Boccia (pronounced ‘Bot-cha’) is a Paralympic sport for athletes with disabilities that have a major impact on motor skills. Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as bowls.

Boccia is a non–contact driven sport which relies upon skill and subtlety of the player rather than their size, speed and strength. A ball can be propelled by rolling, throwing or kicking. If a player is unable to throw or kick it, they can use a ‘ramp’ (assistive device). If they are unable to release the ball with their hands players can use a head pointer.

Men and women compete together in teams, pairs and individual events. It is a game of precision with leather balls thrown as close as possible to a white target ball (the jack).

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Useful links

Boccia England

GB Boccia Federation


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