CurlFest is an exciting new national campaign which rolled out across ten ice rinks from 8th – 15th of October 2017.
CurlFests’ varied from location to location but included lots of fun – bungee runs, meet the Olympians, face painting and on ice games were some examples of the activities that took place. It was a fantastic opportunity for ice rinks to open their doors to the whole community, raising awareness of the sport in Scotland and attracting potential new curlers.
Across the ten ice rinks almost 500 people of all ages and abilities got involved in curling for the first time and were invited back along to the next Try Curling sessions. (Dumfries had 30 people on the day sign up for future Try Curling sessions!) We raised over £2000 across our ten locations for CurlFest’s charity partner Cash for Kids
and the mascot ‘Courage the Cat’ even made an appearance at a few of our ice rinks! CurlFest was a massive success and we are already looking ahead to next season, getting more ice rinks involved and benefiting from the event. Have a read at some of our case studies to find out how some of the ice rinks got on
CURLFEST FUN AT KINROSS CURLING
“An enjoyable ‘CurlFest’ was held at Kinross Curling rink on Sunday 8 October 2017.
The event was part of a national initiative by the sport’s governing body, the Royal
Caledonian Curling Club, to raise awareness of curling. Organiser Ena Stevenson said:
“People enjoyed the event and I’m delighted that several have signed up for our Try
Curling and Beginners courses.”
“We had a tremendous turnout of 61 new curlers taking to the ice for #CurlFest.
There was a tombola, a quiz and even a magic show! Thank you to all the volunteers –
administrators, bakers, coaches, helpers, and the spectators who turned out to support
our event. Pictured are members of the Boys Brigade – in historic costume, enjoying an
on ice session.”
“A great success! We had over 90 people, new to curling, who came along to see
what our great game was all about. There was also a fantastic response from Ayr CC
members, who manned the stalls, baked the cakes, bought the raffle tickets and brought
their friends to make a great atmosphere…We had face painting, home baking
and a tombola; as well as curling, of course. Thanks to Margaret Morton and Scott
Andrews who took time to come along and show their Olympic Medals, as well as an
extremely dedicated committee who made our Curlfest so enjoyable.”