Get involved Schools and education Schools and education Developing young people to be the best they can be and reach their potential through boccia. Competitions Boccia England Schools Competition The competition is split into two divisions: physical impairment and any other impairment, known as Pan disability. Schools take part in county competitions with the chance to qualify for the Regional then National Finals. County and Regional events are delivered throughout England by our fantastic team of volunteer competition organisers and the National Final is hosted by Boccia England. As part of this competition programme, Boccia England trains and develops Young Officials to support the competitions. Competitions take place between October and June. School Games The School Games is a programme designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. “We are delighted to recognise the innovative work of Boccia England within the School Games with this NGB of the Year award. Boccia England's development of provision for inclusive competition sits at the heart of the School Games mission, providing more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. “ – Ali Oliver, CEO of Youth Sport Trust. To find out more about the schools games and how you can get involved head to the Your School Games Website In addition to these competitions, we offer a range of other individual and team competitions that can be found on our competitions page, Heathcoat cup. Skills Award We work with selected schools to enable them to deliver boccia within the school environment. This initiative allows children and young adults (12-18 yrs) with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) to take part in physical activity, overcoming a range of barriers they might face when trying to access sport outside of the national curriculum. Boccia is played across all age groups resulting in children and young adults being able to play with their peers as well as inter-generationally. The scheme has also been evidenced to improve a number of life skills, including communication, resilience, responsibility and confidence. Through a 10 weeks structured, extra-curricular club, the students develop their own character traits which are vital in wider life and employment. The approach is based upon the Youth Sport Trust "My Personal Best" resource, which helps students understand their own skills and capabilities, ensuring they reach their potential. School to Club Link As a great way for coaches and leaders to receive support or share ideas and for athletes to have more opportunities to play and train you can link with your local boccia club. This is also a perfect way for you to continue playing during school holidays and when you leave school. You can find out more about the support clubs can provide here or where your local club is in the clubs page of our website. Training and volunteering If you are interested in furthering your knowledge of boccia and developing as a coach or official, click here to find out how you can do that. There are also a number of ways that you can be involved in boccia outside of your school, click here to find out about other volunteering opportunities. Membership Have you considered becoming a member of Boccia England? Find out more about the schools membership offer and member benefits here.