New Age Kurling

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A team sport adapted from the more traditional sport of curling to be fully inclusive for all young people. Between two and four players on opposing teams compete in a tactical game which involves sliding weighted stones towards a circular target.

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The Basics

  • New Age Kurling is similar to bowls, but is traditionally played inside and uses a static target rather than a moving ball. Players are permitted to move the stones with their hands, feet, or using a ramp in the case of those with severe impairments.
  • Each team has a set number of stones and take it in turns to slide a stone towards the target. An ‘end’ is completed when all the stones have been used, with a match traditionally made up of four or more ends.
  • The team which has their stone closest to the centre of the target at the completion of the end receives one point, with an additional point for each stone closer than their opponent’s nearest stone. Scoring is cumulative and is calculated over the full game.

History

  • Curling appeared at the Winter Olympics on four occasions before becoming a permanent fixture at the event in 1998. Team GB have enjoyed plenty of success in the event, with both the men (silver) and women (bronze) taking home medals in 2014.
  • Canada are the most successful nation in the event’s history, winning ten medals including five golds, while Scandinavian nations Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland are also in the top ten performers.  
  • A mixed wheelchair curling event has been held at the Winter Paralympics since 2006, with Canada winning on all three occasions. Again, Team GB has tasted success, winning silver in 2006 and bronze in 2014.  

Famous Competitors

  • Jennifer Jones – the Canadian has been one of the most dominant players in modern-day Curling history. She has won 13 Grand Slam events, including the coveted Players’ Championship title on five occasions, as well as taking home gold medals in both the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2008 World Championships.
  • Rhona Martin – famously captained Team GB to curling gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics, including the dramatic 6-5 semi-final win against Canada and the tightly-contested final which ended in a 4-3 victory over Switzerland. She also skippered Scotland at both the World and European Championships, which she appeared at on six occasions.   

National Governing Body

Great Britain Kurling Association – please click here for more information.

Formats

  • Intra-School Primary: Competition Card
  • Intra-School Primary: Challenge Card
  • Intra-School Secondary 
  • Local Inter-School

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