What is VI Boccia?

Visually impaired boccia (VI boccia) is played by individuals who are blind or partially sighted. Athletes aim to propel their balls close to the jack ball by interpreting the position of the balls on court by reading a tactile grid, or by using other adapted playing methods.

Watch this short video to showcase VI boccia.


VI Boccia Resource

Click below to access our detailed electronic VI Boccia resource produced in conjunction with British Blind Sport.

VI Boccia - PDF

VI Boccia - Word Plain Text

 

Education and Training

Coaching People with a Visual Impairment – this 2-hour self-guided eLearning module is suitable for anyone looking to support visually impaired people to take part in sport and physical activity. £16.99 at UK Coaching

Find out more

Introduction to Visually Impaired Boccia – this 90 minute, tutor led webinar introduces the basic principles of VI boccia. Check for upcoming sessions via the button below, or contact [email protected] to register your interest.

Register here

Equipment

The VI Boccia Grid is a tactile, handheld, and scaled down version of a boccia court. Plastic pegs act as tactile markers and they have different shapes / textures to correspond to the different coloured balls.  A sports assistant plots the positions of each ball on the court, via the grid.

The Grid can be purchased from the Boccia England shop for £108.

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2021 Development Package

Applications for Boccia England's VI Boccia Development Packages are now closed but please check back regularly for future funding opportunities.

The successful partners of the summer 2021 funding round are: Scarboccia; Sport for Confidence; St Vincent's School for Sensory Impairment and Other Needs; My Sight Nottinghamshire; Blackpool Boccia Club; Panathlon Foundation; Stockport Sensory Support Service; Horsham Sports Services; Defiant Sports.

Details of the VI Development Package can be viewed here: Full Package Details

Get involved!

Contact your local club or visit the British Blind Sport activity finder to find out more about local VI Boccia opportunities.