Tuesday, May 11, 2010

All ahead at Forfar

It was in September 17 last year that it was announced that Mike Ferguson had become the new owner of the Forfar Indoor Sports complex, see here. There's been a number of pointers that the rink is flourishing under a new regime. There's new plant, new competitions and much support for the youngsters in schools, juniors and even the under-twelves (see here).

There are two developments which have prompted this blog post today. The first is that the rink is looking to employ a full-time Curling Officer, in partnership with the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. The advert and details of the post are here.

The second is that the Forfar Open is back! This competition used to attract competitive local teams. There are many now, right across the country, who might appreciate getting the opportunity for good competitive curling early in the season. The event is open to men or women, seniors and juniors. Overseas teams too will be welcome.

The dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 7-9, 2010. That's the week following the Glasgow Audi Braehead Open which I mentioned recently. The revamped competition deserves support. Pass the word!

I asked Mike what his first season in charge had been like. He said, "The season past has been one of listening, learning and reviewing operations. It has been a most enjoyable and rewarding venture so far. The support from the curlers and staff has been excellent and apart from an early hiccup with the new plant we haven't had many issues to face. We managed to make a few tweaks here and there which were well received and following a recent mailing for opinions and comments it would appear our efforts have been appreciated."

New developments will see the rink's stones being refurbished at Kays of Scotland in Mauchline over the summer. A new corporate/social lounge is under construction in order that the rink can start offering corporate packages to attract new curlers.

Mike adds, "We are also supporting clubs in their efforts to hold more guest nights. With over fifty young curlers attending the Forfar Young Curlers sessions on Saturday mornings the future looks bright. All in all, it looks very exciting for the new season and with the addition of the new Curling Officer it is time to put Forfar firmly on the curling map."