Richard Harding is one of Scottish curling's great innovators. It must have been a couple of years ago when he first mentioned to me his idea of having a 'curling professional' attached to his rink at Greenacres to provide members with coaching and instruction to the highest level, in much the same way that instruction is available in golf clubs. Now this is all going to happen at the Renfrewshire rink. The 'professional' is none other than David Murdoch (above), skip of the British Olympic Curling Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and World Champion in 2006 and 2009.
David will be available to coach club members of Greenacres Curling Club, and also non-members, at times to suit the individual, depending on ice availability and his competitive schedule.
You can read all about what is available on the Greenacres website here.
Costs for members vary from £16 for a one-to-one forty-five minute lesson, to just £9 each in a group of four, less if a number of lessons are pre-booked.
Richard says, "In times to come I hope we will see more Greenacres curlers playing at the highest levels and I look forward to seeing the improvements to everyone’s game in the coming days. We hope this initiative will be keenly supported by curlers at Greenacres."
Aside from all David's curling successes, he is also a qualified personal trainer. He says, "Over the years I have been trained by some of the world's best coaches, which, coupled with my
own knowledge and the experience which I have gained in international competition has given me a unique and in-depth skill set that can enhance everyone's game at Greenacres. I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone and can't wait to get started." He takes up his post on Monday.
Photo of David is © Skip Cottage