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Highland schools encouraged to bring curling to the classroom on back of Team GB success

By Niall Harkiss

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The national governing body Scottish Curling hopes youngsters will take an interest in the sport following the success of the Team GB women.
The national governing body Scottish Curling hopes youngsters will take an interest in the sport following the success of the Team GB women.

Primary schools in the Highlands are being invited to join a nationwide initiative to introduce children to the sport of curling.

The national governing body Scottish Curling is making a fresh appeal to schools to help youngsters learn more about the sport in the wake of Team GB winning curling gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Great Britain, led by Scottish curler Eve Muirhead, won the women's final 10-3 against Japan, the joint biggest winning margin in a final since curling was reintroduced as a sport in 1998.

The men’s team picked up silver after finishing as runners-up to Sweden in the final.

Now Scottish Curling is looking to schools across the country to introduce the next generation of curling hopefuls to the sport, with the launch of a resource pack.

The pack has been designed to include a number of curling activities for both the classroom and gym hall, making for an exciting and educational introduction to the sport for children of primary age.

Included within the pack are a number of sessions plans for floor curling, which can be incorporated into curriculum PE lessons or used to structure extracurricular clubs.

The resource will complement further stages to the programmes and structure that Scottish Curling already provides for development of young curlers.

The pack also acts as a precursor for the Curling’s Cool programme which will see pupils in P7 attend a four-week block of sessions at local ice rinks.

Maggie Wilson, head of development for Scottish Curling, said: "Young people across Scotland have been inspired by watching the Olympic Games. The schools pack allows us to access schools who have previously not been able to experience curling due to their location.

"We hope that the resource can help young people across some of the Highlands’ more rural communities to sample a taste of this Scottish sport through classroom activities.

"Schools in and around Inverness are also encouraged to come along to Inverness Ice Centre to try the sport on the ice."

To find out more, or to register interest, visit Scottish Curling at www.scottishcurling.org/new-curling-resource-pack-for-primary-schools

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