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WHAT IS CURLING?

 

Curling originated in Scotland, being played outdoors on frozen rivers and lakes. 

Modern curling is often described as "Chess on ice"; it is a game of skill, precision, fitness and FUN!  It is played in countries around the world. 

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THE OBJECTIVE

 

The objective is simple: to slide a granite curling stone (weighing 20kgs) from one end of the ice rink to the other (45m) to a target marked on the ice.  As the player releases the stone, the handle is twisted to the left or right, thus making the stone spin slowly as it travels down the ice. This makes it 'curl' as it travels towards its target, giving the game its name of "Curling".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HOW TO PLAY

 

Two teams of four play against each other using two stones per player and playing in turn. ALL players in the team are involved in EVERY stone played, taking turns to deliver the stone, to sweep (two players) or as  "Skip", who guides the delivery and tells the sweepers when to sweep. Sweeping can help to keep a stone on the right trajectory and make it go further than it otherwise would have done.

After everyone has played, the "End" is finished and the team whose stone(s) is/are nearest the middle of the target wins the end; one point for each stone nearer the centre than the opposition. A stone must be within the outer (12 feet in diameter) circle to count.

Currently due to Corvid-19 restrictions we are adapting the game to comply with the 'Rule of Six' where necessary. 

 
 
 
 
 

LEAGUES & COMPETITIONS

 

Fenton’s Rink hosts several leagues and junior club sessions, as well as regular tournaments for both experienced and novice curlers. Weekend competitions (called "Bonspiels" in curling parlance) are also organised where the competition involves several games over a weekend, interspersed with a liberal helping of partying! The social side of curling is very important and Fenton’s Rink also host birthday, hen and stag parties...for those who are looking for something a little different.

If you are an experienced player, or are thinking of taking up the game as a regular sport, why not get in touch with The South of England Curling Club . They handle all the leagues and regular junior training (fortnightly for new season) as well as many of the other competitions at Fenton's Rink. They also hold beginners' sessions for those who might like to have a go, but don't want to book a full curling session.