Boccia England is amongst a group of over 120 organisations working in partnership with Sport England to level up access to sport and physical activity across the country.

We will receive expertise, support, and an investment of £2.2m of government and National Lottery funding from Sport England over the next five years to co-deliver the ambitions of its 10-year Uniting the Movement strategy.

Sport England research shows that some groups are typically less active – like women, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people, people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic groups. Right now, the opportunities to get involved in sport and activity – and reap the rewards of being active – depend too much on your background, your gender, your bank balance and your postcode.

This investment will enable Boccia England to engage more disabled people in the uniquely accessible sport of boccia. Over the next five years we will develop community infrastructure to provide local opportunities to play and compete; make boccia more easily available to families with disabled children; and recruit and develop more women and girls in our talent pathway.

Over £550million is being invested in total, with the partners including Boccia England receiving funding for up to five years. This new funding model from Sport England provides longer-term financial security as organisations recover and reinvent from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

All partner organisations were selected by Sport England due to their ability to influence change and improvement at the heart of the system they are a part of, no matter how big or small.  This is the first step on a journey to revolutionise Sport England’s approach to long-term partnerships as it seeks to partner and collaborate with innovative organisations to deliver Uniting the Movement and build a nation where everyone can get active.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:

“Sport England’s goal is to get everyone active– no matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is. But we know that certain groups – like disabled people – are more likely to be inactive. We can only innovate and tackle inequalities effectively by thinking about long-term change; Uniting the Movement is a long-term vision, and our funding approach needs to reflect that. Changes to our funding model will help us achieve our goal, by making it easier for our partners to do what they need to do to level up and deliver.”

Chris Ratcliffe, CEO of Boccia England, said:

“We are delighted to be amongst the organisations partnering with Sport England. For many people with severe disabilities, boccia is the only sporting option available to them.  This investment will enable us to make a real difference in supporting disabled people to get active through boccia. We look forward to working with Sport England and other partners in making a difference.”