Yorkshire Subterranean Society Secures £20,000 Grant

August 30, 2013 / England, United Kingdom, Europe
New cavers participating in a Try Caving weekend.

New cavers participating in a Try Caving weekend. Photo via Sport England

England’s Yorkshire Subterranean Society has secured £20,000 (~$31,000 USD) in Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Last week Sport England revealed that the YSS is one of more than 1,300 local sports projects across the United Kingdom to be granted National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.

The Yorkshire Subterranean Society’s share of the money will be put towards upgrading the facilities at their clubhouse, specifically a specialised rope training facility.

The new improvements will include a two-story-high extension on the side of the existing building to provide a warm, dry area for cavers to train and practice ropework. The area will be equipped with an array of platforms, bolts and beams to enable training of modern caving techniques, ranging from the most basic through to advanced rescue techniques.

The YSS has a history of sending cavers to the deepest caves in the world and our members have been part of record breaking achievements. We have a long history of introducing people to the underground world through our regular coach trips to the Yorkshire Dales and more recently through our successful Try Caving events. The investment from Sport England, means we can upgrade our facilities to provide suitable training and development for new and experienced cavers as we begin to enter our 50th Year. Alex Wallman, Yorkshire Subterranean Society Chairman

As part of the British Caving Association’s Try Caving initiative, the YSS has helped hundreds people experience caving since 2007.

There is a real need for above-ground training venues for club cavers across the country, but particularly in the Yorkshire Dales. The YSS facility seems well planned and BCA hopes to use it to spearhead our new Club Training Scheme. Damian Weare, British Caving Association Secretary

To celebrate the award, another Try Caving event is being planned for November 9th, 2013. For more information or to sign up, please contact [email protected].

Yorkshire Subterranean Society secures £20,000 from sporting legacy fund [Sport England]

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