Asham Announced As Junior Slams Sponsor
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has confirmed a new sponsorship agreement with Asham Curling Supplies which sees the curling brand become one of the major supporters of competitive junior curling in Scotland.
Following the success of Asham’s sponsorship of the Asham Under 14 Slam, the equipment supplier has extended its title rights to include the Asham Under 17 Slam and the newly formed Asham Under 21 Slam encompassing a total of 12 Slam events.
Since its inception in 2011 the Asham Under 14 Slam has played an important role in fostering Scotland’s curling talent, developing skills and performance at the highest level and providing a platform for success in what is, for many, their first competitive curling environment.
Likewise the existing Under 17 Slam began in season 2006 and offers young curlers the chance of success in their own age group and the coveted top prize of secured places at the World Curling Federation Camp. Pictured – Scottish Senior Champion and Team Muirhead coach David Hay presents 2013 Under 17 Slam Top Girls Team Aitken with their trophy (Photo: Tom Brydone)
A new Under 21 Slam was launched for season 2013/14 to further improve the pathway for junior curlers from the Under 14 age group through Under 17 to Under 21. It is hoped this will revitalise and raise the profile of existing Under 21 competitions and offer aspiring Under 21 teams the opportunity to develop their potential in competition formats that simulate experiences at national finals.
Junior curlers have a proven track record in making the successful transition to mainstream national and international championships. Past Under 17 Slam Champion Lauren Gray went on to become World Junior Champion in 2012, compete in the final of The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Women’s Championship in 2013 and was then chosen to play alternate for Team Muirhead at this year’s World Women’s Championship where they won Gold. Lauren (far left) pictured with Team Muirhead on their triumphant return as World Champions.
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is delighted to be working with Asham on these events and the Asham Slams Calendar for the 2013-14 season is as follows:
Asham Under 17 Slam 1: 28-29 September Lockerbie
Asham Under 21 Slam 1: 4-6 October Kinross
Asham Under 14 Slam 1: 13 October Braehead (Glasgow)
Asham Under 21 Slam 2: 8-10 November Inverness
Asham Under 17 Slam 2: 30-31 November Greenacres (East Renfrewshire)
Asham Under 17 Slam 3: 14-15 December Hamilton
Asham Under 21 Slam 3: 20-22 December Lockerbie
Asham Under 17 Slam 4: 28-29 December Forfar
Asham Under 21 Slam 4: 10-12 January Greenacres (East Renfrewshire)
Asham Under 14 Slam 2: 18 January Aberdeen
Asham Under 17 Slam 5: 1-2 March Perth
Asham Under 14 Slam 3: 8 March Lockerbie