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Making Boccia Accessible event success in Dubai

downloadVia Inside the games

Seven Asian countries were represented at a “Making Boccia Accessible” event in Dubai.

The scheme, supported by world governing body the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed), the International Paralympic Committee’s development arm the Agitos Foundation, UK Sport, GB Boccia and law firm Hogan Lovells, aims to train “ambassadors” in the sport across the world.

Once trained, the ambassadors will return to their home countries to help spread the sport and encourage more people to play boccia.

It is hoped that up to 10,000 new boccia players can be introduced into the sport, with 400 boccia sets circulated as part of the project.

Andrinne Craig and Darren Thomson were selected by Scottish Disability Sport to represent BISFed in Dubai, following sessions in Africa and South America.

Representatives from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Jordan, Mongolia and host country the United Arab Emirates were in attendance.

BISFed President David Hadfield was also present for parts of the course.
The Mongolian representatives said they had not touched a boccia ball before arriving in Dubai.

“We were looking for opportunities for children with cerebral palsy and love that boccia is so inclusive,” said a representative from Sri Lanka.

“We will create a boccia group and forum and train ambassadors from each district who can begin to deliver boccia to children in those areas.

“There are three CP special schools with 110 plus pupils and now they have a sport to play.

“We want to create happiness and the opportunity for children to play sport through boccia.”

Via Inside the games