Boccia (pronounced Bot-cha) is managed and run by Vivacity. It is a Paralympic sport originally for people with disabilities that have a major impact on motor skills, but the game has developed to enable people with visual impairments to take part too.
Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. It is a non-contact sport which relies upon the skill and subtlety of the player rather than their speed and strength. There are several adaptions for visual impaired players depending on the level of sight they have. For example, coloured cones can be placed next to key balls to make them easier to see, or sighted guides can stand over the target ball and also create a noise to help you locate its position. Guides are available to help you or you are welcome to bring your own guide.
For people with moderate to severe visual impairment a handheld tactile grid can also be used. This grid represents a scaled down version of the boccia court. After each ball is thrown, a sport assistant places a tactile marker representing that ball in its position on the grid. The red, blue and jack balls have different textures to allow players to feel where all the balls are on court.
Boccia sessions happen each Monday at Bushfield Leisure centre, but Vivacity are also in talks with Peterborough & District Bowls Centre to hold a session there as well
Where: Bushfield Leisure centre
Cost: £2 per session
Bring: No equipment or special clothing/footwear is needed
We recommend that you book ahead for these activities to insure that there are enough guides and equipment available. To do this you can call Matt Taylor (Vivacity Sports Development Officer) directly on 01733 863783
For more information on the venue you can contact them on the details below:
Matt Taylor (Sports Development Officer)
Bushfield Leisure centre