The Making Boccia Accessible project was first conceived in 2013. The Agitos Foundation awarded BISFed a grant and further financial backing from Hogan Lovells and UK Sport meant that the project could significantly expand before it even began.
The first process was to identify a manufacturer for the equipment that we wanted to provide to children in disadvantaged countries around the world. All manufacturers of boccia balls were given the opportunity to tender for the project and a shortlist was created and samples requested to ensure that the highest quality balls were purchased. Handilife were selected as the successful bidder based on price, quality and company values. The balls are expected to be ready before the end of 2014 ready for delivery in the new year.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office have also supported the project. They are currently making arrangements to deliver the balls to the foreign territories free of charge. This has ensured that more sets have been purchased and will in turn mean more people will be introduced to our wonderful game.
After the successful Agitos application in 2013, we applied for another grant in 2014. The board recognised that the development of referees, coaches and classifiers was paramount to developing the game in established countries. By increasing the number of classifiers and referees internationally, it would allow BISFed to expand the number of competitions, which in turn would increase the standard of boccia played.
We have approached our technology provider, Sport:80, to develop a system that we can use to remotely teach participants. Although only in the early planning stages, we are confident that we will be ready to launch the system in 2015.
As part of BISFed’s ‘Making Boccia Accessible’ project, we entered into an agreement with Handi Life Sport to manufacture and supply sets of ‘BISFed Standard Boccia Balls’. These high quality boccia balls represent excellent value for money and will be available exclusively to BISFed Members. Each set contains six red, six blue and one white jack ball, all branded with the BISFed logo and contained in a strong canvas bag. BISFed has negotiated a special price of €80 per set of balls, plus delivery (any local taxes and/or duties payable must be paid by the BISFed Member). Orders will be taken in multiples of 5 sets (i.e. 5, 10, 15 etc.) and there will be a minimum order size of 5 sets.
The procedure for ordering the BISFed Standard Boccia ball is: