A revitalised ancient sport is holding a Great Britain Championships in Bridlington in October.
This major sporting event at the Bridlington ER Leisure Centre is the first of its type of indoor game since opening. The competition will take place on Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th October.
Famous around the world for the winter Sports and Para-Olympic games, this version, New Age Kurling, is played on a flat indoor surface and is an all-inclusive game between two teams of two to four players.
Age associated restrictions and mobility problems, are eased by the use of “pushers” on the ball-bearing based Kurling stones to the targets, set out on half the width of a badminton-sized court. Up to forty teams from around Great Britain will compete in the Team competition on the Saturday, where the Bridlington U3A team will be entering four teams. This will be the club’s first attempt to secure places on the podium.
The singles matches, with up to 128 contestants, will take to the floor on the Sunday. On both days matches commence at 9.30 am with an expected final around 6.00 pm.
Michale Perry, the U3A Kurling Group Leader, said: “This event, new to East Riding Leisure, has been kindly sponsored in part by Bridlington Town Council, along with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
“The event is being showcased as to how disabled persons can play on equal terms with able-bodied opponents in this non-contact multi-age game.” he added.
Spectators are welcome to watch the event, subject to space restrictions.
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