Sponsorship deal

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A three-year sponsorship deal from The Co-operative Funeralcare has been secured for The Scottish Curling Championships.

The UK’s largest funeral director will sponsor the competition that determines which men’s and women’s teams will represent Scotland in the World Curling Championships.

Run by The Royal Caledonian Curling Club, the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships will take place from February 13-19 at the Dewars Centre, Perth. Admission is free and BBC Sport will be broadcasting highlights on BBC2 with live web streaming of the finals online.

David Collingwood, National Operations Director for The Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “Scotland produces world class curling athletes and we are proud to support the championships which will propel them to the international stage. Winners of previous championships have often proved themselves to be a formidable force on the world stage and I hope that with our support they can continue their success.”

Bruce Crawford (CEO at Royal Caledonian Curling Club) said: “We are very pleased to be working with The Co-operative Funeralcare who have a wide reach across Scotland and a reputation for quality and community involvement. We will all enjoy seeing the best curlers compete in our national championships.”

The winning teams from The Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish Curling Championships will represent Scotland at the World Women’s Championships in Alberta, Canada, from March 17 to 25 and the World Men’s Championships in Basel, Switzerland, from March 31 to April 8. Scotland has been highly successful on the international stage. Eve Muirhead led the Scotland women’s team to Gold at the European Championships in Moscow in December. Tom Brewster’s team won silver at the World Championships.