Boccia England local team, Jorvik Boccia came to Woodlands on 8 June for a taster session for residents.
Gold-medal winner Beth Moulam came along to share her love for the sport and residents Daniel, Andy, Duncan and Barry went along to see what it was all about and try it for themselves!
Boccia (pronounced ‘Bot-cha’) is a disability sport designed for participants with severe disabilities. Players propel balls to land close to a target ball (the jack). If a player is unable to throw or kick the ball, they can use a ramp. If players are unable to release the ball with their hands, they can use assistive devices – head/hand pointer.
Boccia is a fully inclusive sport and can be adapted to suit the abilities of each individual player. Inviting Jorvik Boccia to Woodlands to introduce the sport to the therapists and residents and will further help patients regain their independence following severe injuries and neurological conditions.
At Woodlands, in addition to traditional therapy including speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and neuropsychology, patients can take part in music therapy, psychodynamic music therapy, reflexology and lots more – introducing Boccia as a therapeutic tool is a very exciting development.
At Christchurch Group we are committed to promoting and developing opportunities and activities which aid neurological rehabilitation. Boccia at local league level allows players to develop their skills, grow their social networks and enjoy a fun, competitive activity and we the Boccia Open Day was the first step to introduce Boccia to the residents at Woodlands.