East Hull’s first Boccia Tournament, for the elderly and adult disabled, is to be held at Wilberforce 6th Form College next week. The event, which it’s hoped will become an annual one at the College on Saltshouse Road Hull, will be supported by Wilberforce BTEC Health & Social Care students and their teacher, Alyson Baker.
Boccia (pronounced ‘Bot-cha’) is a Paralympic sport which was designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function. Played inside with soft leather balls, which don’t bounce but still roll, on a badminton-style court, Boccia is now a very popular pastime in care settings. The elderly, those with dementia and people with disabilities can all take part as it’s played sitting down by throwing, kicking or using a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a ‘jack’ ball.
Around 50 participants are taking part from a range of care settings in Hull and the East Riding including Alexandra Court, Sutton Village, Castle Keep, Magdalene Park and Parklands care homes. There will also be other games for those taking part to circulate between whilst not competing in the Tournament, such as Connect 4, Play Your Cards Right, skittles, dominoes, card games and quizzes.
Alyson Baker, Teacher of Health & Social Care, at Wilberforce College says “It’s great to be able to help out local care homes by providing a venue for this first ever East Hull Boccia Tournament. Our students have worked hard all year to gain specialist skills in the health & social care area and are all really looking forward to meeting and supporting clients and leading on games activities.”