If you’re thinking of starting your kids in curling, Curling Canada 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. Curling Canada 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 (develops upper body coordination and the ability to “read” distances)
- Hopscotch (develops balance, coordination and rhythm)
- Tightrope (develops coordination and balance)
- Head and shoulders, knees and toes (develops coordination and balance while lifting and lowering objects)
- Twist and shout (develops coordination and balance)
- Outdoor golf toss (develops upper body coordination and the ability to “read” distances)
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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