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Ipswich Kurling takes a big step forward

The new sport of Kurling takes a big step locally with the first Kurling Competition being held in Ipswich on 12th May in the Town Hall Council Chamber.

The game, which is based on the Winter Olympic version, is currently growing rapidly as part of the ActivIpswich sports project.

ActivIpswich is a project that is designed to encourage older adults to get involved with sport and is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council. The project is funded as part of the Community Sport Activation Fund by Sport England and the National Lottery.

“Kurling is a key part of our programme and is currently being played at several venues around the town, said Mike McCarthy, the Project Manager. The competition on the 12th is open to anyone who is already involved with the ActivIpswich project, “we have some terrific players who are playing regularly as part of the ActivIpswich programme”, said Mike.

“This is the first of what we hope will be many Kurling competitions as part of the ActivIpswich initiative. Everyone loves their sport but the real benefit that our participants get from playing the game is the people that they meet and the fun that they have”, added Julie Stokes, CEO of ActivLives.

Kurling is a new sport that is particularly accessible for the 60+ age group – the ‘stones’ are sent towards the target with a special stick so there is no need to bend down low to play. There are several groups now playing regularly in Ipswich as part of the ActivIpswich Project.

If you would like to find out more about the Kurling Competition on the 12th May or about how you can get involved with ActivIpswich, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

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