Quinte Curling Club offers programs for adult and youth

Interested participants are invited to give curling a try for free in late October at the Quinte Curling Club.

Located at 246 Bridge Street in Belleville, the QCC two-day event will run Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Club volunteers will be on hand to introduce the sport, making sure that all visitors get on and off the ice surface safely.

Introductory sessions will start on each half hour, beginning with a safety review. All the necessary equipment will be provided, including gripper, slider, broom and of course the curling rocks.

Visitors simply need to arrive with clean running shoes, warm gloves and warm, stretchy, comfortable layers of clothing. Many curlers wear a headband or toque to keep their ears warm.

Experienced curlers will help visitors by answering questions, demonstrating techniques and serving hot drinks and snacks.

The QCC offers curling for all ages and skill levels, beginning with Learn2Curl and ending with the high-level competition.

Information will be available at the upcoming event about the different leagues, especially the Learn2Curl program beginning in November.

Meanwhile, the QCC is also offering fun and skills training for youth on Sunday mornings beginning Oct. 23 at reasonable rates.

The sessions will be led by Kim Wilson, a certified coach whose energy is infection.

Registration is now open for the season, which runs from October to April.

Little Rocks and Youth Novice is fun, some skills and games from 10 to 11:45 a.m. on Sundays while Youth Intermediate, for building skills, is from noon to 1:45 p.m. Curlers at that level must be able to throw a rock the full sheet.

For more information, visit quintecurlingclub.ca or e-mail qccjuniorsrock@gmail.com.