Scottish Curling Set For Olympic Boost
The National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland, The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC), has launched its 2014 Try Curling initiative which aims to attract new people to the sport during the Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.
Over 2,000 people tried curling for the first time in Scotland during the last Olympic year in 2010, but with BBC Sport set to deliver its most comprehensive coverage of a Winter Games to date, it is hoped that even more people will be motivated to try curling for the first time and develop their interest in a sport which is enjoyed by all ages, genders and abilities.
To support the initiative, a new website trycurling.com has been launched to make it easy for people to get involved with hundreds of taster sessions and beginner classes searchable online, and many free of charge to attend. Users can also learn about the basics of the game, locate ice rinks and curling clubs near them, and find regional and national curling events to watch Scotland’s top curlers in action.
An added incentive for participants is that everyone attending a Try Curling session between 15th February and 9th March 2014 will be in with the chance of winning a place at the RCCC’s Try Curling Champions event in April where they will be able to meet Team GB’s curling Olympians on their return from the Sochi Games.
2002 Olympic Gold Medal winner Rhona Howie (Martin) is supporting the initiative and commented, ““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 men’s and women’s teams going to Sochi Russia”.
Over 20 ice rinks across Scotland will be hosting Try Curling sessions and The Royal Caledonian Curling Club is also working with British Curling to promote similar initiatives taking place across the UK primarily in England and Wales.
Try Curling aims to raise public awareness of curling in Scotland, increase participation in the sport and membership of RCCC affiliated clubs, and promote curling facility usage across the country.
Photos: Brad Askew.