As part of our continuing work to develop boccia coaches in England, we are pleased to open applications for our 2022 Coach Development Grants – in conjunction with the launch of our new blended Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia qualification.

We are offering Coach Development Grants to the value of £250 to support aspiring coaches to complete their Level 1 Award in Coaching in March 2022. In return, coaches will be required to be actively coaching within a club or community group, and commit to supporting at least 2 of Boccia England's National Talent Development Programme Camps taking place between April and December 2022. The first confirmed date is 17th April in Nottingham.

Applications are open to any leaders/coaches aged 16+ who are looking to take their first steps into boccia coaching. The new blended Level 1 qualification provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for individuals to plan and deliver boccia sessions. The course focuses on the principles of the plan-do-review model and is designed to support coaches in their onward development. For the first time, the course is being delivered through a combination of virtual and in person learning, on the following dates;

Monday 7th March - 18.30-21.00 (virtual classroom)
Thursday 10th March 18.30-21.00 (virtual classroom)
Saturday 26th March 09.00-17.00 (in person - Nottingham, NG9 2NH)

More details about the course


The purpose of our Coach Development Grants is to remove the cost barrier associated with dedicated volunteers becoming formally qualified, and all successful grants applicants will have their full £250 course fee reimbursed, in return for their coaching time. Coaching within the Boccia England Talent Development Programme is the perfect opportunity to continue to develop your coaching skills – Boccia England will be delivering up to 4 national camps around the country between April and December and you will supported by experienced coaches and developers to help put your new skills into practice with our cohort of developing boccia players.

Full details and how to apply for the 2022 Coach Development Grants can be found here:

Coach Development Grants Form

Closing date for applications is 28th February 2022.

For queries regarding the Coach Development Grants and the Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia – contact Natalie Braisby [email protected]. For queries regarding the National Talent Development Programme – contact Andy Partridge [email protected]