Preston Curling Club was founded on the 16th September 1871. The club played matches against teams from nearby towns on local ponds in and around Preston. In 1911 the Club received an invitation to play at the Manchester Ice Palace (an indoor ice rink). Preston Curling Club continued to play on local ponds and also travel on mass by coach to the Manchester Ice Palace until it closed its doors in 1964.
Between 1965 and 1980 Preston Curling Club played matches at the Blackpool Ice Rink. The Clubs players did however travel up to Scotland on numerous occasions and made friendly rivalries with teams north of the border. The Preston V Dalbeattie match was first played in December 1966 and still continues to this day. The prizes being a Scottish Haggis for the best Preston team and a Lancashire Cheese for the best Dealbeattie team.
From 1980 until 2018 Preston Curling Clubs home was Lockerbie Ice Rink (a few miles north of Preston). The Clubs members would travel up to Lockerbie on a Thursday morning, play 2 games and then travel back down the road. The clubs members were not all from Preston either. The club was able to attract members from the Dumfries and Galloway region and also from other areas of Scotland including Glasgow, Perth and Fife.
In the summer of 2018 the Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre opened its doors to the public and Preston Curling Club had its new home.
in a few months the Club is growing in membership and the future of Preston Curling Club looks good.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you on the ice!