If you’re thinking of starting your kids in curling, the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) has developed Curling for Life, a program focused on providing both long-term fitness and fun for those who want to enjoy the sport recreationally and the appropriate training for those who dream of turning pro.
Most local curling clubs offer lessons for kids, and some programs accept children as young as 5-years-old. The CCA also offers an elementary school program called Rocks and Rings that allows kids to try curling in their school gym with adapted equipment.
Curlers need to be able to run, throw, and glide on ice. They also need to develop balance, coordination, and flexibility.
Activities your child can do now
Here are some AfL activities you can do at home with your kids to help them develop these skills:
- Bucket toss golf
- Head and shoulders, knees and toes
- Twist and shout
- Outdoor golf toss
Find out what skills can be introduced to children at different ages using our Skills Builder tool.
Check out these kids from Prince Edward Island curling in a “bonspiel” (the name for a curling tournament).
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