Boccia England Sports Awards | Disability Sport | Irwin Mitchell

Boccia Awards

We’re sponsoring the 2016 Boccia England Sports Awards, a celebration of the inspirational people who are involved with the sport at all levels across the country.

Boccia is an accessible and inclusive Paralympic sport that can be played by people with severe disabilities, testing muscle control and accuracy. It requires players to roll, throw or kick a leather ball towards a jack, aiming to get as close to it as possible. If they can’t throw or kick the ball, players can use an assistant and a ramp to take part in boccia.

Nominations for the 2016 Boccia England Sports Awards are now open, closing 30 April 2016. Download the nominations form here (Word.doc).

The awards recognise individuals and boccia clubs in the following categories:

  • Club of the Year
  • Participation/Community Coach of the Year
  • Performance Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Junior Athlete of the Year
  • Athlete of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Young Official of the Year
  • Official of the Year

We’ve helped set up boccia clubs in Sheffield and Leeds, so we know what a positive effect the sport can have on participants. Karen Codling, an associate director at Irwin Mitchell, was involved in setting up the Sheffield boccia club in 2011, which has since grown from six members to over 40.

“Boccia provides the perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to become involved in a sport that’s enjoyed by players all over the world.

“Engaging disabled children in a sport is such a valuable part of enabling them to realise their full potential and engage with other children who also live with a disability. Boccia is also a fantastic experience for family members to meet other families who also care for a child with a disability. Clubs like this really do make a real positive difference to people’s lives,” Karen says.

You can find your nearest club and more information on the sport by visiting the Boccia England website.

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