About us About our charity Who we help We are delighted to have expanded our services over the last few years to enable a wider range of people to benefit from playing boccia. Whilst boccia was originally designed for individuals with severe physical disabilities, we now offer participation to a large number of disabled or impaired people, whilst retaining our services to those who boccia was originally intended. Individuals with Physical Disabilities Many boccia players have physical disabilities. We recognise that individuals with severe physical disabilities may be unable to take part in any other sports and we are proud to provide a sporting opportunity for these individuals. Taking part in boccia not only provides the benefit of physical activity but it also enables participants to meet other at clubs and our competitions. Individuals with Learning Disabilities Over recent years we have extended our competition offer to include those with a wide range of learning disabilities. Our BC8 (learning disability) competition within the Heathcoat Cup is fiercely contested. Boccia England is a proud supporter of the Special Olympics National Games and a wide range of clubs and activities. Children and young people Boccia England recognises that children and young people are able to learn many skills through boccia. Our Skills Award, attained through our School to Club Link Project, allows young people to participate in boccia within their school environment and at their local boccia club, which helps them develop their life skills including confidence, communication, resilience and responsibility. Our sport is played across all age groups meaning children and young people are able to take part with their peers as well as inter-generationally. Older People Boccia is a unique sport because it can be played by anyone no matter their age or ability. Boccia sessions are regularly held in care and residential homes throughout England. Taking part in a boccia activity prevents loneliness and social isolation as it ensures that individuals have a regular opportunity to socialise and be physically active. Boccia is a great sport for those with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Dementia, and for people who have had a stroke. People who are Visually Impaired/ Blind Visually impaired (VI) boccia is another competitive area of our sport. A VI grid allows players to plot the boccia ball position on court and take part in a full-scale version of the game VI Boccia is fully inclusive to all levels of visual impairment and blindness.