Young ‘Roaring’ Fans Bring Life to Euro Champs
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 12:31pm
Excerpt from FEATURE: Young ‘roaring’ fans bring life to Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2016 by Michael Houston, World Curling Federation feature writer:
Curling is often stereotyped as the old man’s game, but Scotland are determined to flip this old chestnut on its head, with their legacy programme, aiming to invest in the future of the sport.
The Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2016 is their first international event in four years and is aiming to increase engagement among youngsters by giving school children the opportunity to watch some of Europe’s best curlers at the games – in the hope that they can inspire more children to take up the sport.
Ailidh Hood, who is the Development Manager of Scotland’s curling body, The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC), has been in charge of the project and is encouraged by what she has seen so far.
“The kids are loving it, they’re singing the chants, they’re waving their flags and they’ve been engaging with it so far. There’s a lot of school teachers asking how they can get their kids to try curling themselves which is really what the whole point of this was,” she says.
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