GB Winter Olympics curling success inspires Bolsover residents to take up sport

Residents in retirement/sheltered housing in Bolsover have discovered a love of curling thanks to a project run by Derbyshire Village Games in partnership with Bolsover District Council and Sport England.

Derbyshire Village Games – a not-for-profit project that helps local people set up sport sessions and activities in villages across the county – is running the six week course of sessions in five retirement homes.

Laura Stephen, Bolsover Village Games Co-ordinator, said: “The timing is perfect - the success of Team GB in Sochi and the country’s passion for curling has really sparked interest in the sessions which are proving a real hit.

“New Age Kurling is not just good physically and mentally for residents, it also brings people together and encourages their competitive spirit. The social element is so important and allows people to play together whether they are seated, in a wheelchair or able to stand and walk.”

Cathy Rooney, Derbyshire Village Games Project Manager, said: “Village Games works because our team of coordinators go out and talk to people to ask them what they’d like to do to get fitter and have fun right on their doorstep using local facilities. Working in partnership with local authorities we can help them find venues, coaches and instructors and help provide equipment.”

To find out more about how Derbyshire Village Games can help you set up regular activity classes, sports sessions as well as family-friendly events where you live, contact Cathy Rooney on or 07967 763 538.

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