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The Boccia England (BE) Cup is a thrilling competition for the top level athletes with physical disabilities (BC1-BC5) from across the country. The BE Cup is a competition for individuals on an invite-only basis.

THE BOCCIA CLUB IS PROUD TO HAVE MEMBERS COMPETING IN THIS COMPETITION

Amy Lewington
Layla Parsons
Jacky Woods

 from our Boccia Club have been invited to play in the Boccia England Cup again this year.

  The BE Cup Sheffield 11th January 2020 was the first of 3 qualifying competitions.Amy Lewington competed in the BC1 Category where she came 8th.

Jacky Woods and Layla Parsons competed in the BC5 category for which Jacky Woods received the Gold Medal and in doing so, gained enough points to qualify for the Finals to be held from 15 – 18 May 2020. 

Layla came 7th in the BC5 category. There are 2 more events to play at Hatfield on 8th February 2020, and Gloucester on 4 April 2020, so Layla and Amy can still get enough points to qualify for the finals.

The Team Coach Nick Keith, with the help of Roy Porter, has been training the Boccia Knights for these competitions and the Boccia England Kent League.

We wish them all the best.

Here is Jacky Woods’s Report on the BE Cup Sheffield 11th January 2020 Unfortunately Layla and I were drawn to play in the same group and for the first time in competition I actually beat Layla. I had very mixed emotions about this result. My next game was very very close, I went into the fourth end 3 – 0 down and managed to win 3 points off Archie, unfortunately my 4th ball was just a millimetre too far. Well at least I have a chance as we now go to a tie break. This again was so close we both had to throw all 6 balls and with each throw we knocked each other off the jack, when all balls were thrown the referee had to call the head referee as the balls were to close to call. John arrived with feeler gauges and to my relief mine was the closest. Unfortunately I lost my last game against Amy D. I was so pleased to see the match TV which said I had done enough to go through to the semi finals but I had been drawn against Ollie who I have played for the last 4 years and I haven’t beaten since our first meeting. I did it, I beat him 7 – 1 to go through to the finals. I was very nervous going through to the final as I was playing the only person I had lost to all day, Amy D. Imagine my surprise when for the first 2 ends I was in the lead, Amy managed to claim a point in the 3rd end. We went into the last end exhausted, Amy managed to get a scoring ball onto the jack but she only had 2 balls left, I wasn’t able to move her ball but put my remaining balls in the way of the balls she had on court which was easier than getting to the jack which meant that although she scored with her last 2 balls she was only able to claim 3 points making the final score 4 – 5 meaning that after 5 years I was finally able to claim gold.

My extreme thanks goes to Nick who’s help with my training has enabled me to win gold. This win has ensured that I already have enough points to qualify for the final in May. Layla played really well but losing to me on her 1st game knocked her confidence and in the group she won 1 her next game against Amy D but lost to Archie. This meant she went into the playoffs for 7th and 8th. She played really well to win and go into 7th place.

Amy had the worst group to play in, she was drawn against 2 GB players. She let her nerves get to her a little bit but she played really well and managed to take points off Dan in her 1st game. This meant she had to play 3 more games to decide 7th, 8th and 9th place and again although exceptionally tired she won a game to finish in 8th place.

We still have 2 more events to play at (Hatfield and Gloucester) so Layla and Amy can still get enough points to qualify for the finals.

Jacky  


The Heathcoat Cup is an exciting competition
for all impairment groups (BC1 – 8)

For players wanting to start or further their competition experience, with the opportunity to qualify for the Heathcoat Cup Final.

Competitions take place between November and March

Mark Draper took part in the Heathcote Cup in November 2019 winning a Silver medal and now is through to the BC6 category in the Finals of the Heathcote Cup on 26th April in Warwick.

BE COMPETITIONS BEING HELD AT HATFIELD 8TH & 9TH FEBRUARY

Owen Porter (18) is in the BC2 category for these games and is the youngest player in the Prince Arthur Boccia Knights. He will be playing a singles competition at Hatfield on Sunday the 9th February as part of the Heathcoat Cup. With the help of Nick Keith and Roy Porter who have coached Owen in training to compete in these games. We wish him all the best of luck in these games. He will have the support of the Prince Arthur Boccia Knights behind him.  

Amy Lewington,Jacky Woods and Layla Parsons will also be competing at Hatfield on the Saturday 8th February in their respective categories of the BE Cup


SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2019

The Kent Messenger reported

The Prince Arthur Boccia Knights has been running for four years but has never had its own uniform. This changed when a chance encounter with the Gillingham Lions Club secured sponsorship of £450. Members are now sporting new tracksuits, including jackets and jogging bottoms. Boccia is a form of indoor bowling for people with disabilities.
Players throw coloured balls at a white ball and the team which gets the closest wins.
The money was presented to Owen Porter at the club, in Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham.

THE BOCCIA KNIGHTS WORE THEIR NEW UNIFORMS FOR A PRESS PRESENTATION FOR THE GILLINGHAM LIONS.

SOME OF THE GILLINGHAM LIONS MEMBERS WERE ABLE TO JOIN US IN BOCCIA SESSIONS AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THEMSELVES
19th October 2019 Gillingham Lions presenting cheque for £450 to help pay for Boccia Knights new uniforms

Owen Porter received the cheque and the Kent Messenger reported

The 18-year-old has cerebral palsy and is the Knights’ youngest player.

His sister Billie-Jo Porter – whose mum, dad and brother are all involved with the club – said:
“Everyone was over the moon with it.”

“They have just been playing in polo shirts for the last eight years
so we thought we’d try our luck and ask the Lions Club to help us.

“We didn’t think they’d say yes, we’re so grateful.

Members of the Lions Club were even invited to try their hand at a game
when they visited the club in Prince Arthur Road on Saturday, December 14.

“This was there first time playing the game”, she said. “They threw most their balls out of the court.”



Additional diary events


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 “PRINCE ARTHUR BOCCIA KNIGHTS A”,
“PRINCE ARTHUR BOCCIA KNIGHTS B”
AND NOW “
PRINCE ARTHUR BOCCIA KNIGHTS C”

Team A consists of the following players, Jacky Woods (Capt), Layla Parsons, Alex Green and Louise Lavelle Team B comprises George Keith (Capt), Leigh Rybak-Rajewski, Mark Draper and  Cliff Armstong Team C comprises Owen Porter (Capt), Amy Lewington, Charles East and Henry Wright  Nick Keith has taken over from Carole Coulthard as  Team Coach & Referee.  Our thanks go to Carole for all the hard work she has put in past years. 

Nick Keith, Carole Coulthard, Gerry Knight,  Roy Porter and Jacky Woods are Referees. The Prince Arthur’s Boccia Knights are participating in the Boccia England Kent League as well as in other Boccia England tournaments


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

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