Over 100 Key Stage 2 pupils from across Chesterfield took part in the Boccia festival held at Queen’s Park Sports Centre on Wednesday 17th January 2018.
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.
21 teams participated in the festival and 8 teams taking part in the competition. It was an incredible and fun atmosphere with many students encouraging one another during each game.
Hannah from Brimington Junior School was part of the festival team, adding; “I really enjoy playing Boccia. It doesn’t really matter whether you have played it before or not because we’ve been taught how to play today so everyone knows what they are doing.”
“I am absolutely in love with this. I just think it’s such a fantastic event. It is definitely something we want to bring into our school.” Christ Church Teacher.
After a number of close matches in the Key Stage 2 competition area, we are delighted to announce that Brimington Junior School, New Whittington Primary School and Dunston Primary School will progress to the district final.
Sarah Evans, School Games Organiser and Leadership Officer at the Chesterfield SSP, said: “It’s so great to see these many kids engaging with today’s event. Many of them will not have been to other competitions before so this is a great way to introduce them to a fun and inclusive sport.”
We would like to thank Gill Hawkins and the Sports Leaders from Chesterfield College who were encouraging and motivating whilst organising and refereeing the matches.
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