Greenacres Young Curlers History
Greenacres Young Curlers – History/Information of the Club
Curling, one of the world's oldest team sports, originated in the 16th century in Scotland, where games were played during winter on frozen ponds and lochs. The earliest-known curling stones came from the Scottish regions of Stirling and Perth and date from 1511.
Greenacres Curling Club was established in 1979, created on farmland from former cow sheds. It is located just south west of Paisley, the ancient origin of the Roarin’ Game, and within line of sight of Ailsa Craig, source of the granite from which curling stones are made.
Greenacres is home to over 50 curling clubs with over 1,200 members of all ages and abilities. The rink has 6 lanes of ice, meaning that 48 curlers can play at any one time, with the ability to hire curling shoes and brushes, with expert coaching available. There is a comfortable lounge area overlooking the ice, with a licensed bar and kitchen.
Greenacres has produced some very talented curlers, to include the 2002 Olympic women’s curling gold medallist, Rhona Martin. Please refer to our ‘Successes’ / ‘Curlers’ pages for further details and information. The ice rink hosts a number of national and international competitions seasonally and attracts teams from all over the UK, Europe and rest of the world.
Greenacres Young Curlers, were established the same year the ice rink opened in 1979 and is a curling club for junior curlers up to the age of 21. All levels of ability are welcome as we have coaches to help from beginner level to the competitive level. They meet on Sunday mornings from 9.45 to 12noon and Monday afternoons from 4 – 5pm (???).
The club provides a good opportunity for young people to learn new skills, meet new people, form long lasting friendships and if keen to compete to take part in a range of competitions suited to their age and ability with potential to improve and eventually compete at high levels of national and international competition.