Pupils from schools across the county tested their skills in a sports tournament last week competing in the Paralympic sport of Boccia. 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Boccia England under 19 County Schools tournament attracted ten teams from six schools around the county. Boccia is a fast-growing sport, which is like bowls with players competing sitting down, the sport offers physically disabled youngsters the chance to compete all the way up to international level. But at this school’s competition level there will be both a physical disability competition and a pan disability competition open to type of disabilities.  

Impington Village College’s physical disability team and Hinchingbrooke School B team took top honours at the competition, which returned after a break in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year the event was organised and hosted by Cambridge Regional College, who supported 30 Sports leaders to gain level 1 Boccia leaders’ qualifications to be able to run and officiate the matches. 

Hinchingbrooke school B team won a hotly contested final against their schools A team in the pan disability competition with Sawtry Village Academy taking the bronze, after beating Jack Hunt School from Peterborough in close play-off. 

In the physical disability competition Impington Village college were victorious, holding off Jack Hunt School in second place and Sawtry Village Academy in third. 

Rebecca Evans from Living Sport said “This is the sixth year the competition has been held the tournament at Cambridge Regional College and we are grateful to them for taking on the full delivery of the competition this year. It is great to see the competition back and schools supporting this very popular competition for schools, which is very competitive gives students the chance to shine and represent their school in a disability sport which is very inclusive.”