Kurling proves a hit with homes’ residents

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Pensioners in North Derbyshire have been having an ice time as they try curling.

While Team GB have been among the curling medals at the Winter Olympics in Russia, residents of five Bolsover retirement homes have been trying new age kurling.

Resident Kay Garland said: “We had the Olympic curling on television while we were playing the other day – it has made us really competitive.”

New age kurling uses adapted stones on ball-bearings with handles on top.

Players aim to get the stones as close to the centre of the target mat as possible either using a pusher or by hand.

The activity is part of a six-week course which is being rolled out by Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire Village Games – a not-for-profit project which helps people set up sport sessions in villages across the county.

The retirement homes involved in the pilot project are Parkfields in Clowne, Jubilee Court in Pinxton, Woburn House in Blackwell, and Fulleylove Court and Valley View, both in Bolsover.

Coun Ann Syrett, council social inclusion cabinet member, said: “Playing sport should not stop because you reach a certain age, so we are delighted to provide our elderly residents with a chance to play kurling, something I am sure will provide hours of fun.”

n To find out more about Derbyshire Village Games, call 07967 763538.