Get Inspired: How to get into Curling

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Why get into curling?

Curling is an exercise for both body and mind, requiring concentration alongside physical stamina.

Who is it for?

It's one of the few sports where all ages, genders and abilities can play together and against each other.

Is there a cheap option?

Many 'Try Curling' sessions are free and last approximately one hour, with equipment provided.

What if I want a proper workout?

Curling requires pinpoint accuracy, so a good level of fitness helps for your stamina and concentration. You need good upper body strength for sweeping too.

Can I take it to another level?

The Curling association near you has development programmes for promising players. Give them a call.

Is there a disability option?

Wheelchair curling is played on ice by wheelchair users who are unable to play the conventional game.

Is there a family option?

Age doesn't matter when it comes to curling, so everyone can play together.

Curling is a fun and challenging game combining physical and mental skill. If you'd like to give it a go for the first time visit Try Curling  who have a UK wide club finder as well as practical advice. You should also check out British Curling,  Welsh Curling Association,   Curling in England,  Irish Curling Association  and the Royal Caledonian Curling Club  for news and links to local clubs.

The game

Curling

The aim   is to finish the game with your stones closest to the centre of a circular target zone, called the house. One of the game's most recognisable features is the sweeper - you will see two sweepers, with brushes, skating ahead of each stone and sometimes frantically brushing the ice in front of it. This keeps the ice slick and keeps the stone moving - stop sweeping at the right time, and the stone will come to rest in exactly the right place.

Disability Curling

Wheelchair Curling

Wheelchair curling is a great way to keep active and meet other people. It's one of the few sports in which men and women can play together or against each other. The only difference between Wheelchair Curling and the able-bodied equivalent is that sweeping is not part of the Paralympic sport. There are also variations of the game being developed for people with visual and hearing impairments. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club  have information and are a good place to start if you are interested in finding out more.

Junior Curling

Curling game

As well as the physical benefits of playing the game, Curling is a fun way of teaching team work and co-ordination. Clubs are always looking for new young people to join, and many hold taster sessions specifically for junior players. Contact your local Curling Association to find a club near you.

Coaching and Volunteering

Coaching can help develop the game

If you are keen to develop Curling in the UK, why not get involved in coaching? The Royal Caledonian Curling Club has a detailed coaching  section with information about courses and some useful materials. You can also try Sports Coach UK. 

Find out about volunteering opportunities with JoinInUK  who can help you find a club that needs your 'hands on' attention. Volunteer Scotland  can also help.

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into rugby union near you.

2. Find your local curling opportunities by visiting Try Curling. 

3. Share your story  and inspire others.

Are you inspired to try curling? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the game by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,  visiting us on Facebook  or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

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