We have released the findings of our 2021 survey which show that, despite the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the game continues to make a significant difference for players with limited mobility. 89% say playing boccia is having a positive impact on their daily lives, and for 89%, participating in the game makes them feel better about themselves.

The results show that for 65% of players, boccia is the only sport or activity they do, highlighting the importance of the sport in contributing towards enabling everyone to be active.

Asked about what makes it easy for them to play boccia, 87% replied the suitability of boccia, 76% said the support of others, and 74% identified the equipment within boccia. The nature of the sport makes it so inclusive, with adaptations possible so anyone can play.

The survey asked about the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on players’ mental health. For 54% there has been a significant impact on mental wellbeing.

While Covid continues to have an impact on activity, around 50% of clubs have returned, with players benefiting from playing face-to-face again. Hannah from boccia club, Paul’s Place is delighted to be back playing boccia. She says, "Boccia is really important to me because it helps me make friends and I really enjoy it. It gives me self-confidence and I love being with other people".

Our CEO Chris Ratcliffe said, “This year’s survey covered the period when some of our clubs and players started to return to activity as national Covid restrictions eased and we know that this return will be gradual for our sport and players. We are pleased that we have been able to continue to provide virtual opportunities for players and volunteers to engage with us and in the sport, as we return to face to face delivery of boccia. The results of the survey show that boccia continues to have a positive impact on people’s lives and their wellbeing and we’re looking forward to having more face-to-face opportunities to play over the next year.”