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University Arena to Stage National Boccia Championships

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Boccia will this weekend become the latest Paralympic sport to utilise the inclusive facilities of the University of Worcester Arena.

The Boccia England National Championships will take place at the University Arena between March 28 and 30, adding to the vast number of sports already staged at the venue since its opening twelve months ago.

The Championships are the pinnacle of the Boccia England season, and bring together the country’s top players to compete for national titles.

The sport, which has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1984, sees athletes with physical disabilities compete over four separate classifications – depending on the extent of their disability – in either individual, pairs or teams.

Boccia has no direct counterpart in the Olympic programme, but its rules are similar to lawn bowls, in that each individual or team will compete to throw their ball closer to the jack than their opponents.

The game is played in over 50 countries worldwide, with Great Britain having won a healthy eleven Paralympic medals over the past three decades.

Lucy Hall, of Boccia England, explains: “We are delighted to be hosting the 2014 National Boccia Championships at the University of Worcester Arena.

“The development of the University Arena, specifically as a disability sports venue, is a tremendous gain for the sport of boccia and we look forward to working closely with the University Arena in the future.”

April White, Project Co-ordinator at the University Arena, adds: “The University Arena was designed with true inclusion in mind, so we’re delighted that, over the course of our first year, we’ve been able to play host to so many different and varied sports.

“We look forward to adding boccia to that list and welcoming the players, spectators and officials for what is sure to be another weekend of exciting sport.”

For further information on boccia and details of the National Championships visit www.bocciaengland.org.uk or telephone 0115 9678455.