Get Inspired: How to get into Curling
|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?||The Curling association near you has 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.|
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 who have a UK wide club finder as well as practical advice. You should also check out British Curling,Welsh Curling Association, Curling in England,Irish Curling Association and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club for news and links to local clubs.
The aim 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.
Wheelchair curling is a great way to keep active and meet other people. It's one of the few sports in which men and women can play together or against each other. The only difference between Wheelchair Curling and the able-bodied equivalent is that sweeping is not part of the Paralympic sport. There are also variations of curling being developed for people with visual and hearing impairments. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club have information and are a good place to start if you are interested in finding out more.
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
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.
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