New Age Kurling comes to Barnstaple

Craze suitable for all ages sweeping through Whiddon Valley

A novel craze is sweeping through the next Steps Club at Whiddon Valley Community Centre in Barnstaple – and they are keen to share it with the rest of North Devon.

New Age Kurling is exactly the same as the popular Olympic sport, except ice is not required and it can be played on any flat surface.

It is also quite addictive and the members of the Whiddon Valley social club for those aged 50-plus are keen to set up a local league so they can put into practice the skills they have been honing every Friday afternoon.

The equipment has been supplied by Age UK through its Big Lottery funded Fit as a Fiddle programme and it is available for use not only at the Barton Road centre, but any North Devon community group or charity that wishes to borrow it.

“It is a great way for anyone to get some exercise and have fun at the same time and the really great thing is it can be done by absolutely anyone no matter of age ability or disability,” said project manager Aaron Street.

“If there are any clubs or voluntary groups who want to set up their own kurling league, they can come here or hire the equipment. It is one of, if not the first place in Devon to have this sport.”

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The Friday sessions run from 1.30-3.30pm and the first session is free, then �1 a week thereafter. To find out more about the Next Steps Club or New Age Kurling and hiring the equipment, call the centre on (01271) 372396.

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