Sochi Success Inspires Older Aged Curlers In Derbyshire

19th Feb 2014

Sochi Success Inspires Older Aged Curlers In Derbyshire To Take Up ‘New Age Kurling’

Residents in retirement/sheltered housing in Bolsover District in the north of Derbyshire have discovered a love of curling thanks to a project run by Derbyshire Village Games in partnership with Bolsover District Council and Sport England. 

credit Steve Ingers, Derbyshire Village GamesDerbyshire Village Games – a not-for-profit project that helps local people set up sport sessions and activities in villages across the county – is running the six week course of sessions in five retirement homes. The programme of New Age Kurling, Boccia and Skittles will then be rolled out in Chesterfield.  

Feedback from Day Service Users and staff at Valley View show it’s proving a real hit.

Day Service User, Kay Garland, said “We had the Olympic Curling on television while we were playing the other day - it made us really competitive!”

Day Service User, Lance Alton, said:  “Our initial reaction was Curling? Really? How will we do that, but we did it and loved it. People don't believe we're playing.”

Day Service User, Chic Bluff said: “I find it really theraputic - Rolling the Boccia balls in our hands helps arthritis.”

Amanda Warton, a Derbyshire County Council Day Service Worker, said: “Normally when we mention exercise the group groans - These activities they love! They don't realise they are doing exercise.”
Helen McGregor, Valley View Scheme Manager, Bolsover District Council, said: “The New Age Kurling, Boccia and skittles provide stimulating activities for all - including the staff!  It’s been really enjoyable and nice to see some competitiveness”.

credit Steve Ingers, Derbyshire Village GamesBolsover Village Games Coordinator, Laura Stephen, said:  “The timing is perfect - the recent success of Team GB in Sochi and the country’s passion for curling has really sparked interest in the sessions which are proving a real hit.”    

“New Age Kurling is not just good physically and mentally for residents, it also brings people together and encourages their competitive spirit.  The social element is so important and allows people to play together whether they are seated, in a wheelchair or able to stand and walk.”

Derbyshire Village Games Project Manager Cathy Rooney said:  “Village Games works because our team of coordinators go out and talk to people to ask them what they’d like to do to get fitter and have fun right on their doorstep using local facilities.  Working in partnership with local authorities we can help them find venues, coaches and instructors and help provide equipment.”  

“For example, in Bolsover, the Sport England funding has allowed us to buy the New Age Kurling, Boccia and skittles equipment, and a coach from Bolsover District Council provides the initial training so the project becomes self-sustaining beyond the six week introductory course.”

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett, said, “Playing sport should not stop because you reach a certain age, so we are delighted to be able to go out and provide our elderly residents with a chance to play Kurling, something I am sure will provide them with hours of fun and enjoyment."

To find out more about how Derbyshire Village Games can help you set up regular activity classes, sports sessions as well as family-friendly events where you live, contact Cathy Rooney on or 07967 763 538.


Press release: Immediate, 19 Feb 2014

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Notes to Editors:

•    Contacts: PR Lissa Cook on 01663 751 126 / 07818 411 791 or Laura Stephen / 07909 444 094 or Cathy Rooney on or 07967 763 538.
•    Retirement / sheltered housing involved in pilot project - Parkfields in Clowne; Valley View in Bolsover; Jubilee Court in Pinxton; and Woburn House in Blackwell (all run by Bolsover District Council) and also Fulleylove Court in Bolsover (run by Housing 21).
•    New Age Kurling was inspired by the Curling World Championships in 2000 and 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.  It can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface by both able-bodied or disabled people of all ages.  Find out more about New Age Kurling and its invention
•    The Community Sports Trust is a Derbyshire based not for profit Community Interest Company which manages community-based sports development projects.  Our vision is of communities where people of all ages and interests take part and compete in sport and recreation opportunities with a strong sustainable sports infrastructure using high quality volunteers, coaches and leaders.
Our flagship initiative is the Derbyshire Village Games run in partnership with Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Erewash Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, NE Derbyshire District Council, S Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire Sport, NHS Derbyshire County, Peak District National Park Authority and Sport England with funding from the National Lottery.  
•    Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, this innovative project’s aim is simple - we want people of all ages and abilities in villages across the county to get active.  Our network of Village Games Coordinators and Community Sports Activators work at grassroots level delivering sport on the doorstep.  
•    We also manage Jog Derbyshire on behalf of Derbyshire Sport. Our network of jogging groups, based all over Derbyshire, can help you get fitter & be more active by starting to jog regularly.  Qualified Jog Derbyshire Leaders guide beginners & returning runners through specially designed, gentle walking & jogging programmes.  Have fun & make new friends with people of similar fitness levels.