Ayr Curling club AGM 8th August,2019
Development group update report
Your curling development group has met throughout the season on a regular basis. The development group membership is open to all at Ayr and focusses on opportunities to improve curling at all levels. We have representation from Juniors, Coaching, Ayrshire curlers and curling clubs.
Our current members are- Lynne Rowley chair, Neil Sands- secretary, Iain Wilkie treasurer, Murray Stevenson, Bobby Ireland, Jim Boswell and Bert Andrew and our development officer Scott Andrews.
Our Direct Club Investment (DCI) funding was awarded in October and we recruited our development officer Scott Andrews officially in his new role in November. Our funding with Sport Scotland and in partnership with Scottish Curling is decreasing year on year, reducing their support over a 4 year period until we have secure business modelling in place to finance the officer on our own.
We have DCI targets for the season as well as Scottish curling targets.
These include coaching development, curler development and club membership. To date we have met most of the targets and are optimistic we will have achieved 90% of year 1 targets before the deadline in October.
Our season 18-19 began with a bang with a newcomers bonspiel- all the new curlers who had completed lessons last season were invited to come and play and we invited 2 curlers from each curling club to form rinks with them- the idea was for new curlers to meet the wider curling family and get comfortable on the ice again- our hope was to welcome new curlers into the clubs and encourage them to play as much as possible- our thanks go to James Galloway who made ice available for us and also the coaches who had to step in and play when we had some last minute call offs. With disnae virtual club players featuring in winning rinks in Ayrs weekend bonspiels throughout the season, we feel it was a success and plan to run future events like this going forward.
Virtual club membership increased from 10 to 30 people with Ayr sending 2 rinks to the virtual bonspiel at Braehead.
We created a new curlers pack including an introduction welcome letter from Ayr curling president and details of all the clubs that curl at Ayr. This is available on the webpage, by clicking here, as a download and hard copies for everyone that completes lessons.
Our development officer Scott has continued as coaching co-ordinator working with head coach Kirsty Letton ensuring coaches are supported and we have cover for all of our activities throughout the season.
We have had 13 primary schools attending with Bob Forrest taking responsibility for the school sessions. Working with Active Schools and South Ayrshire Council we have built a good relationship and hoping to increase our school sessions for the forthcoming season.
Our Development Officer arranged a number primary school visits in the summer months to demonstrate new age curling and has increased dates available with Active Schools to entice more school participation in the ice rink this coming season.
We have had nearly 200 people come to the ice rink to try curling.
We ran another session with Ayrshire Sportability -60 children attended for sportability day. We had support from students at Ayrshire college on the day and hope to engage with them this coming season and build on their curling and coaching experience.
We have had great success with corporate events through the season. Working in partnership with Glenapp hotel and Hendricks gin. We have hosted a wedding party where 73 people tried curling for the afternoon and were collected from the airport and bussed to the icerink then were wined and dined as a surprise experience. We have had summer ice available thanks to Ayrshire curlers and the Board enabling income generation. We have hosted 6 sessions so far and introduced 100 people to curling as part of Hendricks team building activities. We also have 5 more sessions booked in between Aug – Oct.
The Development Group noted that there were only 20 brushes down on the ice and with groups of 60-70 coming in we required more. The Development Group invested £620 on new brushes to be donated to the icerink to enable us to provide enjoyable sessions for all.
Scott is looking to run several workshops throughout the season as training for members. At this point a date and content has not been decided however, some ideas would be Stick delivery, Video Analysis, Sweeping, Mixed Doubles.
We are running a level 1 coaching course on Sunday 22nd for anyone who is interested in becoming a coach.
We have had an enjoyable and productive season and we look forward to building on this success in season 19-20.
Chair Ayr Development group