What is Boccia?
Boccia (pronounced bot-cha) is the most inclusive sport you’ll find! It's easy to play, but harder to master!
Boccia is a Paralympic sport with no Olympic equivalent. It’s a target ball sport which tests both muscle control and accuracy. From a seated position (and therefore ideal for wheelchair users) players propel balls to land close to a white marker ball – the jack. If you’re unable to grasp and propel a ball a ramp can be used.
It’s an indoor sport, played on a court roughly the same size as a badminton court. You can compete as an individual, in a pair, or as a team of three.
Who can play boccia?
Boccia can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability, or disability.
The game was originally designed for people with cerebral palsy, and is the only sport available to many severely disabled people.
To be eligible for our talent pathway or be a Paralympic boccia athlete you must be classified as BC1-4, which means severely physically disabled.
Boccia has since developed to include people with all disabilities, and we have a range of competitions open to people with any disability including visual impairments and learning disabilities.
Absolutely anyone can play boccia socially, including non-disabled people as long as they remain seated during play. The game is ideal for children and for older people with limited mobility.