Teams from all over Kent turned out to New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone, for a day-long boccia tournament.
The sport – a bit like boules, or the French petanque - is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. Players propel leather balls to land close to a target ball. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team of three over a set number of ends.
Boccia has been a competitive sport in the Paralympic Games since 1984 and the NLL event was one of three regional events organised by the Kent School Games Programme.
Kent boasts one of the most inclusive School Games offers across the country and Boccia is a real hit with schools as entry numbers grow year on year.
Natalie Harris, Kent County Council’s Countryside, Leisure and Sports Events Manager, said: “The support of New Line Learning Academy has been invaluable over the past few years with access to a wonderful venue and excellently trained young Boccia Leaders.”
NLL was chosen as a venue because of the quality of its leadership. Students from the school already help with physical disability events at the nearby YMCA.
Seven schools and over 70 competitors battled it out to become regional champions and qualify for a place in the 2018 county finals, with students from Bradfields Academy, Chatham, Five Acre Wood, Maidstone, John Wallis Academy, Ashford, and Greenfields Community Primary School, Maidstone, winning through.
Images from the event can be found here: http://www.kentschoolgames.com/gallery/view/8765/