Rhona to Champion Try Curling at Opening of New Store
Rhona Howie (Martin) MBE, Olympic Gold Medal winner and Scotland’s Curling champion will be officially opening Oak Furniture Land’s brand new Glasgow store from 11.00pm – 12.00pm on Saturday 9th November. Rhona is promoting The Royal Caledonian Curling Club’s (RCCC) Try Curling initiative, which aims to attract new curlers to the sport and increase public awareness of curling. This will be Rhona’s first public appearance since the announcement that her 2002 Olympic gold medal win has been voted one of the top 10 Team GB Winter Olympic moments of all time.
When: 11.00am – 12.00pm, Saturday 9th November 2013
Where: Oak Furniture Land, Unit 6 Great Western Retail Park Glasgow G15 6RX
Oak Furniture Land is the UK’s largest retailer of solid and hardwood furniture. Bill Dawson, Oak Furniture Land Glasgow store manager says: “We are looking forward to Rhona officially opening the store and welcoming customers through the door. This is our second store in Glasgow and the fourth in Scotland, and to celebrate the official opening we’re offering our customers £25 off their first purchase, when spend £250 or more in-store.”
Rhona Howie, says, “I’m looking forward to being part of the official opening of the new Oak Furniture Land store, it’s great to have more local shopping choices and great to see new Scottish jobs being created. I’m proud to be involved in the Try Curling Initiative especially with the Winter Olympic season upon us it’s important that we attract new people to the sport to make sure we have future curlers to follow in the footsteps of our mens and ladies teams going to Sochi Russia in February 2014, I am working hard on a daily basis with the ladies team and I hope both teams are successful. I’m also looking forward to saying a public thank you to everyone who has supported me and Scottish Curling over the years. I hope local Glaswegians come along to the store and find out how they can get involved in this initiative and our exciting sport.”
Steve Knight, Oak Furniture Land’s Regional Manager says, “The new Glasgow store is a major investment in the area and plays a significant role in our on-going store opening programme across the UK, which will see us opening a new store each month for the next three years. So far this year we have created over 80 jobs nationwide. We like to support local initiatives and we’re delighted to use the occasion of our new Glasgow store opening to promote the Try Curling initiative.”
About Oak Furniture Land
Oak Furniture Land is the UK’s largest retailer of solid and hardwood furniture, and sells high quality oak, mango and mahogany furniture at reduced prices. Oak Furniture Land started trading as an internet only business 4 years ago and now has over 40 stores nationwide (as of July 2013). This tremendous growth rate lead to the company being vote one of the fastest growing companies in 2010 and 2011 by the Sunday Times fast Track 100 league table.
About Rhona Howie
Rhona Howie (Martin) MBE – is an Olympic Gold Medalist former curler from Scotland now turned BBC broadcaster, she is the current GB and Scottish head curling coach at the sportscotland institute of sport, currently coaching the Team GB ladies team going to the Winter Olympics in February. Rhona famously skipped the team at Salt Lake City and threw the ‘stone of destiny’ which decided the Olympic gold watched by nearly 6 million people live. Rhona carried the London 2012 Olympic torch through Glasgow and was a games ambassador, she was a competitive curler for over 20 years at Scottish and GB level and retired in 2007. She was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Visit www.trycurling.com for more about curling and to find the latest taster sessions and beginners classes taking place across Scotland.