Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha')...
...is a Paralympic sport introduced in 1984. Athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball. It is played on a court similar in size to a badminton court.
The aim of the game is to get closer to the jack than your opponents. The jack ball is thrown first. One side has six red balls and the other side has 6 blue balls. The balls are leather containing plastic granules so they don’t bounce but will roll. The side whose ball is not closest to the jack throws until they get a ball closest or until they run out of balls. Once the balls have been thrown, one side receives points for every ball they have closer to the jack than their opponent’s closest ball.
How to get involved
The Boccia team trains on a Monday evening (fortnightly, term time only) 18:00 – 19:30 at St Philips School Sports Hall, Harrow Close, Chessington, KT9 2HR. Cost is £5 per session. Head Coach – Sandie Barker, Assistant Coach Alan Booth.