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 Richard Dörrenberg
(rid@ccd-curling.de) 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 Tuesdays from 8:00 – 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.

Recommended equipment
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.

Membership
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 Tuesdays from 8:00 – 10:00pm, which are used for training and
just-for-fun play, as well as for our internal club league.

Tournaments
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.

Contact
Via e-mail to Richard Dörrenberg rid@ccd-curling.de.