Get Inspired: How to get into Curling

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Why get into curling?Curling is an exercise for both body and mind, requiring concentration alongside physical stamina.
Who is it for?It's one of the few sports where all ages, genders and abilities can play together and against each other.
Is there a cheap option?Many 'Try Curling' sessions are free and last approximately one hour, with equipment provided.
What if I want a proper workout?Curling requires pinpoint accuracy, so a good level of fitness helps for your stamina and concentration. You need good upper-body strength for sweeping too.
Can I take it to another level?Your nation's curling association will have development programmes for promising players. Give them a call.
Is there a disability option?Wheelchair curling is played on ice by wheelchair users who are unable to play the conventional game.
Is there a family option?Age doesn't matter when it comes to curling, so everyone can play together.
So where can I take part?Take a look at our Activity Finder for curling events near you.

Curling is a fun and challenging game combining physical and mental skill.

If you'd like to give it a go for the first time, visit Try Curling which has a UK-wide club finder as well as practical advice.

As well as being a great tactical, competitive sport, curling is also a great way to work out, with it benefitting your muscle strength, flexibility and aerobic fitness.

Some venues in the UK also offer curling parties as a great unique way to mark a special occasion - give it a go!

Aspire to be like: Eve Muirhead

Eve Muirhead

Eve Muirhead's Olympic bronze came one year after she was in the Scottish team that won gold at the World Championships.

The game

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Curling stars Eve Muirhead and David Murdoch answer questions from a live audience at Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

Curling originated in Scotland, which is where the majority of the UK's clubs are based, but is now played worldwide in more than 40 countries and at a number of clubs and venues in the UK.

The aim of curling is to finish with your stones closest to the centre of a circular target zone, called the house.

One of the game's most recognisable features is the sweeper - you will see two sweepers, with brushes, skating ahead of each stone and sometimes frantically brushing the ice in front of it.

This keeps the ice slick and keeps the stone moving - stop sweeping at the right time, and the stone will come to rest in exactly the right place.

Disability Curling

Wheelchair curling

The only difference between wheelchair curling and the able-bodied equivalent is that sweeping is not part of the Paralympic sport.

Players use a delivery stick to throw the stones and no special equipment is required, you can use a regular wheelchair and all rinks have access onto the ice via ramps.

Wheelchair curling was first included in the Paralympics in 2006, when Great Britain won a silver medal, which was followed by bronze in 2014.

There are also variations of curling being developed for people with visual and hearing impairments.

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has lots of information and accessible curling and is a good place to start if you are interested in finding out more.

Junior curling

junior curling

As well as the physical benefits of playing the game, curling is a fun way of teaching team-work and co-ordination.

Clubs are always looking for new young people to join, and many hold taster sessions specifically for junior players. Contact your local Curling Association to find a club near you.

Coaching and volunteering

Measuring stones in the house

If you are keen to develop curling in the UK, why not get involved in coaching? The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has a detailed coaching section with information about courses and some useful materials. You can also try Sports Coach UK.

Find out about volunteering opportunities with JoinInUK who can help you find a club that needs your 'hands on' attention. Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland can also help.

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into rugby union near you.

2. Find your local curling opportunities by visiting Try Curling.

3. Share your story and inspire others.

Are you inspired to try curling? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the game by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

See our full list of activity guides for more inspiration.