June 02, 2008

Greenacres to stage European Seniors invitation event

International seniors' curling is set to return to the Greenacres rink in Renfrewshire next season.

The first European Seniors' Invitation Curling Championships come about as a result of the World Women's and Seniors' Championships held in Paisley, in 2005. The financial side of the events was astutely managed and the Local Organising Committee was left with a financial surplus to use for curling development in the West of Scotland.

This legacy has already allowed Braehead to hold the Glynhill Ladies WCT-e event in January.

The Greenacres rink, where the Seniors' games were held in 2005, will hold the inaugural European Seniors' Invitation events in October. Invitations have been issued to all member nations of the European Curling Federation asking, where possible, that they give their men's and women's champion teams from last season the opportunity to take part in this first International competition for Seniors in Europe. The official announcement is posted on the European Curling Federation's website here.

In addition to the legacy funding which the event will receive, Greenacres is to contribute further sponsorship. ECF President Malcolm Richardson says, " There is no doubt that this is an exciting development in Senior curling and we trust that the event will be a great success."

Regular readers of the blog will remember that it had been hoped (see here) to hold the event last season, but scheduling difficulties caused it to be postponed. It is great news to hear that the competition will go ahead this year.

The pic is of a sign on the road to Greenacres during the World Seniors in 2005.

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