Indoor Grand Match To Return in 2015 with Major Sponsor
Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:16pm
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) is pleased to announce a new sponsorship deal with award winning independent financial advisers, Alan Steel Asset Management (ASAM), for its 2015 Indoor Grand Match.
The new sponsorship deal was welcomed by Alan Steel and RCCC President David Henderson at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh where Charles Lees’ iconic painting ‘The Grand Match at Linlithgow Loch’ (1849) is now on display following a successful restoration campaign (pictured). Linlithgow hosted the second ever Grand Match in 1848 which attracted around 6,000 spectators. The scene was forever immortalised in Charles Lees’ famous painting so it is fitting that Linlithgow based ASAM are set to continue this proud association with the sport of curling by supporting the 2015 Indoor Grand Match.
Over 2000 curlers are expected to take part in the battle of North of Scotland versus South of Scotland on 24th October 2015. The Indoor Grand Match is a spin off event based on the traditional Grand Matches which are held on a frozen loch when temperatures and ice conditions permit. The indoor version was initiated in the year 2000 to celebrate the millennium and due to its success has continued every five years since.
An imaginary line is drawn between the River Forth and River Clyde to decide the two sides and games held at around 17 participating ice rinks across Scotland. Scores are compiled at the conclusion of all the games with the winner being the side with the most points.
Alan Steel said “ASAM is delighted to be working with The Royal Caledonian Curling Club as the main sponsor of the prestigious Indoor Grand Match in 2015. As a firm we actively support sport and sporting figures, including local Scottish golfing hero Stephen Gallacher. This sponsorship opportunity is ideal as it ties into our long-standing presence in Linlithgow from 1975, our 40th anniversary in 2015 and the RCCC’s outstanding work in fundraising for artist Charles Lees’ masterpiece The Grand Match at Linlithgow Loch.”
David Henderson, President of The Royal Caledonian Curling Club added “Curling is increasing in popularity on the back of the Olympic and Paralympic medal success for Scottish curlers earlier this year. Curling is a game enjoyed by thousands of people all over Scotland and this event is a rare occasion when clubs meet to play against each other in a friendly and sociable competition where every shot counts in the great “north versus south” challenge. The competition in 2015 will be the fourth Indoor Grand Match and we are delighted to be working with Alan Steel Asset Management to make it a truly memorable occasion.”
Alan Steel Asset Management have been serving clients across the world from the historic town of Linlithgow for almost forty years, advising over 4000 client families totalling some £800 million of assets.
Event information will be circulated in due course to all RCCC curling clubs and participating ice rinks so look out for more Indoor Grand Match news soon.
Photos © Lewis Segal