The rink gets off to a flying start for the new season with a full house from 10am to 10pm on Saturday 4th October. The surge of interest experienced during the Sochi Winter Olympics has carried over into the new season and October bookings are almost double those of a year ago. Long may it continue!
As always, the regular Tuesday Leagues have taken some time to get organised, as we try to deal with everyone’s particular circumstances. It’s amazing how complex it can be trying to figure out the teams while dealing with late forms, changes in peoples’ availability, travel arrangements, etc, etc. Anyway, that’s all done for another season and we are looking forward to a full programme of league play on Tuesdays and monthly Saturday League too.
Several of our juniors have now moved on the university, or gap years, so the numbers look somewhat depleted at present. Nevertheless, there will be elite coaching fortnightly through the season. The Schools Competition is the main source of junior curlers and we hope to have a greater number of teams taking part this year. KSJCC has achieved some funding here, and this should help to attract some more schools to offer curling to their students.
It’s astonishing to think that this is our 11th season at Fenton’s Rink. We have seen curling become a very popular night out for a wide variety of people, although this does not translate readily into such players taking up curling as a regular sport. Nevertheless, the popularity of occasional curling enables the facility to remain viable, and provides regular curlers with a place to play!