Stirling Curling Group

Stirling Curling Group at

The Peak Scoreboard

 The group pursues the interests of all people curling at The Peak Ice Rink, Stirling, Scotland.

 

  •   To be a collective voice for all clubs and groups using The Peak Ice Rink
  •   To support the Development Officer to develop curling
  •   To manage The Peak Competitions and Leagues
  •   To liaise with Active Stirling on behalf of all curlers and to manage the relationship between Active Stirling and all curlers.


Membership is open to all clubs and groups  involved with the sport of curling at The Peak Ice Rink.

NCA Curling

The Peak Ice Rink has a main arena with six sheets available for general curling. In a separate annex is the Scottish Curling Nation Curling Academy with four sheets of ice. This facility is first and foremost a training facility and is fitted out with all the equipment necessary for British and Scottish teams to prepare for Olympic and World Championships. Clubs and individual curlers can be allocated any spare ice that is not being used by these elite players.

Ice can be booked through the Peak Booking system online; the Active Stirling APP Active Stirling APP or alternatively come in and enquire at the front desk.

 More details on the Peak Website.

 

“Bounce Back” to Curling Week

Monday 23rd August to Friday 27th August 2021

We all look forward to the start of the 2021-22 curling season at the end of August. It has been some 14 months since most of us last delivered a stone and conscious of the fact that curlers will need some practice to re-gain their curling feet and to get used to the ice, Stirling Curling Group in partnership with Active Stirling, Scottish Curling, Stirling Ladies Section, Stirling Wheelchair CC and the Curling Coaches have organised a pre-season “Bounce Back” to Curling week, running from Monday 23rd August to Friday 27th August 2021, with a range of refresher events and fun bonspiels.
In order to support this initiative and to encourage as many curlers to return to curling and for them to have sufficient practice time to best prepare themselves for season start in the following week, Active Stirling are offering the ice free of charge. This amazing offer has been supported by the Curling Coaches who have offered their time also free of charge. The Doune Rosebowl, the annual SCG Opening Bonspiel, will as usual have an
entry fee.


The various events scheduled for the week consist of practice sessions with coaching support, Informal practice/games, a friendly/informal Doubles Competition and various Fun Bonspiels including a Funspiel and a Rule Change Bonspiel and a North of Forth vs South of Forth Bonspiel. A fuller description of each event is given below. In recognising that some Clubs may be more cautious, the organisers have agreed to reach out to individual curlers for entry to the events which will be via an on-line Entry Form, the web-link for which will be sent out shortly. The event is inclusive and open to all curlers whose Clubs curl at the Peak.

Event Environment:

The vast majority of Scotland is now in level 2 with the weekly rates for positive tests below 50 per 100,000 of population and this, along with the successful vaccine rollout give some degree of comfort that restrictions should be somewhat eased by mid August and curling will resume towards the end of August. It is anticipated that entry to the Ice Hall will be through the main entrance and all 6 sheets will be available for use. Updated guidance, is awaited, from SportScotland and Scottish Curling on the finer details but current thinking is that games will be undertaken as normal but with 1 sweeper only and with some social distancing still in place.

Full Schedule of Events

Club Competition Doune Rosebowl Wednesday 25th August 3:00pm and 6:00pm

 

Indoor Grand Match 2020

Indoor Grand Match Postponed to October 2022

In a time of milder winters, the Indoor Grand Match is based on the traditional Grand Matches which are held on a frozen loch when temperatures and ice conditions permit. The first Indoor Grand Match was held to celebrate the millennium, and due to its success, it has continued every five years since.

An imaginary line will be drawn between the River Forth and River Clyde to decide the two sides, and games will be held at around 17 participating ice rinks across Scotland, with clubs opting to either play at home or away. Scores are tallied at the end of all the games with the winning side being the one with the most points.

The Grand Match is deeply embedded in the heritage of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, so we hope that all of our clubs will be able to join us in celebrating the indoor version 

Message from Bruce Crawford CEO of Scottish Curling

Following recent consultation with key staff and volunteers at Scottish Curling, and with input from Mike Ferguson as the Chairman of SIRA, we have decided to postpone the Indoor Grand Match (originally due to be played in October 2020) to October 2022.  

Scheduling the event for 2021 has become more challenging due to the ongoing uncertainty related to COVID-19 and the fact that most ice rinks will be reopening in September/October 2021 after an 18-month closure period.

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of curlers and we are committed to getting curlers into their local ice rinks when they reopen and help them to become comfortable curling in the ice rink that they are used to playing in. For this event in particular we want to ensure curlers can enjoy both the on ice and social aspects of the day as we have done in the past.  

We are hopeful that in 2022 we will all have returned to more normal circumstances and be able to plan for an Indoor Grand Match without restrictions. We will consult with ice rinks on the best possible date for the event in 2022 and will communicate the notice in good time.

Clubs who have yet to request a refund can do so by completing the refund form here. Alternatively entry fees can be retained for the 2022 event. Please note requests for refunds will be processed by BACS by the end of the June 2021.

Best wishes,

Bruce Crawford
CEO | Scottish Curling

Due to Stirling District moving to LEVEL 4 lockdown restrictions, there will now be no curling either in the NCA or the main arena. All arrangements for temporary leagues are now on hold. We can only plan for a restart when the national lockdown is removed and Stirling is placed in LEVEL 2. As we have arranged leagues and received teams to play in these leagues, this can be rolled out as soon as go ahead is given.