Amy Lewington

Boccia England is a registered charity and National Governing Body for Boccia in England. Boccia is a Paralympic Sport similar to indoor bowls, a target ball sport which tests both muscle control and accuracy. From a seated position, players propel balls to land as close as possible to a white marker, called the ‘jack’. Those who cannot throw/kick the ball, due to their disability, use an assistive device such as a ramp. The sport was established originally for individuals with severe physical disabilities who may have been unable to take part in any other sports. Now Boccia England has extended the services offered to enable a wider range of individuals to play from children to the elderly with physical disabilities/learning disabilities and difficulties, and visual/hearing impairments.

 

The reason I am fundraising for this charity is:  Boccia has given me opportunities to take part in a sport despite having Cerebral Palsy and be about to compete in competitions,  I didn’t think was possible. For example competing at National level and recently I was invited to join one of the 4 Boccia Academies to enable me to progress further. I volunteer as a timekeeper too at competitions when not playing myself.

 

There are officials and many other volunteers involved who dedicate their time and energy in making the charity a success, a friendly team  advising you how to improve the game and be the best, but most importantly just to have fun!  Taking part in boccia not only provides the benefit of physical activity but it also enables participants to meet others at clubs and our competitions.   As well as being a player there are opportunities to go on courses qualifying as a coach and/or referee, safeguarding.

Amy Lewington