Stirling Curling Group, in partnership with Active Stirling, have now agreed a plan for the return of curling from mid February 2021 through to March 2021.
In these unforeseen times, many clubs, particularly those with a smaller membership, and many individual curlers themselves, have decided not to return to curling until at least the New Year. Set against this is that there are many individual curlers who find themselves in a position where they wish to curl but their club/clubs do not wish to in the current climate.
The one major concern that Stirling Curling Group has is that some clubs, and maybe quite a few curlers will not come back to curling at all and that would be a disaster for the Stirling curling community, therefore, in formulating this plan, the main focus has been on finding a solution that would enable as many clubs and
curlers as possible to get back on the ice. Active Stirling’s primary focus is on the safety, welfare and wellbeing of its team members and customers and they have determined that the best way of doing that, for curling, is to restrict the Peak Ice to 3 sheets so that social distancing, whether on or off the ice, can be easily maintained and minimises the risk to an acceptable level. The new session times are given on the accompanying list below. As the National Curling Academy is a performance training environment, the layout is more suitable for social distancing and Active Stirling now have dispensation to run all 4 sheets there.
The other big risk mitigating strategy that Active Stirling are employing is to increase the time between sessions to allow for a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process to take place both before and after each session. This process will be detailed in Active Stirling’s soon to be published “Return to Curling Guidelines”.
It does mean, however, that we will be losing 1 daytime session each day from Monday through to Thursday.
Active Stirling have allocated all ice, with the exception of British Curling, Scottish Curling and Active Stirling Programmes, to Stirling Curling Group and we have determined that, to meet our aspirations detailed above,
The easiest and fairest way to operate is to set up a league system for each session in which Club Teams and individual curlers (who will be suitably grouped into their own teams), can enter a league playing at a suitable time and day for them. Although, initially, we will not limit the number of teams a single club can enter into
a particular league, we will ensure that individual curlers and smaller clubs will not lose out so some fine tuning may have to take place.
Further emails will follow soon to cover the following points:
• Rules of the leagues
• How to enter as a club and as an individual
• Payment process
• COVID compliance
• Return to curling guidelines
The proposed League format uses the Peak ice and some NCA ice. Any further available NCA ice will be available for booking 7 days in advance on an ad hoc basis. Stirling Curling Group have attempted to set up the leagues so they should be suitable for the clubs/teams that normally play on each weekday and evening.
|Monday Peak Ice||11.30 – 13.30||Monday Ladies League 1|
|14.30 – 16.30||Monday Gents League 1|
|17.30 – 19.30||Monday Evening Mixed League 1|
|20.30 – 22.30||Monday Evening Mixed League 2|
|Tuesday Peak Ice||10.00 – 12.00||Tuesday Ladies League 2|
|13.00 – 15.00||Tuesday Afternoon Mixed League|
|17.30 – 19.30||Junior Ice/ Tuesday Evening Mixed League|
|20.30 – 22.30||Peak League|
|Wednesday Peak Ice||10.00 - 12.00||Wednesday Ladies League 3|
|13.00 – 15.00||Wednesday Afternoon Ladies League & Wheelchair CC|
|17.30 – 19.30||Wednesday Evening Mixed League 1|
|20.30 – 22.30||Wednesday Evening Mixed League 2|
|Thursday Peak Ice||10.00 – 12.00||Thursday Ladies League 4|
|13.00 – 15.00||Thursday Gents League 2|
|17.30 – 19.30||Thursday Evening Mixed League 1|
|NCA Ice||18.30 – 20.30||Limited Ice available and will be used for Ad-Hoc Games|
|21.00 – 23.00||Will be used as additional sheets for Evening Mixed/Peak Leagues.|