Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Successful Camp at Braehead

Braehead’s second annual curling camp was held during this month's school break and attracted a total of thirteen youngsters between 11 and 14 years old. The children were from as far apart as Hamilton and Greenock, and also included two who were trying curling for the first time.

Local coaches Meta Eccleston, Robbie Stewart and Liz Paul assisted CDO David Horne to provide a fun filled three days, with time to focus on certain aspects of each young curler's delivery.

The children were split into four teams, for on- and off-ice activities, including ice breaking sessions and a fun quiz.

The complete beginners were taught all the basics of curling and by the third day were sliding down the ice and delivering curling stones full length. The more experienced youngsters were able to work on their delivery , sweeping and weight control skills.

The on ice sessions were from 10am to 12 noon and then 1pm to 3pm each day and covered a wide range of coaching by the qualified coaches and each camper also had their slide filmed, using equipment supplied by The Braehead Development Group and were then able to watch the playback on the TV screen in the Braehead Bar. Fun games were played during the camp as well as several full length games. The improvement over the three days by all the children was quite dramatic.

At the end of the last day the winning team of the three day curling competition received certificates but every child who came along received fun gifts. The parents were full of praise for the venture.

Back Row: Stuart Anderson, Julie Wight, Angus Shearer, Jill Strang, Mairi MacDonald, Laura Wight, Heather MacDonald.
Middle Row: Coach Robbie Stewart, Ewan Polea, Lucy Fleming.
Front Row: Ann Fleming, Jamie Wilson, Victoria Wilson, Megan MacDonald.

Thanks to David Horne for the report and photo. And a well done to all involved!