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Liverpool Curling Club offering free curling Saturday nights

A group of international students try out curling during a free curling night on Feb. 27 at the Liverpool curling Club. - Submitted
A group of international students try out curling during a free curling night on Feb. 27 at the Liverpool curling Club. - Submitted

LIVERPOOL - Free curling on Saturday nights is drawing crowds to the Liverpool Curling Club.

The free curling is a part of an initiative sponsored by the Queens Community Health Board and the Nova Scotia government.

 The grants given to the club have enabled the group to give out free ice time as well as purchase sliders for shoes and helmets for players under 12. The government grant was for $1500 and the health board grant was for $300.

 Bertha Selig of the Liverpool Curling Club says the initiative is all about getting people in the door, keeping active, and having fun.

 The free ice time has drawn a lot of new players to the ice. On Feb. 27, around 75 international students came out to try the sport.

 A typical Saturday night at the curling club usually sees around 25 people partaking in the free curling. The canteen and bar are also open during that time so there’s a socializing aspect to the evening as well.

Selig says getting new people out on the ice has helped drum up rentals for the club. After trying out curling, several groups have decided to rent the club and have special curling nights.

“I’m putting out there for everybody, teachers at staff parties, RCMP, it’s for anybody,” she says.

 The club has been ramping up its fundraising over the past couple years after struggling to pay power bills, replace equipment, and get parts of their aging building renovated.

 The next free curling night is on March 12 at 7 p.m. Selig says the only thing required is a clean set of sneakers and she advises children under 12 bring a helmet that fits them. Larger groups should call ahead to book space.

 Bringing in more youth

 Besides using the free ice time to bring new players into the fold, the club is now offering free youth curling, which is being sponsored by the Liverpool Lion’s Club.

 The free youth curling is a non-competitive group, which is not a part of the general youth program at the curling club.

 The Liverpool Lion’s Club is paying for the ice time for youth who may not be able to afford to join the competitive program but who still want to play.

 “The Lion’s Club is trying to help youth who can’t afford it or may not have ever experienced participating in the Little Rocks program, it’s separate from it,” says Selig. “I’d love dearly to see that place be more open to youth because they don’t have a place.”

 Any young person from the elementary level to high school can take part in the youth curling says Selig.

If anyone wishes to join that program or to book space at the curling club on Saturdays, they can phone Bertha at 902-354-3974

The free curling is a part of an initiative sponsored by the Queens Community Health Board and the Nova Scotia government.

 The grants given to the club have enabled the group to give out free ice time as well as purchase sliders for shoes and helmets for players under 12. The government grant was for $1500 and the health board grant was for $300.

 Bertha Selig of the Liverpool Curling Club says the initiative is all about getting people in the door, keeping active, and having fun.

 The free ice time has drawn a lot of new players to the ice. On Feb. 27, around 75 international students came out to try the sport.

 A typical Saturday night at the curling club usually sees around 25 people partaking in the free curling. The canteen and bar are also open during that time so there’s a socializing aspect to the evening as well.

Selig says getting new people out on the ice has helped drum up rentals for the club. After trying out curling, several groups have decided to rent the club and have special curling nights.

“I’m putting out there for everybody, teachers at staff parties, RCMP, it’s for anybody,” she says.

 The club has been ramping up its fundraising over the past couple years after struggling to pay power bills, replace equipment, and get parts of their aging building renovated.

 The next free curling night is on March 12 at 7 p.m. Selig says the only thing required is a clean set of sneakers and she advises children under 12 bring a helmet that fits them. Larger groups should call ahead to book space.

 Bringing in more youth

 Besides using the free ice time to bring new players into the fold, the club is now offering free youth curling, which is being sponsored by the Liverpool Lion’s Club.

 The free youth curling is a non-competitive group, which is not a part of the general youth program at the curling club.

 The Liverpool Lion’s Club is paying for the ice time for youth who may not be able to afford to join the competitive program but who still want to play.

 “The Lion’s Club is trying to help youth who can’t afford it or may not have ever experienced participating in the Little Rocks program, it’s separate from it,” says Selig. “I’d love dearly to see that place be more open to youth because they don’t have a place.”

 Any young person from the elementary level to high school can take part in the youth curling says Selig.

If anyone wishes to join that program or to book space at the curling club on Saturdays, they can phone Bertha at 902-354-3974

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