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Boccia

The aim of the game is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue as close as you can to a white target ball, or jack.

An Overview of Boccia

Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha') is a sport similar to bowls for athletes with a disability. Boccia is totally inclusive and can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or disability.

Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue as close as you can to a white target ball, or jack. The balls can be moved with hands or feet, or, sometimes, with an assistive device It is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.

At the end of each round, or end, the distance of the balls closest to the jack is measured, and points awarded accordingly - one point for each ball which is closer to the jack than the opponent's closest ball. The team/player with the highest number of points at the end of play is the winner.

Benefits

  • Requires high levels of accuracy, concentration and tactical awareness.
  • Provides physical, mental and social benefits.

Costs

A set of Boccia balls is ~£120

Equipment

A set consists of one white 'jack' ball, six red and six blue weighted leather balls. Other useful equipment to play could include ramps, referee paddles and tape measures/calipers.

Facts

  • Boccia is a target sport first introduced to the Paralympics in 1984.

Find Boccia Activities Near You

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Make your Move

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National Governing Bodies

Boccia England

Contact Name
Boccia England
Contact Email
info@bocciaengland.org.uk
Contact Telephone
0115 967 8455

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Charity arm of Leicester City Football Club delivery community and school based sports initiatives.

Millfield Academy

Primary School part of the LEAD Academy Trust. Member of the HBSSPAN. 2 form entry Reception to Year 6.

Hinckley Special Olympics Club

Inclusive Multi-Sport & Social Club which meets every friday evening from 4.30 pm to 6.30pm. Has disabled facilities. Principle sport played is boccia.

Charnwood Boccia Club

Charnwood Boccia Club

The Charnwood Boccia club offers boccia sessions for people with physical and learning disabilities who strive to get more active and gain confidence.

Competition Manager (Maternity Cover)

Boccia England is a registered charity and the National Governing Body (NGB) for boccia in England. We are responsible for all aspects of the sport in England, and are dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through boccia.

We are currently recruiting a Competition Manager on a fixed-term maternity cover contract. Joining our small staff team and reporting to the Head of Development, this role will be responsible for promoting and delivering the Boccia England competition programme, ensuring high quality events which promote participation and where appropriate enable pathway talent identification.

Partners

  • Charnwood LSA
    Active Leicester
    Active Partnerships
    H&B LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Melton LSA
    Blaby LSA
    O&W LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
    NWL LSA
    Sport England

Partners

  • Active Rutland
    H&B LSA
  • Active Leicester
    Leicestershire County Council
  • O&W LSA
    Active Partnerships
  • Charnwood LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Equality Standard
    NWL LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Melton LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Sport England