New Age Kurling Group, Papworth

Case Study - New Age Kurling Group

New Age Kurling is a form of the original curling game, but adapted so that it can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface, such as a sports hall, rather than ice. 

Kurling can be played standing or sitting by people of all ages and abilities. This makes it a great choice for involving everyone.

The Papworth group meets on Fridays, 10.30am to 12pm, in the Village Hall.


How did they get started?

New Age Kurling sessions at Papworth Village Hall were started up by Ellen Bridges, our Physical Activity Coordinator. She wanted to set up a sporting activity which was particularly inclusive in Papworth, New Age Kurling seemed ideal. 

Working with the parish council, Ellen arranged local publicity to recruit members, organised the kit and booked the venue. 

6 participants attended the first Kurling session at Papworth, now they get an average of 15 participants each week.

Whilst many participants see the activity promoted in their local magazine, some find out about the session through friends and family and others are signposted by their GP.  

Ellen aims for the group to become sustainable without her input, allowing her to focus on setting up new groups. 

Recently a couple of people volunteered to take over the organisation of the session, so this looks to be likely.

 

How is it funded? 

The kit used for the initial sessions was supplied free of charge by us. Hall rental was £30 per session for the initial sessions, this was also covered by us.

Now that the group is up and running, participants pay £3 each per session.

The main set up cost is for the New Age Kurling set, which costs £235

Now that the group is up and running the parish council is keen to purchase their own equipment.

Who helped with advice and guidance?

Support with all aspects of setting up a new group, including funding towards start up costs was provided by the Council’s Physical Activity Locality Coordinator, Ellen Bridges. 

Ellen is the district co-ordinator for the Let's Get Moving Cambridgeshire initiative funded by Public Health. 

Contact Ellen by email at ellen.bridges@scambs.gov.uk

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