Saturday, September 03, 2011

Time to get on the ice

Graham Sloan, the oganiser of the Ice Bowl Open, has been in touch to say that it's not too late to enter the competition at the new six-sheeter in Dumfries. There are still spaces left for teams who might like a last minute entry. The draw will be going out on Monday but teams will still be accepted until the full complement is reached for this first competition in the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour. Any four curlers. You can find Graham's email on this page.

Now, perhaps if you are reading this you are new to curling, or you know someone who might like to give the sport a try. The beginning of the season is a good time. What should you do?

The Royal Club has lots of info. This page will lead you to the phone numbers and email addresses for all the rinks, many of which have development officers. Don't hesitate to contact the latter if you have a question about where and when you can get that all important instruction when you take to the ice for the first time. That's what they are there for!

As an example, Graham Sloan, who I've already mentioned above and is the ACDO at Dumfries, has a FREE Try Curling session on September 12, from 6pm - 9pm.

This is a good time to mention the Murrayfield Rink. The busiest rink in Scotland doesn't actually have a development officer. But it DOES have one of the oldest established and most active 'curling schools' in the country.

The Edinburgh Curling School has recently launched its own website (here) to provide a place where the curlers of Edinburgh and the Lothians can find up-to-date information on courses and events.

For example, there is a Come and Try on October 1st, 12.00 - 15.00. Then there's a Beginners Course on the 8th, 9th and 16th of October. This course is aimed at those who have never curled before, or those who have attended a come and try session and wish to improve with the view of taking the sport up as a hobby. For more info on what else is available, check out the website, or just click on the image below.