A SPORTS club in Sheffield with Paralympic ambitions is going from strength to strength – thanks to a donation from a charity appeal backed by The Star.
Sheffield Smashers, a boccia team for young disabled people, was given a £1,000 grant through the Star-backed 12 Days of Christmas appeal, run by city charity Help A Child Have A Chance.
The cash has been used to buy new equipment including two sets of boccia balls, a ramp, scoreboards, measures and bats, as well as funding coaching for nine people.
Boccia is a sport similar to bowls played by athletes with more severe physical disabilities.
Now, in a move to get more players involved, the Smashers will now be based at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in the city centre, running sessions every Thursday evening.
The club is run for disabled people aged eight to 25.