What do Judith McFarlane and Andy Cameron have in common? Aside that is from featuring on this blog recently. They are both trying to establish new events in the Scottish curling calendar.
Judith is the Royal Club's Development Manager and is looking to make the Homecoming Scotland International Curling Camp a success. The camp will run from July 19-25 at the Dumfries Ice Bowl and the Barony College.
The camp is open to junior curlers aged 16-21 and will provide on-ice and classroom curling sessions led by experienced international coaches. There will also be other off-ice activities to celebrate the year of Homecoming Scotland. Further information and contact details can be found here.
Readers of this blog can help. If you have contacts abroad with connections to junior curling, then please let them know of this opportunity to spend a fun and educational week in Scotland. And of course, there are places for curlers from the UK too.
At the other end of the country, the rink in Elgin will host the first Moray International Curling Bonspiel, April 18-19. Any four curlers, four game guarantee. Emphasis is on the social side of the game as much as the competition on the ice. There are still a few places left in the draw for teams from home or abroad.
It's not everyday that the curling spotlight focuses on the Elgin Leisure Centre, and it would be really great if this competition gets off the ground well in its first year. There is certainly a market for 'out of season' events throughout Europe. Full marks to Andy for his initiative.
Contact him at andycameron1179 /at/ talktalk.net if you need more information.
It's hard to get new events going. I hope both these ventures get the support they deserve. SPREAD THE WORD.