The Kent School Games, Boccia County Finals for the U14 and U19 age groups, took place on Thursday 8 March at the Sports Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury. Over 10 schools took part and the group winners will now go through to the regional finals to be held at Surrey Sports Park on 26 March.
Boccia (pronounced ‘Bot-cha’) is a sport designed for people with severe physical disabilities and is played indoors with soft leather balls. The sport, similar to bowls, has grown significantly in recent years, offering tactical stimulation, tension and excitement for players of all ages.
The Five Acre Wood Warriers are one of the U19 teams going through to the regional finals. Matt Jones, teacher at the Five Acre Wood School in Maidstone said, “We had a really hard fought draw in the first match but then went on to win the next two games 3-1 and 7-1. Luey, Cain and Kai did the school and themselves proud and the hard training certainly paid off on the day. When we got back to Maidstone, all their friends clapped them back into school, which was amazing!
We will need to continue practising and work hard for the regional finals, but hopefully we can keep winning and become the best Boccia team in the country.”
The Kent School Games is a biennial sporting extravaganza, set up in 2008 as a Kent County Council Olympic and Paralympic legacy project to inspire schools and young people to participate in competitive school sport.
More than 30,000 young people between the ages of 4.-18, in primary, secondary and special needs schools take part in the countywide event, many of whom will progress to county and national finals.
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