Sochi Success Inspires Older Aged Curlers In Chesterfield

31st Mar 2014

Residents in sheltered housing in Chesterfield have discovered a love of New Age Kurling thanks to a project run by Derbyshire Village Games in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council and Sport England.

Derbyshire Village Games – a not-for-profit project that helps local people set up sport sessions and activities in villages across the county –  has been running the six week course of sessions of New Age Kurling, Boccia and Skittles in seven sheltered housing schemes in the town and it’s proving a real hit.

NE Derbyshire Village Games Coordinator Nathan Culkin with residentsA resident at Mallard Court says, "It’s extremely entertaining and nice to have a laugh together. It’s very enjoyable. It got us out of a rut and it’s nice to do something different that everyone can enjoy."

Leo Shippam, Community Sports Activator with Chesterfield Village Games, said. “Team GB’s success at the Winter Olympics and the Paralympics have inspired such a positive reaction.  It’s fantastic to see the residents, scheme managers and families all getting involved. Everyone instantly takes a shine to the games and they bring a smile to everyone’s faces.  It’s a great way to get active and socialise.”

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

Chesterfield Borough Councillor Ken Huckle, who visited the project, said:  “My colleagues and I are delighted at the success of the scheme. Sports and activities help tackle social exclusion and improve both physical and mental health for all ages and abilities. In Chesterfield we have committed to improving the life of local people and it’s pleasing to see the positive effects.”

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 or email Leo at


Press release: 31 March 2014

Notes to Editors:

•    Contacts: PR Lissa Cook on 01663 751 126 / 07818 411 791 or  or Cathy Rooney on or 07967 763 538.
•    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
•    Boccia, a recognised Paralympic sport can be played by people of all abilities and is a precision ball sport similar to bowls.
•    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.