The Scottish Curling Trust is a registered charity (SC038043) founded on 17th November 2006. It was established in order to provide greater access to and preserve the history of the sport of curling.
The Trust is a company limited by guarantee with its main aims to promote public participation in curling; to increase accessibility and make provision for disabled people and those who are impaired to introduce them to and assist them in their enjoyment of curling; to preserve, conserve, compile and display the art, heritage and culture of the sport of curling.
The Scottish Curling Trust works closely with The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC), The Scottish Wheelchair Association, Scottish Disability Sport and The World Curling Federation in order to achieve these objectives. (For a full list projects please see the Projects section of the website.)
The Scottish Curling Trust is a voluntary community organisation and is entirely operated by volunteers. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees. There are currently seven members of the Board of Trustees. (For full details please see the Board Section of this website).
One of the main aims of The Trust is to increase the number of people with disabilities participating in curling. The programme seeks to establish curling clubs for wheelchair users, deaf and visually impaired individuals in order to improve access to physical activity and promote social interaction and inclusion.
The sessions are designed to provide disabled and impaired individuals with the opportunity to enjoy the game of curling as well as help the skill level of everyone involved, facilitate a healthy lifestyle, build greater confidence and promote potential talent in disabled curling for participation in Scottish and International Championships.
A survey of local Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) branches highlighted that there was a definite need for new inclusive sports and that the demand for adaptive forms of the sports would be of a high level. This is further supported by the progress made by the RCCC’s Development Manager, which emphasises a growing desire for specialist curling disciplines in Scotland. In recent years 11 disability curling clubs have affiliated to the RCCC, with wheelchair curling clubs in Aberdeen, Elgin, Glasgow, Hamilton, Inverness, Kelso, Kinross, Lockerbie, Stirling and Stranraer and a visually impaired curling club in Kinross.
The sport of curling is enjoyed by people of all ages and genders and is one of the few sports people of all abilities and disabilities can compete together and against each other. This further creates a responsibility on the Scottish Curling Trust to start such inclusive projects which facilitate increased participation and social interaction and hence reduce the ability inequalities in the community.
Scotland is the birthplace of curling and Scottish Curling Trust is working closely with The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (the mother club for curling in Scotland) in its efforts to preserve the distinctive culture and history of curling. The Trust aims to obtain, preserve, restore and catalogue curling related artefacts which are deemed to be of historical and cultural importance. Over the years The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has amassed a large collection of curling artefacts and memorabilia which is of immeasurable importance to the history of the sport, and the Scottish Curling Trust continues to strive to conserve the history of curling for the people of Scotland and the wider world.