On 10 May, the government confirmed changes to what's allowed in relation to sport and physical activity as part of the next phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak which means that some sports activities were able to restart from Wednesday 13 May.

We understand that this guidance relates to outdoor sports only that can safely operate under the guidelines, including with relevant social distancing.

As far as boccia is concerned, it is important to remind everyone in the boccia community that Boccia England’s position remains the same in that all our current club activities, competitions and courses remain suspended until further notice.

This also includes any activities taking place through any of our affiliated clubs or by our members. Our guidance is available at https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/coronavirus. Any changes to the guidance will also be published at this location.

We appreciate that this situation has been difficult for our members and clubs and we continue to stress the importance of continuing to respect the conditions that have been set out to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our members is paramount.

We will continue to plan for our return to boccia through the provision of clear guidelines to our members, and our clubs so there is a clear understanding in what conditions need to be in place before we can return.

To assist with planning for a return to our sport, we will establish a working group to look at setting out any guidance that may be required so that operational decisions can be made. This work will focus on providing guidance on a safe and enjoyable return to boccia.

Boccia England position as of 18th March 2020

In light of the rapidly changing situation involving Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the expectation that stricter measures could/will be introduced in the coming weeks, Boccia England has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019/20 Competition season and to suspend boccia activity across the country at all levels of the game at this time. This means we have suspended competitions, courses, events, programmes and training sessions for the time being until further notice. 

We have also made arrangements for all our staff to be able to work from home and during this transition we ask for your patience in terms of responding to enquiries. We will continue to be fully operational with arrangements in place to deal with telephone enquires as well as post.

It is important to stress that the health and safety of our members is our main priority and to avoid the spread of Coronavirus we will be continuing to follow the government’s advice, which is to move away from mass gatherings and for the public to avoid any unnecessary contact where possible over the coming weeks. We also strongly encourage those with underlying health conditions to continue to follow the guidance in terms of social isolation to minimise the risk of becoming ill.

We will shortly be publishing a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document which should answer any queries you may have. However, please email [email protected] if you have any other queries relating to the Coronavirus and Boccia England.

Given the positive impact, boccia has on many people’s lives and the importance of keeping active at this time, we will be considering different approaches to encourage people to be active through boccia using digital and virtual resources over the coming days and weeks.

Please keep following the government and public health advice here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and we look forward to welcoming you to Boccia England competitions next season.