Boccia is a sport similar to bowls for athletes with a disability.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport, played in over forty countries worldwide. It is a target ball sport which tests both muscle control and accuracy.
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 assisted device.
Why is it good for me?
Boccia is proven to not only provide and aid physical activity but it also is proving to improve mental strength.
It is also very socialable and able-bodied people can play boccia in a social setting as long as you stick to the rules and stay seated during play.
How much does it cost?
Clubs and other settings my offer a free taster begin with but it is then likely that you will either have to pay a session charge or a club membership.
What equipment do I need?
Most clubs/settings will provide initial equipment but if you want to get your own down the line. A set of boccia balls consists of 6 red, 6 blue and 1 white Jack ball.
For players who are unable to throw or kick- a ramp (assistive device) is required. A head pointer may also be used with a ramp.
Boccia England, the national governing body has lots of information on its website including a club finder. Links are below.