Making Boccia Accessible
Fifteen delegates from seven countries attended the launch of BISFed’s ‘Making Boccia Accessible’ project in Johannesburg, South Africa on 28th March.
The project’s aim is to bring boccia to parts of the world where it is not yet played or is under-represented, and has been sponsored by the IPC’s Agitos Foundation, UK Sport and Hogan Lovells.
The delegates learned how to play boccia and importantly, how to and teach others to play. During the workshop, they learned how to mark out a court; the basic rules and tactics of boccia; and how to referee a game. There was also the opportunity to practice boccia with some very competitive games being played between the countries.
At the end of the workshop, each delegate received a certificate as a new ‘BISFed Boccia Ambassador’, together with a set of BISFed Standard Boccia balls. Our new Boccia Ambassadors will return to their countries with the responsibility of training other Ambassadors and teaching people how to play the game . BISFed will deliver over 400 sets of balls free of charge to the National Paralympic Committees of selected countries during 2015.
BISFed President David Hadfield said: “This project is so important to the future growth of boccia; our dream is that the ‘Making Boccia Accessible project will reach over 10,000 people who have never played boccia before. Having started this project so successfully in Africa, we are looking forward to launching it in Central America and South East Asia later in 2015”