Info in English
Curling in Dusseldorf
Would you like to curl in Düsseldorf but you don’t speak German? Don’t worry, you can also curl in English in Düsseldorf! Some of the club members are Canadian and British, many members speak very good English and everyone understands „Hurry! Hard!“. So don’t hesitate to get in touch and you’ll be wischen (that’s German for sweeping) in no time. Even if your just passing
through or here for only a couple months, we would be happy to have you as our guests or temporary members – read on for details.
Intro to Curling
We’re always happy to introduce newcomers to the sport, or to get those who may have curled elsewhere and now find themselves in or near Düsseldorf onto our ice to try. Simply send an e-mail to us (email@example.com) with your name and the names of any people that would like to come with you, their age (the minimum age is 13), a note about any previous curling experience, and a phone number where we can reach you in case of questions. We will usually get back to you within 24 hours with information about available dates. Our ice times are Sundays from 7:30 – 9:30pm and Thursdays from 8:15 – 10:00pm. For beginners, an experienced curler will give an introductory lesson that will have you playing your first game before the end of the evening.
Jogging pants or other flexible pants (tight jeans are not a good idea), running shoes with good grip (nothing high or with a heal), and a warm sweater (the Düsseldorf ice rink is, naturally, cool, but the stadium is open to the outdoors on the sides, so the temperature varies with the outside temperature but is always somewhat cooler). „Sliders“ for your running shoes, curling rocks and brooms are provided by the club.
Anybody over the age of 12 can join the Düsseldorf Curling Club and we are always happy to have new members; we recommended getting started with a trial as described above. The membership fees for one season (September – April) are currently as follows:
– Children and students – free of charge
– Active adult member – 120€
History & General Info
The Düsseldorf Curling Club was founded in the Berner Oberland in Mürren, Switzerland on the 26th of February, 1961 as the Curling Club Germany. It immediately became a member of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and thus the CCD is the oldest curling club in Germany. Because the majority of the founding members were from the Rheinland region of Germany, Düsseldorf was chosen as the home of the club.
In contrast to dedicated curling halls with specially prepared ice, the conditions at the ice rink in Düsseldorf (Eisstadion Brehmstraße), which is also used for hockey and figure skating, are by no means optimal for curling. This actually acts as a very nice equalizer between beginners and experienced players, providing for exciting games with ever-changing challenges. We have regular ice times twice a week, Sundays from 7:30 – 9:30pm and Thursdays from 8:15 – 10:00pm, which are used for training and just-for-fun play, as well as for our internal club league.
We organize two recreational bonspiels a year, the „Düsselcup“ in late November or early December where club members (and those from nearby clubs) sign up individually to be drawn into teams, and our international tournament, the „Radschläger“, which typically takes place over a weekend in February – check the front page for the announcement and details of this year’s event. Because we have 6 rinks, we can offer 12 teams from near and far 4 games back-to-back, 2 on Saturday afternoon and 2 on Sunday morning to allow for easy travel. A Curler’s banquet on Saturday evening completes this very enjoyable occasion.
Via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.