Sir Francis Drake played bowls, maybe Napoleon preferred boules but the fact is that there are many variations on the game where the aim is to throw, roll or pitch a ball as close as you can to the ‘jack’. Indoor bowling facilities are a welcome retreat during inclement weather though they are few and far between. But there is an alternative. Boccia (pronounced like gotcha) is a way of playing the game indoors and the only requirement is a reasonably sized room and a set of boccia balls. Unlike other variations on the old theme, it’s played sitting down which makes it a wonderfully inclusive game. It’s been a Paralympic sport since 1984.
If you’d like to learn more about boccia, there’s more information on Wikipedia
We recently set up a tournament at one of our extra care schemes. Here are some photos from our gallery:
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