Borders to host Boccia Nationals

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Borders Sport and Leisure has arranged for this region to play host to its first National Open Boccia Competition on August 29.

Around 40 players from across the country, including the Borders, will descend upon the Queens Leisure Centre in Galashiels for the event which is part of the Scottish Disability Sport’s Boccia series,

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders 
Sport and Leisure, said: “To hold a National series Boccia event in the Borders is an honour and testament to how well Boccia has developed throughout our region.”

The competition will feature three sections: players with a physical disability, players with a learning disability and players who use assisted ramps. Matches will commence at 10am and spectators are welcome.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure disability development officer, added: “It will be constant action throughout the day with over 70 matches being played.

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the support from Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group and SBC disability services. We are always looking for volunteers – anyone who would like to help and get involved with this Paralympic sport please contact me.”

The sport of boccia is rapidly growing in popularity and Borders Sport and Leisure recently launched the Borders Boccia Club as part of its commitment to supporting and developing disability sport. The competition on August 29 will provide many of the club’s members with their first opportunity to compete against players from outwith the region.

For more information on the Borders National Open Boccia Competition and volunteering opportunities, contact Alan Oliver on 07716 323747.