Development underway for World Curling Academy resources
The World Curling Academy, a new global structure for the World Curling Federation’s development programmes and educational resources, is actively working towards launching a dedicated website and its first online education programmes.
The new website will house all the online resources that will be produced. Broadly, the courses and resources that will be created will centre on curling instruction leading into coaching, umpiring and ice making.
Scott Arnold, World Curling’s Head of Development, said: “This is an exciting time in the development of the World Curling Academy. Over the coming weeks, we will be debuting our new website.
“A new video series produced in partnership with Rock Solid Productions Inc. will be the first item to populate the site. After registering for the Academy, nine videos will be made available showing how to use floor curling to introduce our sport and how to transition from ice-less curling to participation on-ice.
“The videos will initially be available in six languages – English, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin. Online learning modules for ice technicians, umpires and coaches are being developed and courses will be launched this coming season.”
The initial course available will be the Rules of Curling aimed at athletes, umpires and officials. Coach and umpire courses have previously been held in-person in Fuessen, Germany and will now be online under the World Curling Academy.
Ice-tech courses will remain in-person. Participants will complete an online component prior to arriving to the course. It is intended that the locations of these courses will eventually be held in all three of the World Curling zones – Americas, European and Pacific-Asia.
First Stone initiative
In addition, the Academy will be piloting a new programme, First Stone. This is an introductory curling course held at clubs where the participants will receive half hour of instruction prior to a half hour on-ice session. These participants can register through the World Curling Academy to gain access to educational curling materials. Progression for participants who wish to continue curling after First Stone will be registering for a multiple session Learn2Curl programme.
The World Curling Academy is being established now and will be aimed at the Federation’s 61 Member Associations and other interested parties in the global curling community.