We are delighted to announce our new sponsorship from Trelleborg, which will support the Heathcoat Cup competition.


The Heathcoat Cup runs over the course of 12-months with over 250 competitors with disabilities who are looking to start or further their competition experience. Players compete in a series of regional events leading to the national final which will take place in April 2023 at Nottingham.

Boccia is one of the few sports designed specifically for disabled people, and has so many fantastic benefits to health, wellbeing and more.

Chris Ratcliffe, CEO of Boccia England, said:

“We are delighted that Trelleborg have agreed to sponsor Boccia England. Boccia can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability, or disability and for over half of our regular players it’s the only sporting option available to them due to the severity of their disability.”

Mark Jones, General Manager at Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics in Nottingham, England, said:

“As part of our commitment to social engagement, we felt that supporting Boccia England in its grassroots activities is a natural fit with our organisation. We are looking forward to working with Boccia England to achieve their vision that playing this inclusive sport can change people’s lives.”

Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics is an international company with bases in Europe and USA, specialising in engineered coated fabrics that utilise the latest coating, lamination, and hot melt technologies to achieve multiple material performance objectives simultaneously. This includes extreme thermal management, flame resistance, water resistance, antibacterial protection, and UV and smoke toxicity protection. 

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Boccia England

Boccia England is a registered Charity and the National Governing Body for boccia in England. The charity is responsible for the grass roots development of the game to the point where athletes compete in World Class events. These World Class competitions are managed by Boccia UK.

Boccia England receives funding from Sport England as well as from several other smaller funders.


Boccia (pronounced ‘botcha’) is derived from the ancient Italian game of bocce and is similar to the French boules game, pétanque. Boccia is thought to have evolved from one of the first games played in ancient Greece and Egypt where large stones would have been thrown at a target. Sir Francis Drake and Lord Howard even played a game in Plymouth, England, whilst waiting for the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588. It is believed that Sir Francis Drake insisted on finishing the game before leaving to defeat the enemy.

The sport is contested at local, national and international levels, by athletes with severe physical disabilities. It was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. Now the game is played by athletes with other severe disabilities affecting motor skills, and increasingly enjoyed by older people and school pupils.

In 1984, boccia became a Paralympic sport and is governed by the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed). It is one of only two Paralympic sports (along with goalball) that have no Olympic equivalent.

About Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics

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