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The aim of the game is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue as close as you can to a white target ball, or jack.

An Overview of Boccia

Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha') is a sport similar to bowls for athletes with a disability. Boccia is totally inclusive and can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or disability.

Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue as close as you can to a white target ball, or jack. The balls can be moved with hands or feet, or, sometimes, with an assistive device It is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.

At the end of each round, or end, the distance of the balls closest to the jack is measured, and points awarded accordingly - one point for each ball which is closer to the jack than the opponent's closest ball. The team/player with the highest number of points at the end of play is the winner.


  • Requires high levels of accuracy, concentration and tactical awareness.
  • Provides physical, mental and social benefits.


A set of Boccia balls is ~£120


A set consists of one white 'jack' ball, six red and six blue weighted leather balls. Other useful equipment to play could include ramps, referee paddles and tape measures/calipers.


  • Boccia is a target sport first introduced to the Paralympics in 1984.

Find Boccia Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Boccia England

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Boccia England
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0115 967 8455
Riverside Get Active

Riverside Get Active

Gentle exercise group for people aged 50+. Activities on offer include: ping pong, Kurling and Boccia.

Join our active group for fun, exercise and friendship. We have a go at different games for around 45 minutes and then have a cuppa and a chat, sometimes while listening to music.

A dementia friendly environment. Everyone is welcome.

The group meets at Riverside Leisure Centre every Tuesday except for the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

For more information and to book your place, please contact Cathy Eden (Community Outreach Officer, Age UK Norwich) 01603 496321 or email cathy.eden@ageuknorwich.org.uk

Competition Manager (Maternity Cover)

Boccia England is a registered charity and the National Governing Body (NGB) for boccia in England. We are responsible for all aspects of the sport in England, and are dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through boccia.

We are currently recruiting a Competition Manager on a fixed-term maternity cover contract. Joining our small staff team and reporting to the Head of Development, this role will be responsible for promoting and delivering the Boccia England competition programme, ensuring high quality events which promote participation and where appropriate enable pathway talent identification.