Inclusive Boccia – A festival of joy

Inclusive Boccia – A festival of joy

Over 140 primary school pupils from across Chesterfield turned out for our Key Stage 1 Boccia Festival held on 16th January 2018, at Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Boccia is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. It became a Paralympic sport in 1984. Related to bowls, players propel balls to land close to a target ball, and work together as a team to win points or ends. It is fully inclusive and players can use ramps and other aids should they be necessary.

Part of our inclusive competition calendar we deliver yearly, the Boccia festival was immensely popular, with 7 schools taking part in the Key Stage 1 non-competitive event.

With a carousel of activities that introduced the skills to play Boccia, led by the Chesterfield College sports leaders, the activities included Boccia Golf, Into the Scoring Zone, Hoop Shot and King of the Cones. After the development activities, everyone had the opportunity to play Boccia.

Owen from Hady Primary School broadcasted how enjoyable his experience was, adding; “The one with the bullseye was my favourite. I kept trying to get the ball in the red middle, then when I finally did it, it felt really good. I think I’d be really good at Boccia now!”

“It’s nice to see these children in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoying something different. I don’t tend to see often the students interact with other schools so it’s a wonderful sight.” Mrs Harold of Mary Swanwick Primary School.

Mrs Dilks of Walton Holymoorside Primary School announced; “Seeing the children engaged on each activity is quite fascinating to watch. It’s not often we can just sit back and observe them getting on with it, but I think because they’re having to listen to the instructions carefully and having to pay attention to what they need to do, they seem to be more focused.”

Sports Leaders from Chesterfield College, who were encouraging and motivating whilst organising each activity, supported the event.

Ben, a sports leader, explained how he found the event. “The mixture of different activities, although Boccia related, seemed to really keep them engaged. They seem to be enjoying themselves and how they interact with each other is great considering they’re all from different schools. It makes being a sports leader enjoyable.”

We would like to thank the sports leaders of Chesterfield College for their support in delivering the activities.

 

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