About us About our charity Who we are We are a registered Charity and the National Governing Body (NGB) for boccia in England. We are responsible for all aspects of the sport in England from beginner to expert, providing for all levels of participation and are dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through boccia. What makes us Unique? Boccia England is uniquely placed to make a massive difference to the lives of so many people who otherwise would not have access to the benefits sport can bring. Boccia is a totally inclusive sport and can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or disability. Boccia is the only sporting option for many severely disabled and older people with limited motor skills Boccia is simple to introduce and is easily adaptable within a social environment. Boccia is a low-cost sport and therefore accessible to many. Boccia England has a strong committed base of volunteers. Our Vision: Playing boccia, changing lives! This vision is driven by our belief that through the power and inspiration of boccia, real change can be made to people's lives. How we help Living with a disability is known to increase the chances of experiencing mental health problems, such as depression, which can lead to feelings of isolation. Evidence shows there is a link between physical activity and mental health, helping people with mild depression and protecting against anxiety. Physical activity promotes a positive change in our mood and brings about a greater self-esteem which is key for boccia players who may find significant barriers to participation in most other sports. New support networks are created at our boccia events where individuals feel comfortable and build confidence to speak to others who understand their daily challenges. Informal support networks are also created for the players' families, and life-long friendships are regularly formed. Our Mission We have 5 key priorities: Promote participation in boccia; Empower our athletes to achieve their full potential; Provide a sustainable future for the sport; Support and develop our staff and volunteers; Develop and govern the sport. Our Strategy 2017-2021 can be viewed here. Our Values To be: Inclusive Ambitious Professional Excellent Honest Respectful Fair Our History Originally part of CP Sport since 2009, we operated as a stand-alone entity within CP Sport from 2010. Boccia England became independent on 1 January 2012. At the end of 2012 we gained our National Governing Body status from Sport England.