I mentioned recently (here) that I had heard that there were major changes in the pipeline on how the coaching of our sport would be structured in the future by sportscotland/Institute of Sport. Currently, Scotland's 'elite squad' curlers are looked after by the High Performance Head Curling Coach (Derek Brown, since December 2006), and by a High Performance Curling Coach (Cate Brewster, since August, 2005).
The evidence that change is afoot is seen by the advert on sportscotland's website, see here, for a Performance Director for the High Performance Curling programme.
The post is fixed term until December 2014, and is based at the sportscotland Institute of Sport in Stirling.
Qualifications for the post are outlined in the advert. Interestingly, "Curling knowledge and experience is not essential but a strong track record in the sporting field as a leader in a Head Coach/manager capacity or similar is required."
The closing date for applications is Monday, September 20, 2010.
It is my understanding that the Performance Director will oversee a men's coach, a women's coach and a wheelchair curling coach, and this coaching setup will ultimately be responsible for the 'elite squad' (as present) as well as the National Academy squad (assuming this responsibility from the Royal Club).
All this is a bit sketchy at the moment, but changes lie ahead that will have a major impact on performance curling in Scotland.