Borders Ice Rink Curling Club have been no stranger to success over the last 50 years and now, on their Golden Anniversary year, they have even more to celebrate.
For they have won the bid to host one of the most prestigious curling competitions in Scotland.
The Henderson Bishop Finals, ran by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) Ladies section, will be held at Kelso in February 2015 and Nina Clancy, Border Ladies Vice-President, told The Southern: “It is a tremendous honour to hold this competition. The best ladies rinks from all over Scotland will take part. We are very excited.
“We won the bid because we have one of the best facilities in Scotland and the RCCC and Kelso in particular has to offer.”
Twenty teams will take part in the national competition held over four days, while competitors and their supporters will also be able to relax and enjoy the rest of the Scottish Borders.
Elsewhere the club have been enjoying the knock-on effects of the Winter Olympics and are hoping for a big turn out at their Come and Try sessions which kicked-off on Monday.
Gary Craig, Border Curling Development Group Chair, told us: “We have certainly noticed a new enthusiasm for the sports since the start of the Olympics.”
Sports fans inspired by the success of Team GB’s men and women now have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Eve Muirhead and Dave Murdoch through free local taster sessions with a qualified coach. All the necessary equipment, such as stones and brooms, as well as training aids will be available so all you need are a pair of trainers and some warm clothing.
“Curling enthusiasts of all ages and all abilities (including those with a disability and those in a wheelchair) are welcome to come along and get involved,” added Gary.
Border Ice Rink Come & Try sessions: Saturday, March 1 (9.15am-11:30am and 1.30pm-3.30pm); Thursday, March 6 (12.15pm-1.45pm).
For further information or to register please contact Liz Cullen at email@example.com or telephone 01573 224 774/07745 428 130.
Each session is free of charge.
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