The New Zealand Curling Association is holding a fundraiser in Alexandra on Saturday for the New Zealand Junior Men’s Team, which is travelling to Sweden in May to compete in the World Junior A competition.

Association secretary Lauren Becker said funds were needed to support the U21 team’s travel, uniforms, equipment and other costs associated with competing in a minority sport.

The team is led by Patearoa local and skip William Becker, who is in his second year of a building apprenticeship.

Joining Becker will be Sam Flanagan from Naseby, a first-year student at the University of Otago, Poolburn local Darcy Nevill, a first-year mechanical engineering apprentice, and Hunter Burke, of Wanaka, who is studying for a diploma in civil engineering in Christchurch.

Coach Nelson Ede, of Naseby, will accompany the team.

The King of the Ice Fundraiser will start at 10.30am and was planned to allow anyone to experience curling, Mrs Becker said.

Entrants will be put into teams of four to play 30-minute matches, with the last team remaining on the ice the winners.

A barbecue will be available, as well as raffles.