The Scottish Curling Trust works in partnership with Scottish Curling to develop its multiple curling disability pathways. The disability programmes are funded by the Scottish Curling Trust and delivered using experienced staff from the Scottish Curling.
The Scottish Curling Trust works to support the advancement of public participation in sport to enable more people to further enhance their active lifestyles.
Initially disability programmes were targeted at Wheelchair Users but we are now introducing programmes and pathways for people with a Vision Impairment, people who are D/deaf, those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Learning Disability, and those with other Physical Impairments who are not wheelchair users.
The success of Wheelchair Curling, from inception to Paralympics in less than a decade, highlights what can be achieved in a short period of time. Already in Scotland we have 12 Wheelchair Curling Clubs affiliated to Scottish Curling and have had numerous successes on the international stage including World and Paralympic medals.
Curling for Vision Impaired and Deaf people are growing programmes within the international curling community. The inclusion of curling in the 2011 Deaflympics, and the push for a Vision Impaired World Championships and inclusion in the Paralympics, highlights the potential for more British Athletes to perform and achieve on the international stage. With these new pathways developing it is an exciting time for adaptive programmes in curling.
Participation in curling is proven to enhance lifestyle. With increased access to physical activity participants will receive the health benefits of active sport, an increase in social interaction and inclusion within curling. The sport of curling is enjoyed by both male and females and is one of the few sports where both genders can compete together and against each other. The membership of Scottish Curling ranges from 8 – 80+ years old, all enjoy this challenging and enjoyable sport. For those who are keen to develop their skills and increase the level at which they participate, there will be opportunity to progress through a performance pathway in each of our adaptive programmes.
For more information, please contact Helen Kallow, Scottish Curling Disability Development Officer
0131 333 3003