have a lot of blood on your hands from this so called historic decision.

7. GPS Football Stitch-Up of the Decade

Last weekend the second last round of GPS Football was supposed to take place. You would have surely noticed the somewhat rainy, windy weather. What some of you may not have been aware of, however, was along with cats and dogs, it was raining stitch-ups on Saturday morning.

Whilst for the other GPS schools every game was called off from the mighty 11E's to the 1st XI (the pinnacle of any soccer players school career), Nudgee College and Brisbane State High School still played...

The points from Nudgee's victory then allowed them to overtake BBC on the ladder, who didn't play, like the rest of the schools, and unfairly moved them further above a number of others. These points, for some unknown reason, are still allowed to count in the competition, which then mean Nudgee are likely to steal the premiership in what will be the most unfair load of rubbish since the 2003 Australian Idol.

Whether you go to BBC or not this makes a joke of every other round the footballers have competed in, the hard work every school's 1st XI have put in week after week and the support of every single individual who has gone to watch a game of GPS Football.

8. RTE, show Irish Womens Rugby on TV

It's time the Irish women's Rugby team had their chance to be on our TV screens.

RTE needs to listen to our voice to see there is a demand to have such talent on our screens.


9. Bring Disc Golf to Laguna Niguel Regional Park

The Laguna Niguel Disc Golf Club is proposing the installation of an 18-hole disc golf course in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Total cost of the project is estimated at $15,000.00.

There are now more than 2000 Disc Golf courses in the United States and Canada, nearly all installed by city and county parks departments. They have found that there are few recreational activities that offer the high benefit-to-cost ratio of disc golf. Disc golf has relatively low capital and maintenance costs compared with other recreational installations, is environmentally sound, is played year-round in all climates and is enjoyed immediately even by beginners of all ages.

The installation of a disc golf course would be consistent with the stated goals of the recently revised master plan for Laguna Niguel, one of which is to “Plan for new high-quality recreation facilities and programs that provide spontaneous games and more non-organized activities to meet the needs of teenagers and adults alike.” Disc golf is also in perfect keeping with the plan's call for the “development and improvement of a system of public and private parks and recreation facilities achieved in cooperation with private community associations.”

What Is Disc Golf?
Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a more streamlined looking Frisbee® disc into a supported metal basket. The goal is the same: to complete the course in the fewest number of shots. A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to each basket, which is the "hole." As players progress down the fairway, they must make each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw has landed. The trees, shrubs and terrain changes in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the "putt" lands in the basket and the hole is completed.

Who Can Play?
The simple answer is that everyone can. In studies measuring participation in recreational activities, "throwing a Frisbee" has consistently been a top-ten activity. A disc golf course serves a broader portion of the community than many narrower interest activities with higher cost, skill or fitness levels required to even begin to play. Men and women, young and old, families with small children -- all can play disc golf. Because disc golf is so easy to understand and enjoy, no one is excluded. Players merely match their pace to their capabilities and proceed from there.

How Much Does It Cost To Play?
Many courses are located in city or regional parks where citizens play free. Most private and several public facilities will charge up to $5 per day to play, or earn passive income from annual passes and/or fees to enter the park. The equipment itself is quite inexpensive – discs designed for golf sell for $8-$15 each and only one is needed to get started.

The installation of a disc golf course in Laguna Niguel Regional Park would benefit the surrounding community by increasing and enhancing recreational opportunities, park safety and conservation goals.

Recreational Needs: A disc golf course would provide an inexpensive form of recreation for people of all age and skill levels and be a much needed addition to the recreational facilities at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. The installation of a disc golf course would provide an important recreational resource for the schools surrounding the park, as well as for the wider community. A disc golf course would give youth in the neighborhood a healthy and challenging outlet for their energies and would allow members of the Laguna Niguel Disc Golf Club to organize clinics and youth leagues on their behalf. For the growing number of disc golfers in Laguna Niguel, the presence of a disc golf course in the city limits would obviate the need to travel to play and would give them a base from which to further promote the sport.

Safety: A disc golf course at Laguna Niguel Regional Park would increase foot traffic in the Park at random times during the day and steadily during evenings and weekends. The influx of purposeful visitors would discourage the presence of individuals who are only in the park to cause mischief and perhaps engage in crime. Areas that are infrequently used and considered unsafe would be "opened-up" by the course. As many of the attached letters from different Recreations Departments show (Annex II), the installation of a disc golf course has led to significant decreases in vandalism and litter as users have a stake in keeping the course and surrounding area clean and well-kept.

Conservation: Disc golf can be an environment-friendly sport. Unlike traditional golf, a disc golf course may not require trees to be removed; grass mowed and watered daily, plants uprooted or non-native species planted. Many courses can be designed to fit into the existing flora of a park like Laguna Niguel Regional Park. The impact of a disc golf course on the surrounding area is minimal. Each hole has multiple pin placements, ensuring that no one area gets constant foot traffic (this has the added benefit of providing new challenges to players). In addition, disc golfers overall tend to take great pride in where they play, helping reduce potential litter on the course. In the long-term, a disc golf course would also help in the preservation of the park by giving young people in the neighborhood a stake in its preservation and protection.

Economics: A deluxe 18-hole disc golf course with two sets of tees, professional signs and baskets can be purchased and installed for under $15,000, less than the cost of a single tennis or basketball court. An 18-hole course can serve more than 100 people at any time, compared with a tennis court (4 maximum) or basketball court (10 maximum). The cumulative square footage of 27 x 60 sq. ft hard surface tee pads is also less than either a basketball or tennis court.

10. WIATC - Windsor International Aquatics Training Centre Pool

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A petition for public access to the WFCU - WIATC

Windsor Family Credit Union - Windsor International Aquatics Training Centre facility previously known as the Windsor Family Aquatics Centre located on Pitt Street West, Windsor Ontario Canada.

11. Make Kickball a Professional Sport

In 1917 a man named Nicholas C Seuss invented kickball at a playground. It was originally called "Kickball Baseball".

I think Kickball should be a sport for many reasons:

1) everyone is allowed to kick a ball whether is race or gender, like baseball for example, no females are allowed to make it on a team,

2) no one can be left out from the game, and

3) it would be a great sport to make new friends and have a fun time.

12. Get SABC to broadcast Proteas Cricket!

Cricket is one of South Africa's top sports and the SABC should recognize this. There are over 30 million cricket supporters in the country, many of whom cannot afford DSTV.

The SABC should make it its responsibility to broadcast highlights packages of overseas matches, at the very least

13. Make All Star Cheerleading an Olympic sport

The goal of this petition is to make cheerleading an Olympic sport! Why? Because this sport is very athletic.

It requires strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Let's make cheerleading an Olympic sport!

14. Against the ICC proposal to centralise the governance of cricket

The Indian, Australian and English cricket boards are proposing amendments ot the ICC that will leave the 3 of them in control of world cricket.

15. Skate park in Mabopane, Pretoria, South Africa

As skaters in Mabopane, we face life threatening dangers on a daily basis due to the lack of a designated skating area since the streets and open roads are the only viable option.

This petition requests the erection of a skate park in the township of Mabopane to accommodate the fast-growing sport/hobby of skateboarding. Skating is a sport for the youth and clearly we can't, on our own, afford to build one ourselves and with the nearest skating area about an hour's drive away from the township; that automatically diminishes morale due to the cost.

Sincerely, Mabopane skaters.

16. Ban Cloned Horses from Competing

Cloned horses were banned from competing by the FEI in 2005 but that was repealed in 2012.

Where I fully understand why someone would want to do it I think it is completely unethical. What is the difference between cloning a horse and cloning a human?

Yes, it is an expensive process now but the price will come down and the genie will be out of the bottle.

Imagine a competition with 10 Negros or 10 Frankels.

Is that really what we want?

17. Indoor Skate Park in Dublin

Everyone has a dream. Skate park is not only a dream come true for a group likely to actively use the site, but also surprising and unusual spectacle for people able to watch the exploits of experienced athletes, this type of integrated culture - a passion for not only the youth.

It is also an encouragement to young people's physical development, for which physical activity is very important when growing up - coordinating body and mind, improves the condition and develop some muscle groups.

We could list other advantages, such as hormonal way to wind down, but the most important thing in all this is a specific location that would give those interested in the prospect for the future and the possibility of self-respect to their intentions.

18. Support the need for an extension at Colchester School of Gymnastics

We have found out recently that we were unsuccessful in our bid for a grant worth £50,000 to help extend our facilities at Colchester School of Gymnastics due to “A LACK OF NEED” !!!

We plan to resubmit the bid but we really need your help to show that there is a NEED! With over 1,200 children on the waiting list and currently about 850 people coming through the doors each week that’s potentially 2,000 signatures to show that there is indeed a “NEED”!

A larger gym would mean more space to run more classes from PreSchool to Recreational to Competitive Gymnastics as well as groups for Freestyle, Adult gymnastics and those with physical disabilities. In addition we would be creating more jobs for coaches and support training opportunities for would be coaches. If we could show that the local community NEEDS and WANTS this it would help the bid enormously.

All you need to do is sign the petition giving just your name and postcode (to show you are a local resident).

Remember that we are a charitable organisation reliant solely upon fees and donations for sustainability so all money made goes back in to the gym to improve the facilities available to all users.


This petition is to help retain the Belmont Shooting Complex and allow it to continue operating for the purpose it was originally established for in 1916.

Housing development in the area have acknowledged that the shooting complex exists, but many residents are trying to impose restrictions on our operations and restrict the sporting activities of legitimate shooters and range users.

The establishment of a precinct would help protect our sport in the future from more housing developments..

20. Meercroft Park Development Committee - Funding Request

The Meercroft Park Development Committee is currently seeking funds to replace the synthetc playing surface in Devonport currently used by hockey clubs, schools and community members. The surface must be replaced by March 2014 ready for next season.

The Committee has saved 50% of the funds needed for the project and is now seeking to illustrate community support through this petition. Given the tight timeframes we are seeking immediate funding support.

Thank you for your support.

The Meercroft Park Development Committee

21. Request Inquiry into Administration of Sport of Wushu in Australia

Wushu is a term internationally recognised as synonymous with Chinese Martial Arts and is a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (

The disciplines of Wushu include modern and traditional competitive routines as well as sparring. Tai Chi is an example of Wushu disciplines widely used as means to maintain physical and psychological wellbeing. There are thousands of highly educated and qualified Wushu practitioners in Australia.

As with any other sport in Australia, the responsibility for development of Wushu is assigned to a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised by the Australian Sports Commission. During the last twenty years, this status was claimed by various organisations with varying legal status but linked to each other through the same limited group of people assuming the virtually uninterruptable leadership. The most recent of them - Kung Fu Wu Shu Australia Limited (KWA Ltd) – was created in 2010. Now it is claiming to be the NSO for Wushu despite the fact that the current official legally binding contract with the ASC was made with a completely different company deregistered in 2004 (AKWF – Australian Kung Fu (Wushu) Federation Limited). The KWA Ltd on its website states that it has no links to any of the previous organisations.

The Australian Sports Commission is well aware of numerous irregularities in the administration of Wushu both on its own side and on the side of all those previous organisations that have presented themselves as “governing bodies for Wushu” to the Australian public for more than twenty years but has ignored the legitimate requests for clarifications from the public.

In the meantime, the growing dissatisfaction and confusion about questions as simple as “Who is NSO for Wushu in Australia?” and “How did they obtain their NSO status?” negatively affects all Wushu practitioners and especially those who are willing and capable of competing on the international level. The administrative practices of all NSOs for Wushu have made it very difficult for the Wushu community in Australia to access resources normally available to other sports and confused many professionally qualified coaches and judges.

It is imperative that there is a trust in a government-recognised body. Labelling other independent organisations as “unacceptable” or “unsuitable”, avoiding any public exposure and employing tactics incompatible with the modern democratic principles resulted in the complete loss of public trust in any so called “governing bodies for Wushu in Australia” as well as any trust in the government agencies that would accept such organisations as genuine sporting representatives.

View the supporting documents at

The Australian Wushu practitioners want their peak sporting body to be open, transparent, inclusive, governed by democratically elected board that is free of bullying and criminal history.

22. We need Cricket Stadium In Mulpani

Nepalese cricket is getting better and better. You can see the performances in last two years of the Nepalese cricket team.

Despite of love and attraction on Nepalese cricket by millions of cricket fans, government of Nepal hasn't develop a proper plan to improve the player's personal and professional life.

This is a petition to the government of Nepal for building a proper cricket stadium at Mulpani.

23. Legalize Steroids in Sports

Since the 1960s, crackdowns for performance enhancing drugs at the level of elite athletics (Olympics, Baseball, Cycling, etc.) have been steadily increasing. However, so too have the reported cases of steroid abuse.

For every athlete who is condemned for performance enhancing drug abuse, countless unknown others stand in the shadows and continue their illicit drug regimen. This problem is endemic to the sports community, and will continue inevitably. We propose that instead of condemning sports heroes for training and chemically enhancing their bodies for the new standard of elite athleticism and competition, we legalize and regulate these drugs, thus ushering in the next level of elite athleticism. This approach would not only cut down on abuse and encourage healthy regimens, but would greatly increase fans' morale and promote a more honest discourse between the sports community and the general public.

Already we have enhanced the physical nature of training, to the point of having multi-million dollar equipment for the most advanced athletes. Chemical enhancement is the next logical step in our progression for a finer tuned athlete. The future of sports WILL be steroid fueled. Embrace the revolution!

24. Princes Park Master Plan petition for action

The area south of Visy Park at Princes Park (the Southern Sports Area) accommodates a range of community sporting activities, including cricket and touch rugby in summer, and soccer in winter. Council strongly supports sports participation at Princes Park, when sports grounds are used for competition and training throughout the year. Demand for the use of these sports grounds is increasing throughout the City of Melbourne and Council is currently unable to meet the demand for grounds in Princes Park.

The Southern Sports Area can cater for the demand for increased grounds and facilities for sports use with the redevelopment works described below.

In 2012 the City of Melbourne Councillors signed off on the Princes Park Master Plan after consultation with residents, sporting groups and other users of the park. The Plan includes the following recommendations:

- Upgrade sports surfaces within the southern sports field area to enable flexible community use. Works include regrading, irrigation and drainage improvements and best practice turf surfaces.

- Implement sports lighting around the perimeter of the southern sports fields in accordance with the relevant Australian Standards.

- Install a multipurpose fully accredited synthetic sports surface on Crawford Oval. This will increase the carrying capacity for the same amount of sports area. Retain sports lighting and upgrade existing boundary fence.

- As a part of Council’s pavilion refurbishment program, review the capacity of the southern pavilion to accommodate increased usage.

- Develop a new turf cricket oval to the south of Oval One. Create low mounds between Oval One and southern sports field area to provide enhanced views of the ovals. Install seating and introduce additional tree planting for natural shade.

- Upgrade the cricket nets adjacent to the Southern Pavilion.

These works will dramatically increase the quality of the playing and training ground surfaces, which all sporting groups at the park share. These improvements are long overdue for clubs at Princes Park. With the projected increase in demand for sports fields, now is the time to make the plan a reality.

25. Stop Redundancies at University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham have announced plans to make 114 staff redundant or force them to work anti social hours contracts.

Staff directly supporting students and there wellbeing are affected.

Cuts include:
*Cut in staff looking after students in student accommodation and downgrading their skills;
*Sports Centre, Security and Cleaning.

The anti social hours contracts are forcing staff with caring responsibilities for children and parents to work evenings and weekends.

All the cuts are to frontline staff, not senior managers.

26. Keep Wensum Sports Hall alive

Wensum Sports Centre is owned by Norfolk County Council, who closed it in 2010.

Local people have campaigned to re-open it and have achieved a 5 year lease, allowing them to refurbish and re-open the facilities for the community.

The County Council wants the site allocated for housing, which would increase its monetary value and make a sale to a private developer more likely. This could also threaten the viability of the Adult Education Centre next to it, and undermine the fragile economy of the area.

This petition is to ask City Council to stick to its position and keep the Sports Hall site out of housing allocation, and open for community use.

27. Bring Ironman To Vernon

We are looking to demonstrate community support for our bid to host Ironman Canada in Vernon, BC. Support for this event can be demonstrated by signing this petition.

28. Keep the Olympic Golden post boxes as a permanent tribute

As a tribute to any gold winning Team GB athletes in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the Royal Mail have painted a post box in their home town golden.

I think these should remain as a lasting tribute to a great sporting event and a clear example of the dedication of our British sportsmen and women.

29. Continue AirGear

The wonderful anime series Air Gear. It is about a young boy, Iki, who pursues his dream of air tricks and-with help from his newmade friends-goes on to achieve his dream-to be able to fly.

30. Save Upperlimits Climbing Centre


Upperlimits HAS BEEN SAVED from closure!!!

Through your support and the efforts of the club staff, climbers, their family and friends Leek College agreed to colaberate with Leek High School and gift the equipment to the climbing club. Leek High School has also offered their support to encourage the development of a community based climbing centre.

Thank you for your support.

Leek Climbing Centre as it is now known is carrying on with the regular programme of Kids Club and Squad training as well as providing a training centre for climbers of all ages and abilities.

To contact Mark at the centre contact: 07837881198


At a recent meeting with Leek College principal, Rob Morrey we were told that UPPERLIMITS CLIMBING WALL WILL CLOSE ON 31ST JULY 2012.

Upperlimits has already closed down as a provider of outdoor pursuits activities for Leek College and, although the Kids Climbing Club is growing in numbers, it doesn't fit the criteria for further education. Therefore the climbing wall can no longer be part of the college.

Leek College has pledged to extend the use until 31st July to allow climbers of all ages time to find alternative funding and management to keep the wall. They have also promised to include the users in any developments and support the users find independence.

With this aim a committee representing users and supporters is being formed to keep the wall open and running as a climbing facility for community use.

We would like to thank you for your heartfelt support and ask you to please offer what you can whether time, advice, or ideas that continue your support. Any help however small or seemingly irrelevant is powerful.

Not only will it ensure fair treatment by Leek College, it will help to demonstrate the need a community climbing wall to secure funding.

It has already had an impact!

The kids club has been going for many years and has produced national climbing champions and influenced the careers of many young people, who have passed through the ranks to become instructors and move on to related employment.

Since relocating to Leek High Specialist Technology School from Longnor in 2011 kids club membership has outgrown one evening and now occupies two evenings of double sessions.

Upperlimits is unique among similar children's climbing clubs for the dedicated and individual attention given by the staff. Each child is befriended and helped by staff and more experienced youth members. Complex skills are taught through fun and peer support as confidence is gained through the risk taking aspects of climbing in a safe environment.

Many of the members are effected by difficulties from conditions such as Autism and Dyspraxia. The club provides an essential outlet for these young people to feel accepted and to achieve without the pressure of competition. For some it is their only social contact outside school.

The families who attend have found a rare welcome and exceptional tolerance for tag-along siblings with similar conditions. Many have not attended other clubs without fear of disrupting the session. Comfortable seating and beverages are thoughtfully provided while they watch.

With public access other climbers are welcomed at any time adding diversity and a greater pool of shared skills. The youth members particularly benefit from seeing adults climbing.

The centre is situated in Leek with no alternative closer than in Stoke-on-Trent 20 miles away which for most members would be too far to travel.

Upperlimits is not just a sports club, it is a life-line to many of its users past and present. It is essential that it remains open.