Be inspired by the Olympic and paralympic games

Saturday June 11th see’s Moyle District Council host an inaugural Boccia Competition for the area, “The Greenlight Boccia Championships”. This competition is the culmination of several taster sessions which have been delivered in local schools and within the wider community.

Cross & Passion College is the venue for this exciting event when teams will gather from all over the District to take part in what is going to be a fun filled and competitive day.

Boccia is a seated bowling game that tests the skills of target ability, hand eye co ordination and concentration. Each game comprises three “ends” with the accumulative highest score deciding the outcome.

The game originated in France and was adopted by Disability Sports NI because of its unique ability to combine players of all abilities together in competition. Boccia is played at social and competition level by athletes of all abilities.

Local athletes from Greenlight Gateway won the coveted Northern Ireland Senior Boccia Championship in 2010 and were runners up in 2011. These athletes will be showing off their skills at the Greenlight Boccia Championships that have been named after their organisation in honour of their achievements.

The competition has been awarded the much sought after and coveted London 2012 Inspire Mark – the badge of the Inspire Programme which recognises innovative and exceptional projects and events which have been inspired by the 2012 Games. The Inspire Programme aims to use the Games as a catalyst to inspire change at individual, community, regional and national level ultimately leaving a positive legacy. Northern Ireland currently has a wide range of Inspire projects across different areas, led by diverse organisations. Moyle is proud to be part of this legacy and are happy to introduce the sport of Boccia to its schools and communities.

For further information please contact Moyle District Council, Grace Mc Mullan (Community Sports Development Officer/Disability Champion) on 02820762225 or 07960591602.