Pupils from schools across the county will test their skills in a sports tournament with a difference – competing in the Paralympic sport of boccia.
Organised by Living Sport, sponsored locally by Irwin Mitchell Cambridge office and hosted at Cambridge Regional College, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Boccia England Under 19 County Schools annual tournament has attracted fifteen teams from nine schools around the county with places in the Regional level competition up for grabs. The competition takes place on Thursday 21st November 10am – 2pm.
Cambridge Regional College students have been trained as qualified Boccia officials through Boccia England and will be taking a central role in managing and officiating the event.
The fast-growing sport, which is similar to bowls with players competing sitting down, offers physically disabled youngsters the chance to compete all the way up to international level. But as this schools competition level there will be both a physical disability competition and a pan disability competition open to type of disabilities.
Fifteen teams from nine schools will take part across the two competitions – Castle School in Cambridge, Cambridge Regional College, Impington Village College, Gretton School in Girton, Granta School, Linton, Jack Hunt School and Helwate School both from Peterborough as well as Hinchingbrooke School and Sawtry Village Academy from Huntingdonshire.
Competition organiser Rebecca Evans from Living Sport said
“This is the fifth year we are holding the tournament at Cambridge Regional College and we are grateful for their support for both the venue and the young officials. We are delighted to have Irwin Mitchell on board this year as are local event sponsors; their support has meant we can add more into the event for the young people to benefit from. This is a very popular competition with the schools and it is very competitive, with places in the Regional competition at stake we are looking forward to an exciting day of Boccia”