The RCCC Charitable Trust works in partnership with The Royal Caledonian Curling Club to develop its multiple curling disability pathways. The disability programmes are funded by the Scottish Curling Trust and delivered using expert Development Managers of The Royal Caledonian Curling Club. The Scottish Curling Trust works to support the advancement of public participation in sport to enable more people to further enhance their active lifestyles.
Initially disability programmes were targeted at Wheelchair Users but we are now introducing programmes and pathways for people with a Visual or Hearing Impairment.
The success of Wheelchair Curling, from inception to Paralympics in less than a decade, highlights what can be achieved in a short period of time. Already in Scotland we have 10 Wheelchair Curling Clubs affiliated to The Royal Caledonian Curling Club and have had numerous successes on the International stage including World Gold Medals and Paralympic Silver.
Curling for the Visually Impaired and for the Deaf are growing programmes within the international curling community. The inclusion of curling in the 2011 Deaflympics, and the push for a Visually Impaired World Championships and inclusion in the Paralympics, highlights the potential for more British Athletes to perform and achieve on the international stage. With these new pathways developing it is an exciting time for adaptive programmes in curling.
Participating in curling will enhance the lifestyle of our target market. With increased access to another physical activity they will receive the health benefits of participation, an increase in social interaction and inclusion with mainstream curling. The sport of curling is enjoyed by both male and females and is one of the few sports where both genders can compete together and against each other. The membership of the Royal Club ranges from 8 – 80 years old, all enjoy this ancient Scottish pastime. For those who are keen to develop their skills and increase the level at which they participate, there will be opportunity to progress through a performance pathway in each of our adaptive programmes.