This is the website for both the Welsh Curling Association and the First Province of Wales.
About Curling (in general, and in Wales)
Curling is difficult to compare to any other sport. The scoring is similar to crown green bowls, but you play on an ice rink. You slide around on frozen water, but no ice skates are needed. It is a very tactical sport, but one played in teams, not individually.
We have our very own guide to the sport of Curling, but perhaps the best way is to hear from a former World Champion in the sport, Scotland’s David Murdoch…
WCA & FPOW – What’s the difference?
Formed in 1974, the Welsh Curling Association is the national governing body for the
sport in Wales. Aside from guests, all curlers who play in Wales are members of the WCA, and pay an annual levy towards its upkeep. The WCA are responsible for selecting – through national tournament or other means – teams to represent Wales at international level. The committee of the WCA consists of a President, Treasurer, Development Officer and Secretary. The post of President is elected a year in advance, and so there is also a President Elect. The fact that all members of the Welsh Curling Association committee have been Deeside players, and so part of the First Province of Wales, is purely down to there being no other permanent locations for curling in Wales. If curling is established at a second rink in Wales, the WCA will be the governing body, and oversee curling there, as well as at Deeside.
The First Province of Wales is the body charged with organising club competitions at Deeside Ice Rink. As with the WCA, officers are elected to the committee at the body’s Annual General Meeting, commonly held at the end of the season. The FPOW committee is made up of a President, Treasurer, Secretary, Games Secretary, Club Rep’s plus a Membership Officer and Webmaster. The President is responsible for overall strategy, while the Games Secretary is left to plan the detail of competitions. However, this distinction is lost when – as does occasionally happen – the two roles are held by the same person.
- Download the FPOW Constitution