New guide to support the use of Boccia as an assessment and intervention tool
Boccia England and Sport for Confidence have jointly produced a publication to support the use of boccia in occupational therapy practice, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT). Boccia (pronounced ‘bot-cha’) is a fun and challenging sport similar to the game of boules, although typically played from a seated position. It is also a Paralympic sport. Boccia England is the National Governing Body (NGB) for boccia in England.
On Tuesday, March 7 the publication was officially launched at an event at Basildon Sporting Village in Essex. The event was well attended by professionals from both the sport and health sectors and provided an opportunity for everyone to play boccia! RCOT’s Director of Professional Operations, Julia Skelton, opened the day by emphasising the timeliness of the publication. Attendees also heard Paralympic boccia gold medallist (Beijing 2008), Dan Bentley, talk about his personal experience of boccia changing lives, alongside this being the vision of Boccia England. Boccia player and Sport for Confidence coach, Donna Robinson, also shared her delight at rediscovering the sport, through participating in Sport for Confidence boccia sessions at Basildon Sporting Village, which she had previously encountered at school,
To be sent free copies of the guide please send an email with your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would also be delighted to hear from anyone who is already using boccia in their practice. Sport for Confidence is planning a workshop to support occupational therapists in using sport and physical activity within their practice and would be keen to hear from anyone interested in attending. To support occupational therapists in using the guide, Boccia England is offering a 5% discount on boccia balls at the Boccia England Shop once you become a member. To do this please visit www.bocciaengland.org.uk.