Rocket City Curling Club, the first curling club in Alabama, hosts a bonspiel April 1-3

The Rocket City Curling Club was founded in 2018 and was the first curling club in Alabama. (Rocket City Curling Club)

If you have ever watched curling on tv in the Olympics, you have likely wondered, “How did these people learn this sport?” Well, the Rocket City Curling Club has you covered, as the group, the first curling club in Alabama, has now been around for four years and keeps growing.

The club is set to host a tournament — or as those in the know call it, a bonspiel — for curlers with five or fewer years of experience in the sport.

What and where is this curling bonspiel?

The bonspiel April 1-3 is open to curlers with five years of experience or less. (Rocket City Curling Club)

The Rocket City Curling Club was selected to host a qualifier for USA Curling’s 5-and-Under National Championship, titled “The Space Race”, April 1-3 at the Ice Sports Center at 3185 Leeman Ferry Rd. Huntsville, AL 35801. Registration for the tournament is now closed the Space Race is a tournament for 5-and-under curlers only, meaning that teams consist of players with five years of experience in the sport or less.

Learn more about the Rocket City Curling Club

The Rocket City Curling Club offers classes on Sundays for people who want to learn the sport. (Rocket City Curling Club)

First played in Scotland over 500 years ago, curling is now one of the fastest-growing Olympic sports in the world, particularly in the southern United States. Curling is an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to compete and socialize, with a focus on mutual respect and good sportsmanship.

Founded in 2018, the Rocket City Curling Club is the first club in Alabama dedicated to the Winter Olympic sport of curling. The club meets at the Ice Sports Center in Huntsville.

New leagues start three to four times a year, and the club always looking for new members. No equipment is necessary, as the club has brooms and sliders for members to borrow.

The club hosts weekly curling leagues, offers Learn To Curl lessons for the public, and competes in curling bonspiels across the Southeast and the United States.

Interested in learning more about curling? Sign up for a Learn To Curl class or consider becoming a Rocket City Curling Club member.

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