Sheffield set to host biggest ever boccia finals

19th May 2016
Sheffield set to host biggest ever boccia finals

The Lord’s Taverners National School Boccia Finals take place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield tomorrow (20 May), where schools from across the UK will be competing for the national title in the Physical Disability finals and the Pan Disability finals.

Angmering School are back to defend the Lord`s Taverners Physical Disability title which they won for the first time last year and Arbour Vale return to defend their crown in the Lord`s Taverners Pan Disability competition.

During the 2015/2016 boccia campaign, 698 teams and 2,890 young people have taken part in the County Competitions, that’s 1000 more than last year.

Additionally, over 400 young people have received training as Boccia Young Officials to support the competitions and 10 have been selected from across the country to referee at the National Finals, supported by a team of Boccia England experienced referees.

127 teams progressed to the 11 regional heats and the following top 12 teams from each competition will take part in their respective National Finals:

Teams

Physical Disability

  • Hebden Green School (North West) 
  • Durham Trinity School and Sports College (North East 1) 
  • The Cedars Academy (North East 2) 
  • Danum Academy (Yorkshire) 
  • Sandwell Academy (West Midlands) 
  • St Georges Academy (East Midlands) 
  • Thomas Wolsey (East 1) 
  • Beacon Hill/Ockenden (Academy East 2) 
  • Vale School Central (Berkshire) 
  • St Giles Special School (London) 
  • Victoria Education Centre (South West) 
  • Angmering School (South East)

Pan Disability

  • West Kirby Academy (North West) 
  • Beverley School (North East) 
  • Danum Academy (Yorkshire) 
  • Baskerville School (West Midlands) 
  • Humberston Academy (East Midlands) 
  • Priory School (East 1) 
  • Gretton School (East 2) 
  • Arbour Vale School (Central) 
  • Trinity School (London 1) 
  • Little Heath School (London 2) 
  • Brimsham Green School (South West) 
  • Sandwich Technology School (South East)

Boccia England’s Junior Programme Manager, Mary Johnson, said: “From year one when only eight teams and 30 competitors took part, the national boccia competition has grown rapidly and over 1,000 more young people have taken part in 2016 than in 2015. The working relationship between Boccia England and the Lord`s Taverners has made this programme the great success that it is, and long may it continue.”

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