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Bigger and better Boccia

Tournament takes place


A BOCCIA Tournament, for the elderly and adult disabled, only the second to be held in the area, took place at Wilberforce Sixth Form College on Tuesday, April 2. The event was first held last spring and proved so successful it was repeated again this year.

Organised by Wilberforce BTEC Health & Social Care Level 2 students together with their teacher, Alyson Baker, Boccia is a Paralympic sport, designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function.

Played inside on a badminton-style court, using soft leather balls which roll along instead of bouncing, Boccia is now a very popular pastime in care settings. It’s suitable for anyone to take part, the elderly, dementia sufferers and people with disabilities, as it’s played sitting down by throwing, kicking or using a ramp to propel a ball onto the court, with the aim of getting closest to a ‘jack’ ball.

Around 50 participants arrived at the College’s site on Saltshouse Road in Hull to take part in the 2019 Tournament. This year’s event was bigger and better than last year with the Tournament running longer, from 10.30am to 2pm, and with more care settings taking part including defending champions Alexandra Court plus Elm Tree Court, St Clare House, Wilton Lodge, Beverley Parklands, Bupa Berkeley and Sutton Village care homes.

Other activities were also available for participants, when resting between games, including Connect 4, Play Your Cards Right, dominoes, card games and quizzes, arts and craft activities, skittles, plus lunchtime refreshments.

Competition was strong but the eventual winners were Alexandra Court, for the second year running, with Beverley Parklands coming second and Elm Tree Court third. First and second places teams were presented with a Tournament Trophy and all teams left with a commemorative medal for taking part.

Alyson Baker, Teacher of Health & Social Care, at Wilberforce College said: “We’re delighted to be able to help our local care settings by providing a venue and support for the East Hull Boccia Tournament. Our students have been working hard over the last eight months to gain specialist skills in caring for the elderly and disabled and really enjoyed meeting and supporting these service users and leading on games activities.”

The photo above shows winners for the second year running Alexandra Court (Left front row first three) and runners up Beverley Parklands (Right front row fourth to sixth). Alyson Baker, Tournament Organiser, Wilberforce College Health & Social Department is shown third from left, back row.

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