Curling is known as “The Roaring Game” from the sound that the stones used to make on the ice when played out-doors. Today, the in-door ice and the stones are much better prepared so the noise is less obvious but the enthusiasm is just the same.
Founded in 1790, Jedburgh Curling Club is one of the oldest in Scotland. Curling took place for many years on a pond at the top of Lanton Hill, before moving to a site in the town and finally, to Kelso Ice Rink in 1964, where Jedburgh is one of over twenty clubs which use the rink’s excellent facilities. Curling is a winter sport and from October to March. Regular competitions within Jedburgh club, together with inter-club events, provide a varied programme for curlers of all abilities and ages. There are few sports which offer equal opportunities for enjoyment to such a wide range of enthusiasts; eight to eighty+ year-olds, male and female players and people with disabilities compete against one another regularly and keenly. Saturday morning sessions with qualified coaches help newcomers to gain confidence and skills and are a good opportunity to meet other players and join in the social side of the game in the cafeteria or bar – just as important as the competition!
Jedburgh Club is keen to have new members. It’s never too late to try something new, so if you’re looking for a way to meet new people, improve your fitness, liven up the winter months, learn a new skill, then this could be the sport for you. Each season there are early-evening “Come and Try” sessions at Kelso Ice Rink. Members of Jedburgh Club, together with a qualified coach, will be there to welcome you and show you the basics of the game. If you would like to come along to one of these sessions or would like to try your hand at curling at another time to suit, then please contact:
President A McFadzen 01835 850741
Vice president W Frost 01835 864226
Match Secretary M Frost 01835 8643226
Other useful contacts are:- The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) at http://royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org where you will find information on the national and international game.
And the curling page of the Borders Ice Rink (BIR) at http://www.bordericerink.co.uk/id166.html