The England Talent Pathway (ETP) is designed to find and develop future Paralympic medalists and help athletes to achieve their fullest potential.

Identify: We screen hundreds of players each year and select a small number to join the pathway. Players are screened over 2 phases: Firstly, in their local environment i.e. school, competition, club, and if successful, they are screened within our academy structure.

Players are assessed in 4 key areas: Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mindset

Develop: Selected players get regular access to high level coaching within their region through our Academies. The academies are an entry route into the ETP and provide a platform for new and experienced players to interact and train together.

Progress: The top of the pathway has 3 tiers:

  • England Performance Group (EPG): The most talented players are brought together to receive high performance coaching. Players in the EPG have the opportunity to be selected to represent England at non-ranking international competitions.
  • Unlock: Each year we will select players who can access the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) which provides services including strength & conditioning, physiotherapy, psychology, lifestyle and nutrition support.
  • Unlock+: A small number of players will be offered 1-2-1 coaching in their home environment for up to 4 hours per week with a high performance coach. These players will also receive Unlock services and will attend the EPG camps.

Performance Transition

The Performance Transition Programme (PTP) provides the opportunity for interface and collaboration between Boccia England talent programmes and the World Class Programme’s medal targets to develop players capable of contributing to boccia.

Athletes are identified by Boccia England, in conjunction with Boccia UK, and will receive a bespoke selection of camps, additional services and competition opportunities. The athlete will get targeted support relevant to them as an individual to accelerate performance.

World Class

Boccia England works closely with Boccia UK who operate the World Class section of the pathway. They are responsible for:

  • Formulating and implementing a World Class Performance Plan for Boccia UK
  • Preparing British athletes and teams for participation in world ranking events with the aim of qualifying a BC1/2 Team, BC3 Pair and BC4 Pair and individual athletes for the Paralympic Games.

We are always looking for new talented boccia player so please get in touch if you think you have what it takes to be an elite boccia player. Please consider whether you are:

Classifiable in BC1-4 

A creative thinker

Keen to learn

Have the desire to progress in the sport


If so, please get in touch: [email protected]