Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Tournament

Physical Disability Winners Broadgreen International School

Physical Disability Winners Broadgreen International School

Pan Disability Winners Greenbank School

Pan Disability Winners Greenbank School

We were delighted to host The Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Tournament on 5 February. Children from thirteen schools throughout the North West competed at the event with the hope of participating in the U19 National Boccia Championships in Sheffield on 24 April.
The tournament brought together children with a wide range of disabilities to play in teams against other schools. Although this is a competitive sport, there was a real feel of community in the air.
Boccia England, the leading body for the sport, had representatives at the event – Coach Matt Kendrick was on the lookout for potential Paralympic players. When asked why the sport was important to so many people Matt commented;
“It’s their lives, it’s all some people can do. It’s a sport which can be played by those with the highest levels of disability. Some boccia players are heavily reliant on full time carers, and so the importance of a sport which can be played independently is imperative.”
The winner in the pan disability section was Greenbank School, Cheshire. Runners up were Loyne Specialist School, Lancashire and Appleby Grammar, Cumbria.

The winner of the physical disability section was Broadgreen International School, Merseyside. Runners up were The Nelson Thomlinson School, Cumbria and Hebden Green Community School, Cheshire.

Mark Palmer, Sport Development Manager at Greenbank Sports Academy added;
“The coaches and staff at Greenbank would like to thank everybody for their participation and donations. The event would not have been possible without help from The Lord’s Taverners and Boccia England. We wish the winners the best of luck in the national finals in April”.

 

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015