New AoC Sport and Boccia England partnership to increase college opportunities

To coincide with National Boccia Day, AoC Sport and Boccia England are delighted to announce a partnership to increase opportunities for AoC Sport member colleges.

There are a number of ways in which colleges can get involved:

At least one boccia Local Development Opportunity (LDO) will run in each region in England this academic year.

The winners of each region will then be invited to the AoC Sport National Championships on Friday 24 April to take part in the inaugural boccia celebration event.

Through our partnership with Boccia England, we are also pleased to be able to host Boccia Leaders and Officials Awards at a discounted rate for students in colleges.

Boccia England have also kindly offered to host AoC Sport Inclusive Ambassadors to volunteer at Boccia England events across the country.

AoC Sport Development Manager, Laura Danskin, said: “I am really happy that we are starting to offer more inclusive opportunities for both students and staff in colleges.

“The success of a few pilot projects last academic year has led to the roll out of additional programmes and activities- we only hope to continue to grow the success and scale of these.

“The boccia celebration event at the National Championships will allow us to test our resource before hopefully embedding the opportunity into the regional tournaments and National Championships in future years, something all of us at AoC Sport are really excited about!”

For more information on how your college can be involved in LDOs, the AoC Sport Inclusive Ambassador programme or the leaders and officials award, please contact

What is Boccia?

Boccia is a Paralympic sport which is similar to bowls. From a seated position, players propel balls to land as close as possible to a white marker ball, known as the Jack. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team and receive points for being closest to the Jack.

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