Disabled curlers can bank on ice time after cash boost

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WHEELCHAIR curlers in the Borders can keep on rolling thanks to a lucrative funding boost.

The Borders Wheelchair Curling Club has secured funding of £2,500 from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland to contribute to ice costs at Kelso Ice Rink.

The club has been running for 10 years, and around 20 people take part every week from September to March.

Valerie Robertson, the group’s secretary, told TheSouthern: “As well as getting people involved in curling which keeps them active, all the members benefit from the social aspect of being involved in a club.

“In an area like the Borders this is really important as it is easy for people with disabilities to become isolated because there are very limited opportunities for them.

“Everyone in the club has a disability, but we focus on what we can do and have great fun as well.

“We also compete in events across the country and have been very successful.

“We take part in the Borders Curling league, playing against non-disabled clubs, as well as competing in the Scottish Wheelchair Championships and pairs competitions. It goes without saying that, unless we are able to hire ice to practice and play on, none of this would happen so having this funding is fantastic.”

Mary Craig OBE, chief executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, said: “I know just how hard work curling is as I’ve been lucky enough to visit Borders Wheelchair Curling Club in the past and had a go at the sport. I have a long way to go before I reach the standard of the club, but it is great to have been able to assist in the funding of this group that delivers so much for everyone involved. While this is a competitive sport, it is also great fun and fabulous way for people to get to know each other as there is such a strong team element to it.

“We wish the club a very successful year.”

This is the fifth award from the foundation, bringing the total support to just over £26,700. The club is always keen to hear from people who would like to join. Those interested should call Valerie Robertson on 01896 823690.