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Alpine Club of Pakistan Press Release (22 March 2012







Alpine Club of Pakistan Trains Wall Climbing to Children of Sweet Home functioning under Pakistan Baitul Mall at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad




Alpine Club of Pakistan National Mountaineering and Climbing Federation is imparting wall climbing training to 3,000 children of Sweet Home functioning under Pakistan Baitul Mall at Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad. ACP, in collaboration with Islamabad Alpine Association has launched a programme to train 10,000 children from Baitul Mall. In phase I, about 5000 marginalized and vulnerable children and youth will be imparted the wall climbing training. During Phase II, which will be open to all youth, members of affiliated clubs and youth from educational institutions and general public shall be imparted training These children will also be provided an opportunity to participate in the competitions.


On 20th March, Ms. Ashiq Firdus Awan, Federal Minister for Information along with Ms. Farzana Raja, Chairperson Benazir Income Support programme and Mr Zumurad Khan, MD, Pakistan Baitul Mall visited the climbing wall where they were received by Secretary Alpine Club of Pakistan Mr. Abu Zafar Sadiq. They witnessed and showed keen interest in wall climbing training being imparted to children by Alpine Club of Pakistan. The Minister appreciated efforts of Alpine Club of Pakistan in promoting wall climbing amongst the children which was unique experience for these children. On the occasion Mr. Zamurad Khan, MD desired that climbing training be imparted to all children during their stay at Pakistan Sports Board. The competition of each sweet home will be organized and final round shall be amongst the winners from each sweet home.


Explaining sport climbing to the guest, Secretary ACP Mr. Abu Zafar Sadiq informed that this sport is an emerging sport in Pakistan attracting wide range of youth including school boys, girls and children. Besides providing recreation, it helps developing climbing skills, build confidence, besides creating sense about safety, creativity and imagination amongst the children. It is equally beneficial for youth as it helps them to develop leadership skills such as team building, communication, risk taking, safety measures, goal setting etc. The training and competitions of these children shall continue till 26th March, 2011 when competitions of the finally selected children will be held.