First Portable Curling Facility opens in Turku, Finland
The World Curling Federation is pleased to report its first Portable Curling Facility (PCF) has been completed and is now open in Turku, Finland.
President Kate Caithness travelled to help open the facility this week.
She said: “One of the biggest challenges that many of our Member Associations (MA) face is having access to dedicated curling ice. The purpose of the Portable Curling Facility initiative is to diminish this challenge for grassroot, aspiring and competitive curlers.
“Building the first facility is a major step to achieving this, therefore, I am delighted to see our trial rink completed and now in use. I’m also excited to hear how it helps the Finnish Curling Association and how it can benefit other MAs.”
In April 2015, The CopperHill Curling Club, in Turku was chosen as the site to trial the initiative. The Finnish Curling Association won its bid from amongst 16 applications that were submitted by Member Associations – including Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Serbia, United States and Wales.
The PCF initiative was developed following advances in technology and equipment that have seen curling clubs being successfully run out of insulated tents. It was then given the go-ahead at the World Curling Congress 2014, in Reno-Tahoe, United States.
It is hoped that these portable facilities could be the stepping-stone for Member Associations to progress from the shared arena environment with other ice sports, to dedicated curling facilities, without the huge financial investment required for a traditional dedicated building.
The World Curling Federation facilitates the growth and development of curling worldwide. It works closely with and mentors established, new and prospective Member Associations and employs a team of Competitions and Development Officers (CDOs) to run quality programmes, camps, courses and produce resources to aid the growth of the sport.
Also, through various grants, programmes and training the World Curling Federation aims to help Member Associations build dedicated curling facilities worldwide, in order to develop all Curling Disciplines and raise the standard of the sport worldwide.
News charting the progress of the PCF initiative:
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