New sport taster session proves a hit in Eye

New Age Kurling try out session at Eye Town Hall held by ActivSuffolk. Kim Bilner, Project Leader wi

New Age Kurling try out session at Eye Town Hall held by ActivSuffolk. Kim Bilner, Project Leader with David Orr. Picture: Sonya Duncan. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Dozens of people turned out in Eye to try their hand at a new sport that has taken off across Suffolk.

A taster session for New Age Kurling, based on the Winter Olympics sport of curling but adapted to be played on indoor surfaces, was held at the town hall and proved a big hit.

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

If enough people express an interest in the sport, a weekly session will be held in the town.

The accessible sport is ideal for the elderly or those who have mobility problems, and David Orr, 77, from Eye, was able to use a chair when playing.

He said: 'One of the reasons I had a go was to show someone else it could be done by sitting down.

'I nearly hit the target and I also knocked someone else's stone out of the way. But I need a little practice.'

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Rosemary Jones, from Thorndon, near Eye, said the sport is not very difficult to pick up.

The 74-year-old said: 'It's ideal for older folk. The turnout is amazing and I'm sure the organisers are pleased. It's very social and age is no barrier – my friend has brought a group of elderly people to have a go.'

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

It is hoped with the addition of new groups throughout Suffolk, a countywide tournament can be held.

For more information about New Age Kurling in Suffolk, call Kim Bilner on 01473 345350.