The next curling season is just a stone’s throw away and the Yarmouth Curling Association is planning to offer changes to the overall experience of the sport.
It has a number of introductory events planned. Newly elected president Rick Allwright says they are looking to introduce as many people as possible to the sport.
“Expanding our membership is imperative to the success and sustainability of the club,” he said.
The curling club opened in 1969 and is the oldest club in southwestern Nova Scotia. Last season there were approximately 120 members, however membership has been declining for a number of years.
“To interest new people to try curling or even to just visit the club we will be creating a higher quality and more unique experience here,” said Allwright.
Parts of this plan are already in the works, including a learn-to-curl program for adults. It’s designed to guide them from novice to competent ability in an eight-week program.
The club is implementing a referral program, encouraging current members to bring new people to the club. It’s also partnering with The Red Shed. Allwright hopes this will help to fill a void and attract people who may not be interested in curling but want some of the Red Shed’s fare during the winter.
The club will be hosting two provincial events this season, the U21 Southern Qualifier in November and the U15 Greenspiel Championships in February.
“Events are a great way to showcase curling to the community. We are having the best of the best in the province competing in our club,” said Allwright.
He says the economic impact of these events is expected to be over $120,000.
The club is kicking off the season by welcoming new curlers on Oct. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., to try out curling and learn what the club has to offer.
On Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. both new and seasoned curlers are invited to Hammer-Time, an event that will help “get everyone back into the swing of things” and launch the regular curling season. The Red Shed will also debut at the club on that night.
Those interested in learning about curling are invited to visit the club, attached to the Yarmouth Golf Club, on Oct. 30 or Nov. 1.
You can also follow the Yarmouth Curling Association on Facebook or call the membership coordinator Aaron Sweeney at 902-740-0245 to learn more about the options in joining the club.