Analysis and Advice for All Abilities at Adult Camp 2015
Twenty nine participants from across Scotland were joined by a couple from Minnesota and a returning participant from London to this year’s RCCC Adult Camp at Stranraer Ice Rink and North West Castle Hotel.
Sessions were tailored for the variety of ability levels which included some very new curlers to some with many years of curling experience. John (London) had stepped onto curling ice for the first time at last year’s camp and was back this year all kitted out, having had many games at Kent.
Everyone had their deliveries filmed, analysed and were given advice and time to practice. Strategy & tactics, communication and sweeping topics were also covered with participants competing against each other using the ‘smart broom’ to see who could apply most pressure when sweeping.
One of the addition’s to this year’s programme was a talk from Gail Munro (North West Castle) on ice making & maintenance. The interactive session included a visit to the plant room and an opportunity to try some pebbling; several people commented that they had a greater appreciation for ice-making further to their insight to ice-making.
The social element remains an important part within curling and this year’s group of participants certainly enjoyed the inter-group competition & challenges as well as the off-ice entertainment.
A few participant comments are below:-
‘Excellent information and coaching. Really enjoyed Ena’s style of teaching and the way she observed our faults and applauded our achievements. Just excellent. Great team work by coaches and delightful hospitality’
‘Great experience and camaraderie’
‘Attended camp 6 years ago – this course had more ice time and was much improved and very enjoyable. Coaches were very enthusiastic. Will recommend to others’
‘All presentations very good and appreciated greatly, only wish my curling could match it! Coach – thanks; 1st class – wish I’d done her justice’
‘Fantastic!! Although daunted by my lack of experience I found that every session was tailored to myself. At no time did I feel out of my depth, Alison was exceptional in catering to the different needs within the group. I will recommend this course to everyone I have contact with in curling. I look forward to returning next year!’
Next year’s camp dates will be announced in early 2016. View photos from this year’s camp below.