Coaching Disabled Curlers
Curling is accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, most of the barriers are ones put up by people. Coaches often feel they don’t have the skills to coach disabled participants but with a little planning, you can make a difference. Often, very little training is required, just a willingness to see the person as an individual. Good coaches already recognise the need to differentiate activities for different ability levels. Inclusive curling offers ALL learners with a disability or impairment the opportunity to realise their full potential in curling by providing options appropriate to their individual needs, abilities and environment.
We would like to see coaches who are confident to:
- Focus on ability rather than disability
- Support the inclusion of disabled people in curling
- Understand how to challenge real and perceived barriers
- Know where to go to for further information
Through the Disability Curling Development Officer, Scottish Curling would like to support coaches in whatever way they need it to be able to welcome more people into curling. Please do not hesitate to contact Helen Kallow, Disability Curling Development Officer, Scottish Curling, 0131 333 3003.
The aim is to increase the resources available on this website, please suggest anything you might find helpful.
Curling and Autism – an article by a curler with Autism (links to external website)
e-learning course Coaching People with a Visual Impairment
This generic course is offered by UK coaching and introduces people to sight conditions, guiding and communicating and adapting your sessions.
Disability Inclusion Training (Curling specific) This has been developed in collaboration with Scottish Disability Sport and offers an opportunity for coaches and other volunteers to learn, contact Helen Kallow to book one in your area.
Some successful sessions have been run at the Peak, open to participants with any disability or impairment. For advice on running these and ideas for where to advertise/promote, please contact Helen Kallow
Example of poster for Curling for All Sessions – The Peak Stirling