Borders boccia league begins for 2020

Borders Boccia Club begins its 2020 League Games programme today (Friday).

By Sports Team
Friday, 21st February 2020, 9:55 am
A set of boccia balls
A set of boccia balls

The Queen’s Centre in Galashiels is the venue for the first of five events.

The sport, played extensively by people with disabilities, but anyone – disabled or able-bodied and of any fitness level – can take part.

Boccia is very well supported in the south east of Scotland, with a number of accomplished players around the Borders towns.

The game, pronounced ‘bot-cha’, is a target ball sport, quite similar to bowls, which can be played individually, in pairs, or in teams.

Te game balls can be rolled down a ramp, thrown or kicked.

If a player is unable to release the ball with their hands, they can use assistive devices, which makes it super inclusive.

The game is run locally by a partnership including Borders Disability Sport, Borders Boccia Club, SBCLD Team and Live Borders.

There are five Boccia clubs in the Scottish Borders – in Galashiels, Peebles, Hawick, Kelso and Eyemouth.

Borders Boccia Club co-ordinator Linda Seggie – who was named coach of the year at last year’s ClubSport Ettrick & Lauderdale awards – hoped the new series of games would inspire all who play and encourage others with a physical or learning disability to take part in boccia.

There could be with an opportunity to develop through the league, to enter regional and national competitions.

Some could have the chance to play for Scotland or Team UK if their disability fitted into one of the five categories, she added.