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CURLING

At last, curling has arrived in Lancashire! Our Olympic-sized rink, with four ice sheets, is open to all ages and abilities, professionals and novices alike! The curling hall is completely wheelchair friendly too! So, whether you’re curious about curling and would like to give it a go, or are one serious skip, now is your chance! We offer sessions and coaching tailored to you, so what are you waiting for? Sweep into action and let the fun begin!

In a game of curling, two teams of four play against each other, taking it in turns to throw their eight stones down the ice and at the house. The team whose stones are closest to the centre of the house (the button) after all the stones have been thrown, score the point. So if one team has two stones closest to the centre then they will score 2 points! This process is repeated for 6 – 10 ends and the team with the highest overall score wins! Brushing the stone whilst it is travelling will keep it going for longer. The stones don’t just travel straight down the ice, they are delivered with a rotation, and that is why the game is called curling! Got it?

1511

1511

Curling originated in Scotland where games were played during winter on frozen local ponds.

1838

1838

Due to growing popularity of the sport, the Grand Caledonian Curling Club was created, responsible for formulating the first official rules.

1842

1842

The Grand Caledonian Curling Club obtained royal patronage, becoming the Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC).

1860

1860

The RCCC created standardisation of rules and equipment throughout the game.

1871

1871

Preston Curling Club is formed at The Red Lion Hotel, Church Street.

 

1907

1907

Although there had been indoor ice rinks in Manchester in the late 19th century, 1907 saw the first indoor rink built in Scotland, Crossmyloof in Glasgow.

 

2004

2004

Fenton’s Rink in Kent was the first ice rink to open in the UK that remains dedicated to the sport of curling.

 

2014

2014

By 2014, Scotland became home to 22 ice rinks, all offering a place for curling.

 

2018

2018

The opening of The Flower Bowl saw the newest and most unusual curling rink open in Preston. This is the only dedicated curling rink in the North of England.