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ABOUT FENTON'S RINK

Fenton's Rink is England's only dedicated ice curling rink. Whilst there are other ice rinks in England they are used exclusively for skating and ice hockey which makes the ice too sticky for curling. Curling really needs properly prepared ice in an ice rink dedicated to the sport. Having been a frustrated curler in England for over 30 years, Ernest Fenton, an exiled Scot, decided to create a 3-lane dedicated curling rink on his estate near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Fenton’s Rink opened in November 2004 with an International Bonspiel, which attracted competitors from all over the world. Curling has been an Olympic Winter sport since 1988 and Curling is one of the few Olympic winter sports everyone can try. The sport of Curling is suitable for young and old, and can be played as a social or competitive sport. The spirit of curling demands good sportsmanship and honourable conduct.

Fenton’s Rink has qualified curling coaches available to teach and encourage beginners. Whether your focus is learning a new skill, or bonding with your friends or team mates, trying this exciting winter sport is great fun and you are sure to have a memorable experience. Many new curlers go on to join a local club for regular curling. You will also have the opportunity to join the English Curling Association , which in turn is part of the World Curling Federation. Fenton’s Rink also attracts experienced curlers from across Southern England and has created opportunities for them to play regularly and competitively.

Fenton’s Rink is open over the winter season from October to April inclusive and we look forward to welcoming you or your party soon.

Our Coaches

JONATHAN HAVERCROFT

JONATHAN HAVERCROFT

Senior coach is JONATHAN HAVERCROFT, a very experienced curler and coach. Jonathan is a Canadian now living in England. He has played on World Curling Tour events, successfully played and coached in Canadian and US University championships, is a past director and secretary of the US Curling Association - and much more.  Jonathan holds a Level Two Royal Caledonian Curling Club coaching qualification. 

 
LISA FARNELL

LISA FARNELL

Another Canadian and a  recent arrival in England and IS a welcome addition to the Rink coaching team.  Lisa was actively involved as a player in the Ontario Junior Tour and the Canadian Junior playdowns and, as an adult, a World Tour player.  She has spent several years coaching in the highly competitive Canadain scene before moving to London.

 
OWEN REES

OWEN REES

is also a junior  coach.  Owen was introduced to curling in Canada and took up the sport again a few years ago at the rink.   He is responsible for introducing curling to a number of juniors at the school where he teaches - The Beacon School, East Sussex.  Some of his students are already participating in our elite programme.

 

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