VIDEO: Try indoor curling in Blackhall

ICE-COOL adults are being urged to sign up and try out a traditional winter sport – in a community centre.

People can play curling with a difference at weekly classes at Blackhall Community Centre.

Pals Norman Kennedy, who is aged 79 (left) and his pal, 68-year old Ron Deakin are regulars at the Wednesday morning New Age Curling sessions at Blackhall Community Centre.

Pals Norman Kennedy, who is aged 79 (left) and his pal, 68-year old Ron Deakin are regulars at the Wednesday morning New Age Curling sessions at Blackhall Community Centre.

The sport works exactly the same as it does when it is played on ice, except the stones run on small ball bearings across the floor.

Alison Paterson, Blackhall Community Centre manager, said: “It’s something a bit different and so far it’s proving very popular.

“When you tell people about the classes, a lot don’t get it, they think it’s a new dance or something like that because obviously everyone immediately associates curling with ice.

“But everyone who has came along to the sessions so far have really enjoyed it. It’s something they have never tried before and we have had some great feedback.”

The sessions at the centre, in Hesledon Road, have been organised in partnership with Nouveau Fitness.

They take place every Wednesday, from 11am-noon and all people have to pay is a 50p donation.

That donation goes towards the cost of running the sessions, which are held at the venue for 24 weeks.

Alison added: “We are encouraging men and women to come along and give it a go.

“People don’t have to have played at all in the past, it’s for people of all abilities.

“It’s a great chance to get some exercise and to socialise and to try out something new.

“We have a lovely group of people who take part and we would love to welcome even more along to the fun sessions.”

For more information about the session or events at the centre, call (0191) 5867396.