A new sport is making its way to Eye

New Age Kurling

New Age Kurling - Credit: Archant

A new sport that has been taking off across Suffolk will be making its way to Eye.

New Age Kurling is based on the Winter Olympic sport of curling but has been adapted to be played on a smooth and flat indoor surface.

Players send metal stones on ball bearings down the court and these are moved towards the target with a pusher.

A taster session is being held at Eye Town Hall on Tuesday, January 19 from 10.30am to 12.30am.

Organisers ActivSuffolk hope it will be something that allows people to keep healthy and also meet other residents.

Kim Bilner, development coordinator at ActivSuffolk, said: 'We hope the taster session will generate interest and then the goal is for a weekly session.

'On Tuesday it will be free but if it takes off it will cost £3 per session at the town hall which will include refreshments. 'It's an initiative supported by Public Health and is about getting people more active but is also about bringing people together.

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'There is a big problem with loneliness and kurling can get people together, make friends and is a way of socialise.'

In Ipswich there are three New Age Kurling groups and recently a tournament was held and 56 people took part.

Ms Bilner said the game is very accessible and is particularly popular with those aged over 60.

She said: 'It's a very accessible sport for the elderly who can't bend down or for those in wheelchairs. It's a great sport for those who aren't mobile.

'It really is great fun and people do get quite competitive. We hope that if it takes off then we can have a Suffolk wide tournament.'

For more information about the taster session, call Kim Bilner on 01473 345350.