News and events Events The Big Bocciathon Join us for 24 hours of live-streamed boccia-related fun and activities to raise much-needed funds to change the lives of disabled athletes From 10am on Friday 23rd April we will be live-streaming 24 hours of boccia fun! We've got guest appearances from many of our partner organisations, boccia clubs, volunteers, and athletes at England and GB level. As well as boccia and fitness activities to join in with, there'll be a quiz, bingo, comedy, and much more! Check out the schedule below for the latest updates. Make a donation On the day you can head on over to our YouTube channel to watch - everyone welcome - and consider making a donation to support our work to change lives through boccia. We're also offering you the opportunity to be part of the action! Many of the sessions will be interactive and will have the opportunity for you to dial in and participate via Zoom, therefore becoming part of the live-stream! You will be able to access as many of these sessions as you like with a Zoom Pass, available for a minimum £5 donation. Get your Zoom Pass here .. HERE ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES COMING UP... .. Join us at 10am BST for a preview of the next 24 hours and some updates from the Boccia England Team After a preview to give you a taste of what to expect from the next 24 hours, Boccia England staff will re-cap the highlights of the last 12 months and give an update on some of the things you can look forward to the year ahead. .. Join us at 11am BST for a Boccia-land Adventure with SMILE through Sport Join SMILE Through Sport us to visit Boccia-land. We will be doing 45 minutes of physical activity and exercise suitable for all. The session is set to a story “An adventure to Boccia-land”. Designed to be fun and social rather than physically challenging. If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session! Find SMILE Through Sport: Website; Twitter (@Smile_T_Sport); Facebook .. Join us at 12pm BST to hear about how boccia is being enjoyed in schools across the country Join us as we share information about some of our schools programmes and hear from some of the staff and students at Howes Primary School in Coventry who will be telling us all about how boccia has benefitted them. .. Join us at 12.10pm BST to learn some new boccia drills to test yourself with! Join Sandra as she explains three different ways you can improve your boccia skills at home. .. Join us at 12.30pm BST to hear from our England Performance Group (EPG) coaches Boccia England Head of Talent, Andy Partridge, has a chat with EPG coaches Sandra King, Dan Bentley, and Dan Headley to find out all about their experiences coaching some of the most talented athletes in the country. We'll find out how they got involved in boccia, hear about the impact the sport has had on their lives, and learn what their proudest coaching moments have been. .. Join us at 1pm BST with Tom Doughty from Sport for Confidence to learn about using boccia within an inclusive organisation and join in with the 10-Sock Boccia Challenge! Sport for Confidence will explain how they use boccia as an assessment and intervention tool for anyone facing a barrier to participation. There’ll be a conversation with a coach and occupational therapist on their personal experiences of delivering boccia within an inclusive organisation, followed by an interactive boccia skills session – which will involve some hand-eye coordination drills and the Sport for Confidence 10-Sock Boccia Challenge! You’ll need a basket/bucket/saucepan... and 10 rolled-up socks or other round items if you want to join in! If you have a Zoom Pass you can join at 1.20pm to be part of the live action for this interactive session! Find Sport for Confidence: Website; Twitter (@sportforconf); Facebook .. Join us at 2pm BST with Molly Wisbey from Solent Nutrition Join Sports Nutritionist Molly who is going to be providing an interactive cook-a-long session on the theme of healthy homemade snacking. With nutrition being an important element of sporting performance, we look to create our own homemade snacks with Molly to fuel your boccia sessions. After a vote on social media, the live cook-along will be peanut butter and banana flapjacks! Download the ingredients and equipment list here so you're ready to go on the day! If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session! Find Solent Nutrition: Website; Molly’s staff profile; Twitter (@solentnutrition); Instagram (@solentappliednutrition) .. Join us at 3pm BST as Ella leads us through a live workout session. Ella’s Wheelchair Workouts are upper body workouts for participants to complete in their own homes. They are a series of exercises that work participants’ upper body through strength training, cardio training, and resistance band training. They are suitable for anyone with an impairment, limited movement or injury in their lower body. Ella’s Wheelchair Workouts use everyday household equipment such as a broom and tins of beans to make the workouts accessible for all without needing specialised equipment. If you're planning to join in with this workout, you will need: a bottle/drink of water; some weights or something that can act as weights (e.g. tins of beans, bottles of water, bags of flour); and a broom (or something similar - you can use a long stick!). If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session! Find Ella: Twitter (@ellabee24); Instagram (@ellabmedia); Facebook; YouTube .. Join us at 3.30pm BST for boccia tips and tricks from Louis Saunders and Peter Langton Join GB BC4 athlete Louis Saunders and Academy BC2 athlete Peter Langton as they share their top boccia tips and tricks from grassroots to elite level. They’ll share what they’ve learnt about training, how to prepare for a game physically and mentally, the call room, and how to wind down afterwards. Find Louis: Instagram (@louissaunders13) Find Peter: Twitter (@PeterLangton97); Instagram (@p_langton1997) .. Join us at 4.15pm BST to watch an interview with GB BC4 athlete, Stephen McGuire This is a chance to watch part of a recent interview between Stephen and his coach, Claire Morrison. .. Join us at 5pm BST for a session on mindset with David Smith MBE Paralympic gold-medallist, David Smith MBE, will be talking about mindset and exploring the concepts that he has found useful to motivate himself over the last year. David will encourage discussion around mindset, behaviour, and self-determination. If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live discussion for this interactive session! Find David: Website; Twitter (@Bocciasmithy); Instagram (@smithy2389) .. Join us at 6pm BST for some children's bedtime stories If you've been watching along with little ones, this is a chance for a few stories before bedtime. There will be a boccia-related bedtime story, followed by a few well-known classics read by Emma Holmes from Boccia England. .. Join us at 6.15pm BST for an insight into boccia in South Africa from Reinet Barnard Richard Evans interviews Reinet Barnard, South Africa's only international boccia referee, to find out more about the relatively recent growth of the game in the country and the benefits it is having for those taking part. Reinet has been there since the beginning of South Africa's boccia journey, helping the sport grow from school activity, to provincial and national competition. Reinet tells Richard about the first time she took an athlete to an international competition and some of the surprises they had when they arrived in Belfast! .. Join us at 7pm BST for a Scavenger Hunt with SMILE through Sport Can you find the boccia items around your own home? Join us for some challenges and games related to boccia. You do not need real boccia equipment to take part. If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session! Find SMILE Through Sport: Website; Twitter (@Smile_T_Sport); Facebook .. Join us at 8pm BST to watch officials and players battle it out in A Question of Boccia Join us to watch host, Ian Ward-Pugh, put a team of officials and a team of boccia players through their paces in this boccia-themed game show. Who will emerge victorious? .. Join us at 9pm BST for a Quiz with Terry Fearn Volunteer official, Terry, will be hosting an interactive, fun quiz which will cover boccia and lots of other categories! Join in and see how many you can get right! Zoom participants will have the chance to win a prize in a special bonus question at the end! If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session! .. Join us at 10pm BST for Bingo with Emma! Eyes down for a full house! Join Boccia England's Emma Holmes for some bingo fun! You'll be able to download a bingo card and play along, or if you've got a Zoom Pass you can dial in for the session and have the opportunity to win some spot prizes! If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session and will be sent your own bingo cards! If you're playing along without a Zoom Pass you can download a bingo card here, here, here, or here. ..# Join us at 10.35pm BST to watch Boccia of the Day Join "Gary Lineker" and commentator, Peter Langton, as they undertake a light-hearted review of the highlights from some of their favourite boccia matches. .. Join us at 11pm BST for Last Orders at the Boccia England Arms! Join landlord and landlady, George and Natalie, for a pint (or a cuppa) and an informal chat about all things boccia. If you're a player or a volunteer we'd love to hear your stories of your favourite boccia moments, and if you're new to the sport why not come along and ask a few questions in a relaxed and friendly environment? If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live conversation for this interactive session! .. Join us at midnight (12am BST) for a live interview and a boccia activity with Boccia Canada athlete, Iulian Ciobanu Tune in for a live link-up with Canada! We'll be chatting to BC4 athlete, Iulian Ciobanu, about his boccia journey and how he is preparing for Tokyo. Iulian burst onto the boccia scene in 2015, making his first national squad just one year after taking up the sport. He won an individual bronze medal at the Canadian Boccia Championships, and a pairs gold at the 2015 BISFed Boccia Americas Teams and Pairs Championships, and he competed in the pairs event at the Rio Paralympics in 2016. After a live interview, Iulian will share a boccia activity for you to practice at home. .. Join us at 1am BST to watch an interview with GB athlete, Claire Taggart This is a chance to watch a recent interview between Claire Taggart and her coach, Claire Morrison. Claire is a BC2 athlete and was the first person from Northern Ireland to represent GB in boccia at the Paralympics. .. Join us at 2am BST for an insight into the lives of our International Officials Enjoy hearing about the experiences of some of our most highly qualified boccia referees. .. Join us at 4am BST for a workout with Kris from Wheely Good Fitness Join Kris Saunders-Stowe for an early morning work-out. Kris is a wheelchair user and has specifically designed his exercise routines for disabled people. All the exercises can be adapted to suit your ability. Find Wheely Good Fitness: Website; YouTube Channel .. Join us at 4.30am BST for an interview with Louis Saunders Ever wondered about the career of a GB boccia athlete? Then tune in for this insightful interview with Louis Saunders! It will cover topics such as what got him into boccia, his many achievements, the speed of his career journey, how he managed to play boccia alongside full-time school, and how we has adapted his day-to-day training and studying during the pandemic. Find Louis: Instagram (@louissaunders13) .. Join us at 5am BST to hear Richard Evans and Lucy Hall talking about how Boccia England was formed back in 2011 Richard and Lucy take us on a trip down memory lane, talking about the creation of Boccia England out of CP sport, 10 years ago. Lucy Hall was one of the first people in the UK to be employed in a paid boccia role, as CP Sport's Boccia Coordinator, back in 2007. She recounts the moment she realised that Sport England were prepared to fund the development of boccia in England, and the events that were set in motion as a result. .. Join us at 6am BST with SMILE through Sport Join SMILE Through Sport as they take us through some boccia skills and drills to try at home. They will show you the activity and how to adapt the skills and equipment for your needs, then it will be time for you to have a go! If you would like to play along with the activities you will need: boccia balls (or something to use instead like rolled up paper, socks, beanbags or soft toys); two cones (or something to use as cones like skittles, water bottles, or T-shirts); a large sheet of newspaper or paper; and three targets such as paper, a tea towel and a place mat. Find SMILE Through Sport: Website; Twitter (@Smile_T_Sport); Facebook .. Join us at 7am BST for a conversation with some of our Academy and England athletes Join us to find out about how some of our athletes have dealt with the transition from local to national, and in some cases international, competition. We'll hear some of their "tales from the road" as they've travelled to compete in boccia! This chat, led by Sandra King and Dan Headley, features athletes Dan Bentley, Jonathan Brough, Jabe Peake, and Peter Langton. .. Join us at 8am BST for a Mindfulness Meditation Practice with Benjamin Coulston Join Ben for a mindfulness meditation practice, a wonderful practice for helping you connect to all five senses, find a place of ease and presence and a bit of inner peace and stability to being your Saturday with. As well as practicing some meditation and mindfulness for yourself, there will be some time for Ben to explain a little bit about meditation too. For the session, wear whatever is comfortable for you (pyjamas if you really want to!) - anything that is loose fitting and comfortable to sit in will be fine. For the meditations you can sit on a chair, on the floor, or however you are most comfortable. Your comfort is the priority! Find a quieter space in your home, or wherever you are, where you can practice in the session without distractions or interruptions. As to how you make your space cosy and peaceful is entirely up to you - you can make it your own little area to practice for this short session. You are the most important thing you can bring to your session, but you may also find it handy to bring a drink of water or tea, a blanket or cushion for comfort, or even a notepad if you have any notes, observations, or insights to jot down. If you have a Zoom Pass you can be part of the live action for this interactive session! Find Ben: Website; Instagram (@bcmindfulness) .. Join us at 8.30am BST to see Boccia England Board members battle it out in a series of boccia challenges! Four of our Board members will go head to head, in a live battle of boccia skills. Who will emerge victorious? .. Join us at 9.15am BST to hear from Liz Fisher and some of the Boccia UK athletes Liz Fisher, Head of Performance Pathway at Boccia UK, took some time out of this week's training camp to answer your questions! Liz's role is to support the talent identification, screening and development work in association with the Home Nations to populate the performance player pathway at all levels. We will also hear from some of the GB athletes as they tell us why they love boccia and about some of their most memorable moments. Booking for this event has now closed.