BOCCIA CLUB

 

PARIBC BOCCIA CLUB 

CLOSED DATES IN SUMMER 2017 

Closed 1st Saturday in every month. Other shaded Dates indicate other closures

 

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

May

6

13

20

27

 

June

3

10

17

24

 

July

1

8

15

22

29

August

5

12

19

26

 

September

2

9

16

23

30

On 23rd September The Boccia Club will be at Disability Day at Medway Park at the usual time

 

Congratulations - you've been shortlisted for a Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving award of funding! 
says an email from Skipton Building Society

We submitted an application a few months ago for funding for 2 sets of soft balls for competitions for Prince Arthur Boccia Club to Skipton Building Society and have received this email today. 

The write-up for the Club is on the following link

https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2017-shortlisted-groups/south-east/prince-arthur-road-indoor-bowls-club-boccia-club/

so please click on the above link and vote for us.  Get your friends and family to vote as well.
Below is a copy of the page from Skipton

Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club BOCCIA CLUB
Gillingham, Kent

Your story

BOCCIA IS A SPORT FOR ALL

Group introduction

Our Boccia Club was set up in May 2011 with initial financial assistance from Medway Council and runs at The Prince Arthur Road Indoor Bowls Club, which is a Community Sports Club in Gillingham. The Boccia club is run entirely by volunteers and is a member of Boccia England (BE).

Boccia is a Paralympic sport but our club is open to anyone, disabled or not, to come along to play our seated game (to ensure every player is on a level pegging). Each game consists of up to 6 players in 2 teams, red and blue, and the aim of the game is to get the bowls near the jack. In this way it is very similar to the game of indoor bowls, but differs in that the jack can be anywhere on the proscribed rink. The team that does not have a bowl closest to the jack has to play until they get one of their balls closer to the jack.

We are open every Saturday morning between 10.30 and 1.00 except on the 1st Saturday of each month. We have approximately 30 members of whom 12-16 attend every week, and we welcome anyone wishing to try the game, any age from 7 to 100. Many of our members are disabled but we do have able-bodied friends and family playing as well. Members in wheelchairs play on protected areas of the Bowling Green and have access via ramps. Playing ramps are also provided for those members who need them.

We have a BE registered team of players called the Boccia Knights who have competed in several county and national competitions, and came first in the Kent League last year, but dropped to third this year. We have 3 BE trained referees, two of whom regularly go to BE competitions.

We have supported the Boccia Knights by fundraising to pay their travel and accommodation costs at competitions further afield.

We charge a small fee of £2.50 per adult and £1 for children under 16 to play. We are a very friendly club and members like to socialize during the tea break.

Our club supports Medway Council at their Disability Youth Summer Games and their Disability Sport Open Day events every year and has also been involved in other events in the County. In the short time since the Club started we have assisted 3 Duke of Edinburgh Award seekers through an organized programme of training, and reporting back on their progress, as part of their qualification process.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

We would like to buy the Boccia Knights Team 2 sets of soft Boccia Balls, which are more suitable for competitions in Sports Halls than the ones we currently use on the indoor Bowling Green carpet. The cost of these is approximately £250 - £300 per set.

The new Boccia Balls will considerably enhance their chances of winning in Boccia England competitions.

The Boccia Knights team has currently 7 BE registered members and it is hoped that success will encourage more members to join our Club, and eventually the Boccia Knights team(s).

"If members of your club or group are looking for a new challenge; a sport to get involved in; or simply somewhere to play Boccia; then come along on a Saturday morning. You will be sure of a warm welcome.
Malcolm Clark Co-founder of Prince Arthur Rd Boccia Club"

 

For more information visit:

www.paribc.co.uk

https://en-gb.facebook.com/princearthurbowls

  

 

 

 

 

 

PARIBC BOCCIA gets a mention on the EIBA website Click here

PRINCE ARTHUR BOCCIA CLUB AS A MEMBER OF BOCCIA ENGLAND

OUR REGISTERED TEAMS ARE NOW "PRINCE ARTHUR BOCCIA KNIGHTS A" & "PRINCE ARTHUR BOCCIA KNIGHTS A"        

Team A consists of the following players, Cliff Armstong, Amy Lewington, Charles East and Mark Draper.

Team B comprises John Beddow, Jacky Woods, Owen Porter and Alex Green.

Carole Coulthard is Team Coach & Referee and Gerry Knight is a Referee.

The Prince Arthur’s Boccia Knights are participating in the Boccia England Kent League as well as in other Boccia England tournaments

 

ALEX GREEN'S AWARD

Alex, one of the Boccia Club members, had this report in the Medway Messenger.  We were very pleased for his success and he is now studying for a degree at Canterbury.

BOCCIA CHALLENGE 2012 REPORT AND VIDEO

Look in http://jayenolan.com/2013/01/01/new-year-new-pastime-paralympic-sport-for-all-in-gillingham/  to see how the Challenge was reported.

 

 


Boccia Club meets on a Saturday morning from 10.30am to 1.00pm but the Club does not open on the first Saturday of each month.

Anyone aged from 7+ can come and try it!

A Saturday morning session costs £2.50 for adults and £1 for children and carers who play.

Our BOCCIA Club started in May 2011and welcomes visitors who have played before or would like to learn to play the game.

The existing facilities of our Indoor Bowling Club blend well with the needs of the BOCCIA Club, and there are opportunities to try Indoor Bowling as well.

Comments from our visitors include:

*I will tell other respite carers about the Club.

*Having the Club on a Saturday morning means we don’t have to worry about after-school clubs during the week.

*It’s great!

*The Club is so friendly.

*It’s so local, the nearest Boccia club is in Maidstone.

*There is no other Boccia club in the Medway area and the Saturday morning timing is great!

*I only came because of my son but now I look forward to coming and playing as well.

If members of your club or group are looking for a new challenge; a sport to get involved in; or simply somewhere to play Boccia; then come along on a Saturday morning. You will be sure of a warm welcome.

We had some publicity in the Kent Messenger, Medway edition, see above, which showed some of our Boccia Club members in action.

Beginners are more than welcome to play this Paralympic Sport which is ideal for everyone, including those with restricted mobility and wheelchair users. This seated game is played by up to 6 people in 2 teams using bowls about the size of a tennis ball. Tuition will be given.

More information about Boccia can be found on the following links:

http://www.gb-boccia.org/

http://www.cpsport.org/boccia/

http://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/

  You can email us on boccia@paribc.co.uk.

The BOCCIA Club came into existence thanks to the financial support given by the bodies whose logos are shown below