A high flying olympic bronze medallist officially opened the new, state of the art indoor climbing centre on July 23.

Billy Morgan, Southampton born snowboarding winter Olympian turned out for the opening of the new Parthian Climbing Centre at Adanac Park, Nursling.

The 25,000 square foot centre includes bouldering walls, top rope and lead climbing, auto belays which take up the slack while you’re climbing alone and there’s also the chance to try speed climbing.

It’s been designed to appeal to all levels and ages from beginners to experienced climbers and can host children’s parties and team building days.

More than 200 locals got to try the sport with free taster sessions on the day.

The event coincided with the first weekend of the Tokyo Olympics where sport climbing will feature for the first time in the history of the Games.

The Southampton centre also boasts the world’s first replica Olympic bouldering wall which will feature in the 2021 Olympic Games.

John Dunne, CEO of Parthian Climbing said: “We want to inspire the next generation of climbers. It’s a fun way to keep active and the chance to learn a new skill. Our centre has world class facilities and is suitable for all abilities whether you’re starting out or you’re an experienced climber wanting to test and improve your abilities.

“As lockdown restrictions have eased, we’re hoping to build momentum and welcome more climbers from right across Hampshire.”

Billy said: “I’m delighted to officially open Parthian Climbing centre in Southampton. I’m really enjoying using the climbing facilities and it provides a fantastic new recreation centre for people of all ages to enjoy. Everyone should come and try it.”

The new facility has also created much needed job opportunities for the region with 20 full and part time staff including instructors, receptionists, retail, cafe and management.

The centre is open seven days a week 10am to 10pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.