Boccia is a precision ball sport, similar to bowls, that can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls as close as they can to a target ball or ‘jack’. Boccia athletes typically have a disability, such as cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions, and use a wheelchair.
Senior Lecturer of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, David Pryce, said: “Our second year Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy students, are delighted to have the opportunity to host this competition at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“Having already received a Boccia NGB Training qualification, we look forward to welcoming students, staff, family and friends from most of the special schools in Cheshire for the School Games Level 3 finals. Boccia is a well-established game of skill, which requires accuracy and good hand-eye coordination, and is a regular event in the Paralympic Games. We anticipate keen competition with over 12 teams and 70 players facing each other in a four hour tournament across eight courts.
Our involvement is the latest in a series of Level 2 and Level 3 competitions in a variety of sports, for both primary and secondary schools, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy students and staff have supported over recent years as coaches, officials and organisers.
Spectators, both from the university and beyond, will be welcome to support these young people, for whom sport plays an important part in their lives.’’
The event will be held at the Cheshire campus sports hall on Thursday, 8th December from 10:00 – 14:00. Spectators are welcome, though capacity is limited.
You can learn more about the sport of Boccia at Boccia England’s website: bocciaengland.org.uk