Inclusive sport

Boccia

Boccia is a fun way to participate in a physical acitivty and meet new people in a safe, friendly environment. 

Session Information

We run weekly Boccia sessions in Northallerton and Stokesley with opportunities to participate either socially or competitively (should you choose to do so).

Venue: Northallerton Leisure Centre, Rotary Way, Stone Cross, Northallerton, DL6 2UZ

Day: Saturdays - Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm   

Booking is required - visit Northallerton Leisure Centre to find out more.

Venue: Stokesley Leisure Centre, Great Broughton Road, Stokesley, TS9 5JJ

Day: Thursday- Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Booking is required - visit Stokesley Leisure Centre to find out more.

Carers/Guardians/ Parents can attend to support participants free of charge.

Competitions available include:

  • Boccia regional league (Team)
  • Heathcoat Cup (Individual)
  • Smile Boccia Open (Individual)
  • Smile Boccia Open (Pairs)

About Boccia

Boccia is played on a flat, smooth surface, usually indoors, with a court the size of a badminton court. The sport is contested at local, regional, national and international levels, by athletes with disabilities.  It was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy but now includes athletes with other disabilities within its competition format.

Aim of the game

Boccia is a target ball sport which tests both muscle control and accuracy. From a seated position, players propel balls to land as close as possible to a white marker ball, known as the Jack. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team of three over a set number of ends (4 for individuals and pairs, and 6 for teams).

Each side plays six balls (red or blue) each end. After each end, the athlete, pair or team with the ball closest to the jack receives 1 point plus an additional point for each ball closer to the jack than their opponent's. Points are accumulated over the course of a match to find a winner. Although simple to get started, the tactics of the sport offer both tension and excitement as the game plays out.

Balls can be rolled down a ramp, thrown or kicked. If a player is unable to release the ball with their hands, they can use assistive devices, such as a head pointer.

Rules of the game

For more information on the rules of the game please see the Boccia England website:

Further information

For more information about Boccia sessions in Hambleton contact communities@hambleton.gov.uk.

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