Olympic-inspired sport coming to Oakdale

Saturdays won’t be the same in Oakdale, as registered charity Brendoncare Clubs is opening a new weekend kurling club for older people on 17 June 2017.

Inspired by the Olympic sport of ice curling, kurling sees teams compete to get their ‘stones’ on to a target. The stones run on ball bearings and players use a stick to push them. So, unlike with the original version, there is no bending down required, making this is an ideal game for everyone, even those with limited mobility.

Brendoncare runs a range of clubs for older people across Dorset and Hampshire. These include exercise clubs, clubs which meet in local pubs, singing groups and even a new gardening club. Due to the popularity of kurling with members, the new Oakdale club will be the 15th dedicated kurling club launched by the charity.

Research has shown that regular gentle exercise in later years can be beneficial to posture, mobility, joint movement and balance. Brendoncare’s Head of Club Services, Edwin Ingleton, says “Kurling is great, because it can be played indoors, so it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside. It’s competitive, fun and involves moderate exercise. We know from experience that people live happier and more fulfilled lives if they are able to enjoy the companionship of like-minded people, stay mentally and physically active, and mix with friends.”

Launching on 17 June, the club will meet every Saturday between 10.30am and 12.15pm at St George’s Church, Darbys Lane, Oakdale, Canford Heath, BH14 3EU. The weekly cost, on a pay as you go basis, is £3, which includes refreshments.

More information about all of Brendoncare’s clubs, including the new Oakdale kurling club, can be found by clicking here or by telephoning 01962 852133.

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