Children at a Cambridge primary school tested their strength last week with a climbing challenge led by two former pupils.

Students at St Luke’s Primary School were given the chance to discover the sport of rock climbing as part of a new initiative in partnership with the charity Urban Uprising.

The Year 5 children were shown the ropes on a climbing wall at Kelsey Kerridge sports centre and will now go on to complete a six-week climbing course with dedicated instructors.

And the leaders of the course are former pupils of the school, Patrick Moore and Mel Crowe, who have a shared interest in rock climbing and wanted to inspire the children with the chance to try a new sport.

Since leaving the school, Patrick has travelled many countries, explored mountains and met a host of inspirational people along the way.

He said: “Since being a school pupil, I have been lucky enough to have so many fantastic experiences. Rock climbing has taught me so much, not just physically but mentally too, from being more confident, to working well as part of a team.

“I am really pleased to have this chance to work with the team at Urban Uprising and give this group of young people an insight into this brilliant sport.”

Mel, who is a climbing instructor at Kelsey Kerridge, said: “Climbing is an incredible sport that can teach young people lots of skills. It’s great to try something new and we hope that this course will inspire the children to have a go at anything new that comes their way or take up climbing longer term.”

The aim of the course is to introduce the children to a sport they may not have previously tried, with the hope they continue to enjoy it as well as help them to develop life skills such as increased confidence, teamwork, problem-solving, physical and mental strength.

Headteacher Beccy Ireland-Curtis said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for this group of Year 5s and one that we think will be an invaluable experience. The group really enjoyed the first session and are looking forward to more. And even better that they are being taught by former students of St Luke’s who are a great example to them.”