Boccia

A game of precision, skill, and tactics - get your ball as close to a white target ball as possible. Boccia’s played by people of all ages and disabilities. Internationally it is played by athletes with severe physical disabilities.

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Boccia in the School Games

There has been rapid growth of boccia played through the School Games. In 2017 around 19,000 students taking part across 475 events compared to almost 25,000 students playing in one of the 568 competitions in 2018/19. The activities in the intra-school resources have been designed to present some of the challenges that you might expect to see in a game of boccia in a fun and exciting way. ‘Boccia 12’s’ is a shortened version of the tradition game, played as a team across 2 ends. This format also allows for more matches to be played in a short space of time at inter school competitions.

Being part of the School Games helps us to reach more young people, particularly those who will benefit most from the sport. As a fully inclusive sport, boccia enables all pupils to take part, having a positive impact on individual development.

Boccia is a sport that can be adapted to play in any indoor space, but to set up ‘a match’ your minimum requirements are:

  • A court measuring 12.5m x 6m or a modified badminton court
  • 2 different coloured balls and a white jack ball (traditionally played with 6 Red, 6 Blue, and 1 white jack ball)
  • It can be played individually, between pairs (2v2) or in a team (3v3)

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Boccia along with Goalball are the only Paralympic sports that have no Olympic equivalent. There are currently more than 70 nations that hold membership with the international federation BISFED.

Boccia England

Boccia England is a charity and the National Governing Body (NGB) for boccia in England.  We are responsible for all aspects of the sport in England from beginner to expert, providing for all levels of participation and are dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through boccia. For many severely disabled and older people with limited motor skills, boccia is the only sporting option. Boccia is a simple sport to introduce and can be easily adapted in any environment and is a low cost sport making it accessible to so many people.

You can find out more about our school offers on the schools and education page of our website - https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/schools-and-education.

Keep up to date with what is going on through our Facebook and Twitter pages (@BocciaEngland).

If you have any boccia questions or would like some more information on how you can do more boccia in your school, please contact Dan Headley, Development Officer for Education via [email protected]

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Boccia was first introduced into the Paralympics at the New York and Stoke Mandeville Games in 1984.

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Activities to do at home

Return to play guidance – This document provides practical guidelines, based on government guidance, to allow boccia training in England to return indoors safely. A return to activity should be done at the right time and pace for you, your club or group – and of course when the government’s guidelines allow you to reopen. - https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/return-to-boccia-training-guidance

Virtually Boccia - is a virtual offer form schools and colleges. It is made up for a series of skill-based challenges, with each student completing the challenge using boccia equipment of at home adapted equipment. Each student’s score contributing to their school or college score. There will be three rounds, with each round consisting of four activities. https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/virtually-boccia

Rainbow Cup – is another virtual competition offer, available to anyone to play. It was designed to be played at home using boccia equipment or adapted equipment. https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/Pages/Category/the-rainbow-cup

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