Boccia is a game to be played for enjoyment. The benefits for the individual would be, making friends, socialising, competitive spirit, team camaraderie and of course the health benefits.
It's a target game, which demands skill and subtlety as opposed to strength or speed and is played in this country by young and old. Also those with and those without a disability.
With being a parent of a 12 year boy with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and finding it hard to get him involved in activities and sports due to his disability, we found Boccia was the answer. Boccia was something that he could get involved in and with his own efforts achieve what is required from the sport.
Idea of setting up a club. Though Boccia is a growing sport in the UK, by 2009 there was still no Boccia clubs in Cambridgeshire. Though stressed out and tired with caring for my child with a disability, I was willing to take on the daunting task of starting a Boccia club. The task ahead was how and where to get funding for publicity, sports hall, Boccia balls and also putting in the effort into keeping it going.
I contacted the Sports Development Officer for South Cambridgeshire Council about the idea. She was up for the idea and with the help of the various councils across Cambridgeshire, such as Peterborough, Huntingdonshire and City of Cambridge, which all work together under an organisation called the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough County Disability Sports Forum made the task less daunting.
They set about getting funding, for instance a set of proper Boccia balls can cost ?300, then publicity to get people to come, hire out the Sports hall, a coach and other equipment.
Over the months the club grew and is made up of people with a physical disability and learning disabilities. Within a year we had group of us (John Wright, Treasurer, Nicky Myers, Chair and Sam Wright) who were willing to form into a serious club and go it alone. We formed a committee, made a constitution and opened a bank account. Also Camboccia entered into the National Pan Disability Boccia League, proudly wearing club shirts and bringing joy to the participants.