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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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National Governing Bodies

Boccia England

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

Marc Scott