New-Age Kurling keeping older generation active in Sleaford area
MAKE way for the latest sporting activity for the older generation – New-Age Kurling.
The indoor sport which is based on the activity usually played on ice is one of the ways that a member of Sleaford U3A can keep active even if they are disabled or not physically fit.
Using a stick or by hand, discs are rolled along the floor aimed at the score mat and players work in teams to get the highest total score.
The national organisation U3A which stands for The University of The Third Age is a group for people who are no-longer in full-time work to join and it provides opportunities for them to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups.
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The Sleaford branch has a membership of more than 350 and serves Sleaford and the surrounding villages.
Brian Archer, treasurer and group leader of the kurling group said: “This is a great activity for our members because it gets people who are not so able to be part of a sport that doesn’t require a lot of physical strain or stretching.
“We have members here who are not well, but they come along for an afternoon and have a good time.
“As well as the bit of exercise it’s good for people to get out and just have a chat and make friends.”
The organisation has recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary and other activities at the Sleaford branch include walking, stitching, knitting, theatre visits and talks on local history.
Peter O’Leary, a member of the kurling group said: “It’s a fun sport, it gives me some exercise and it caters for everyone.”
Another member Chris Radley said he liked to join in for the social side of it.
Mr Radley added: “We don’t get too competitive but we have a laugh.
“I live on my own so I enjoy meeting people here plus when you’re on your own it’s too expensive to go and do a lot of activities so that’s why this is great for me.”
For more information about the group visit www.sleafordu3a.org.uk or call chairman Keith Troughton on 01529 302442.