The mission of the Florida Curling Club is to promote and to support the growth of the winter Olympic sport of Curling in Florida.
Traditionally curling clubs operate at a permanent home or arena site however the Florida Curling Club does not operate at any one facility or site but rather holds Learn to Curl events and demonstrations at most any facility that has the ability to establish temporary markings on the existing ice surfaces.
Current Status of Curling
Curling in Florida has been held at multiple sites over the years including the Panther Ice Den in Coral Springs Florida and more recently at the RDV Multisport Ice facility in Orlando. These facilities host both regular scheduled and special events such as rentals for the public to enjoy curling. In the fall of 2016 there are plans to establish curling in the Tampa area at the Florida Hospital Ice Center. Currently there are only 2 USCA / GNCC Curling Clubs and they are the Panther Curling Club and the Orlando Curling Club.
In February of this year the 2016 USCA Nationals were conducted in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena and the response to this event by Florida Curling fans was delightful to see. Curling fans in the arena told stories of how they have been watching the game for years during the Olympics and how they had parties with other fans and for them to see high quality competitive curling live and right in their own city was like they had a dream come true.
A large number of attendees also expressed an interest in attending another Learn to Curl event and hopefully to create a curling club in Jacksonville.
We are planning this event now and it is set to happen on April 24th. See the store web page link to purchase tickets for this open event.
How to Curl in Florida
Included on this web page are the links to all the existing curling facilities and events. If you are in Florida these groups will be happy to have you join them on the ice. If you live in Florida and you want to try curling or if you want to help establish a curling club in your area then please reach out and contact me using the links provided:
Panther Curling Club – http://panthersiceden.com/curling.html
Orlando C.C. – http://www.curlingorlando.com
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org