Glasgow athletes have been achieving top results in curling for many years now, representing and medaling for Scotland and GB at European and World Championships.
With the profile of curling increasing over the last decade, Glasgow has welcomed the demand with open arms and consistently produces individuals and teams to compete in competitions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Braehead curling rink is situated within the shopping complex on the outskirts of the city and has eight sheets of ice dedicated specifically to curling (enough for 64 curlers at a time). The ice arena at Braehead, which is usually used for ice hockey, hosted the 2000 World Curling Championships where the top 10 teams in the World competed for the prestigious title. Annually hosting the Glynhill Ladies International, an event on the World Curling Tour, Braehead attracts curlers from all over the world.
On the other side of the city, the Lanarkshire Ice Rink in Hamilton hosts both curling and ice skating available.
Glasgow has hundreds of individual curling clubs, comprising of different individuals. New curlers usually join a club to take part in games in club leagues and challenge games against other clubs. Clubs will vary in standard and competitiveness depending on the members. The best way to find a suitable club is to ask at the within the local ice rink or speak to the Area Curling Development Officer.
The universities in Glasgow also have curling clubs which participate in a national league against the other universities in Scotland. This entails travelling to a central location to play games against other universities but offers a sociable yet competitive element.
High performance programmes in or around Glasgow
Individual curlers who are part of the ‘Performance Pathway’ (governed by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club) receive on ice training at one of the facilities on a weekly basis. Dependant on the level of support, some athletes will undertake in a Strength and Conditioning programme at the Palace of Art, near Ibrox.