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Member Clubs

Small Curling Clubs Alliance

 

 

 

I can also offer some background to the thinking behind the SCCA.

 

In 1999 Laurieston and Zetland CC found themselves in the position of having too few active curling members to keep the club viable. We could not guarantee that 8 curlers would be available for our own internal matches or for the various external competitions in which we traditionally took part. Clearly drastic action was required.

 

We knew that several other clubs were in a similar position and the SCCA was tentatively proposed by L & Z CC.

 

 

 

Of the clubs which we approached initially, Bonnybridge, Larbert and Dunblane accepted the invitation to join a small clubs alliance. All of these were old established clubs which had fallen on hard times in terms of membership but wished to retain their individual identities. Thus the SCCA was born and league matches began in the Season 2000 - 2001.

 

Grangemouth joined us in 2006 and Falkirk CC have requested and been granted membership for the forthcoming season.

 

Several other clubs have showed an interest as the success of the format has become known within the Stirling curling fraternity.

 

Matches are played on a league format by mixed (male and female) teams representing all the 6 clubs. The curling is played in a friendly but competitive spirit and many friendships have been formed over our 13 years of life. Each club decides on who will play on any match night.

 

 

 

We have a handsome trophy which is presented annually at a closing bonspiel usually at the end of March.

 

 

 

The SCCA has no funds or bank account and the ice fees are paid monthly in arrears. As L&Z instigated the SCCA and order the ice, we have by habit and usage adopted the burden of collecting and paying the Active Stirling invoices. All of this is done on trust between the 6 clubs and no problems have been encountered in the life of SCCA.

 

 

 

The match schedule is prepared and circulated by myself. I also email the clubs a few days before a match to remind them to turn up on the evening. That, and organising the closing bonspiel, is more or less the administration process and I have not found it too onerous so far.

 

 

 

We would welcome participation from other clubs which are in a similar precarious position to ourselves and our SCCA colleagues. However with increased numbers comes increased admin but that is a price worth paying to keep small curling clubs in existence.

 

 

 

Personally, I feel that Active Stirling's Development Officer would benefit from looking at our model and promoting it through his mission of "growing" curling in the Stirling District.

 

 

 

 

 

Personally, I feel that Active Stirling's Development Officer would benefit from looking at our model and promoting it through his mission of "growing" curling in the Stirling District.