What is Curling?
Curling is a sport played by two teams of four players (curlers) that take turns sliding polished stones (rocks) on an icy shuffleboard-like surface (curling sheet) toward a target (house). The name curling comes from the curved path that the “sweepers” can induce as the rock glides toward the house.
Each team has eight total stones, so each curler gets two attempts. A curler’s title is relative to the order in which he or she threw their first stone. The first is the Lead, then the Second, the Vice Skip, and finally the Skip. During any one curl, one player is an onlooker, one throws the stone, and the other two use curling brooms to guide the stone to the target.
The goal of curling is to accumulate the most points, and the team earns points based on how close their stone is to the house. Nevertheless, curlers do not simply aim for the house. There is a great deal of strategy involved in curling by using one’s stone to block or move the stone of an opponent.
Kirkcaldy Curling Coaching School
For over 30 years the curling school has been coaching at Fife Ice Arena.
The current instructors have a wealth of coaching experience between them, ranging from primary school tuition, wheelchair curling, novice curlers, experienced curlers to coaching some of the RCCC elite curling team.
Curling is a sport which has no age barriers and can be enjoyed by anyone from 8 to 80, and players with different levels of ability.
We run various coaching sessions throughout the season:
With the support of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club this initiative involves local Primary Schools being taught to curl. These sessions are normally held on Wednesday mornings and are 2 x 2 hour sessions over a 2 week period.
These are FREE events open to all ages and abilities, held during the season and are basic introduction sessions for people who have never tried the game of curling before. There are follow up coaching courses for those who wish to learn more about the sport.
Dedicated coaches hold these regular sessions.
Why not come along and have some fun on the ice and experience this Olympic sport.