Introduction and club history
Heriot-Watt Curling welcomes members of all abilities from complete beginners to experienced players and will provide competitive opportunities at each ability level.
This sport dates back to the 16th century, when it was played in Scotland.
In modern times, curling has become hugely popular, with 52 countries having membership to the World Curling Federation (WCF), and massive interest in the sport during recent Winter Olympics.
Heriot-Watt Curling Club is one of the clubs that takes part in the Scottish Student Sport programme (SSS), one of 7 universities who take part in curling.
We previously had a Curling Club at Heriot-Watt, and enjoyed some success in the sport, namely, winning the Varsity Cup all 3 years it was contested. As a newly re-formed club, we hope to bring that success back to Heriot-Watt, through Varsity as well as SSS.
Our club charter
We aim to provide the following service for all our members:
- To provide an opportunity for any member to practice with the assistance of a coach at each session.
- To provide a range of competitive opportunities to allow members to compete either individually within or for the University.
- To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the club.
What does a typical season involve?
Training throughout the season is once a week. This takes place at Murrayfield Curling Rink on Wednesdays at 2:30-4:30.
We have students who are trained coaches who attend regularly.
Competitions are held throughout the year. There is a SSS league held in Perth over the season that the club participates in as well as the SSS Championship held in Stranraer. The SSS Championship is usually held on the first weekend in April. At both, clubs from universities all over Scotland compete. There is also Varsity which is contested by Edinburgh University and Heriot-Watt University. Varsity is usually contested in March.
How do I join the club?
To become a member of the club, the individual must take out membership to the Centre for Sport and Exercise at a minimum of bronze level. Silver is recommended, as it covers both semesters. Curling can then be joined for a fee of £15 for the year payable at the Sports Centre Reception or online. This covers your ice fees for the whole season, as well as your membership to our governing body (Royal Caledonian Curling Club) and Edinburgh Curling Club.
No experience is required, and there is no need to buy your own equipment, as the club can provide what is required. All that we ask is that you bring clean, grippy trainers along and that you wear warm, loose fitting clothing so that you are able to bend and move around.
For more information, come along to one of our training sessions, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org