Scottish Curling recognises that there are many people out there who would love to try Scotland’s favourite game but don’t know where to start, or if they would even be able to take part.
Wheelchair Curling has a strong following and is well-established in Scotland with thriving clubs at 12 rinks. For those who do not strive for paralympic success, wheelchair curlers of a more modest ability are also welcome at clubs. Some wheelchair clubs have options for those who want to do ‘short curling’, which does not require as much strength as the stones are not thrown the full length of the rink.
Vision Impaired Curling is beginning to grow as more coaches have received training, see the page to the right for more information.
BSL/Deaf-friendly Curling is in development. There are a small number of deaf/Deaf curlers within Scottish Curling but we have started a project to increase the resources available with the creation of new BSL signs. This will enable more people to access curling. For more information, see the page to the right.
Physical Impairments – For those with a physical impairment who do not normally use a wheelchair, curling may have seemed inaccessible. However, there are a number of people who successfully curl with prosthesis. The group Finding Your Feet recently enjoyed a successful curling session at Braehead. With care, a support can be used for balance. Others with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy take part. Some people may discover that they actually do want the security of using a wheelchair to do a seated delivery even though they do not normally use a wheelchair in everyday life. The paralympic discipline is wheelchair curling so for those with ambition and the correct classification, this is necessary.
Autism– Many Clubs around the country already welcome individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Curling has many features which can make it an ideal activity for some people with autism. For an article written by a curler with Autism, see here. Some individuals will require a higher level of support and initially a one-to-one approach will be best. A social Story-type resource is available to help introduce Curling to individuals who would benefit from this. For more advice, contact Helen Kallow, Disability Curling Development Officer.
Learning Disabilities – Kirkcaldy Inclusive Curling Group welcome curlers with a range of abilities and impairments and have had several curlers with learning disabilities curling for many years. Other rinks welcome groups from schools or adult day centres either on a one-off or more regular basis.
Scottish Curling seeks to include all participants where possible. We would ask that anyone who may need extra support contacts the rink beforehand to discuss their specific needs so that the correct support can be put in place. There may be rare times when on a particular occasion it may not be possible to provide this but we would also hope to make an alternative arrangement.