Cowdenbeath MSP Alex Rowley caught up with members of Rockgelly sport project this week as they took their Roktagons – a flexible and portable bouldering experience to Lochgelly Gala.
The project is part of the wider St Andrews Church restoration which aims to provide an indoor climbing area along with a café and soft play facility. The Mountaineering Council for Scotland has endorsed the project which has received £150,000 funding from Fife Council and will be a visitor attraction for the whole Fife area.
The group intend to take their mobile Roktagons to a range of places including school gym halls and playgrounds, sports days and galas across Fife giving children the opportunity to try out climbing before Rockgelly opens in 2015.
Alex Rowley said; “This is a great mobile facility that is challenging but safe and it was fantastic to see so many children having a lot of fun through sport and exercise. I want to congratulate everyone involved with this project and will work with them to develop this project which will be a great Fife attraction brining major benefits for Lochgelly”.
Lochgelly councillor Mark Hood has been driving support for the project and sees it as an on going part of the regeneration of Lochgelly. He said; “When I first heard about the Roktagon project it was hard to imagine it would be so popular but today at the projects launch it’s clear to see this is going to be a winner with local people. The team at Rockgelly are now working with Fife council staff to take the Roktagons around local schools and community venues. It’s great to see local kids local kids getting the opportunity to take part is this increasingly popular sport.’
“My focus now is following our £150k funding of the groups larger project to continue to work with the team at Rockgelly along with council officers to ensure their project to transform St Andrews Church into a state-of-the-art climbing gym is successful. If everything goes to plan Lochgelly will have an indoor climbing facility of national significance attracting visitors from across the country”.
Photo shows: From left to right Thom Humphery, Mark Hood, Alex Rowley, Grieg Currie, Kristian Dela Cour