New age kurling has arrived at a Bognor Regis centre.
The Laburnum Centre’s first staging of the Paralympic sport was held with support from young sports leaders. The Regis School students led and umpired the event between teams formed from 25-30 of the centre’s members.
One of the students, Jay Beacher, 13, said: “We’ve organised the players into teams, set up the equipment and are refereeing the games to make sure they go smoothly.
“We’ve held a kurling tournament for primary school children but this is the first time we have done anything like this. It’s good fun but it’s very competitive.”
The sport’s launch at the Lyon Street centre last Thursday was thanks to Bognor Regis Lions Club. It donated a £300 set of equipment. President Roger Turner joined the town’s mayor, Cllr Pat Dillon, at the first tournament.
Both rolled their sleeves up to join in. Mr Turner said: “We were pleased to help out. This is going well and everyone’s enjoying themselves. It’s hard work and there’s fierce competition. They’re not taking any prisoners here.”
One of the players, Felpham resident Annie Gadd, 72, said: “It’s the first time I’ve played the sport and it’s good fun. I’ve just had a knee replacement and it’s a sport I can do without having to bend down.”
Sean O’Connor, the school sport partnership manager at The Regis School, said: “These are Year 9 sports leaders and today is about extending their leadership skills by working with a different age group. It is part of our community outreach work and the 2016 Paralympics legacy.”
Laburnum Centre co-ordinator Paul Catt said: “We wanted to introduce a new sport which anyone could do and new age kurling is a Paralympic sport. It can be played from a wheelchair, standing up using a pole or a ramp to launch the stones.
“We’re grateful to the Lions for the equipment.”