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Analysis of climbing clubs

The analysis of climbing clubs was one of the first main activities of the project. Our goal was to analyze the current state of the climbing, regarding children and youth, in the countries of the Project Partners (Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Czechia, and Hungary), and to use this analysis to further specify the exact focus points of the project and the upcoming meetings.

First part of the analysis was the general analysis separately for all 5 countries. We gathered information about the countries’ system, type and number of climbing clubs, and education for climbing personnel, also with help from our national associations. The results didn’t really surprise us. Our climbing organizations are organized very differently and it is hard to compare information in different forms. We concluded it is necessary to create a questionnaire, which will be the same for all clubs in all countries, to have more comparable data.

The questionnaire was created in all five partner languages and shared with all of the climbing clubs in the five countries. Each project partner conducted the analysis for climbing clubs from their own country, and together we discussed end prepared the final analysis and summary report.

Short summary of the analysis

In total, the questionnaire was sent to 388 clubs in 5 countries (Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia). We received 134 answers, which make up 34,5 % of addressed clubs. The answers we recieved were the basis for the analysis, first for the national ones and then for the summary report.

Questions in the questionnaire were divided into 6 parts – general info about the club, climbing activities, young competitors, climbing staff, organization, and safety. In the summary report, we included some interesting results, answers, and comparisons from the country analysis, while national reports are more detailed. The questionnaire, national reports, and full summary report are all appended at the bottom.

This analysis helped us to compare the differences and similarities in the functioning of our clubs and to expose some of the biggest issues the clubs might be facing. Such analysis helps us to have an overview of the present situation and to inspire for further improvements. This questionnaire with obtained answers can be useful for each country individually in proposing useful solutions to national associations and climbing clubs.

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