Boccia England have been awarded a grant of £37,000 to help young disabled people take part in sport. This grant will fund a Disability Officer who will support around 270 disabled teenagers from 48 schools across eight regions.
These young people will learn how to play boccia, a game closely related to bowls and petanque. Links will be forged between schools and regional boccia clubs and will see six weeks of activities at each school. The clubs will then deliver ongoing weekly sessions so the players can develop their skills.
The aim is to help the young people develop greater self-confidence, improve their health through greater physical activity and gain an improved social life.
Marc Scott, Development Manager for Boccia England, said:
“We are very grateful to Nottinghamshire Freemasons for their generous grant. It will allow us to improve the lives of hundreds of young people here in Nottinghamshire and across large parts of the rest of the country”.
Barry Woodhead from Nottinghamshire Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help Boccia England, who do outstanding work with disabled youngsters in our community. We’re looking forward to seeing the Nottinghamshire Boccia Club win through in their Super League matches.”