Norwood Sports holds inaugural inclusive Boccia Tournament for people the charity supports

29 August 2017

Norwood Sports held its very first fully-inclusive Boccia Tournament at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre on Monday, 21 August.

Boccia is a precision ball sport, related to bowls. Athletes with disabilities play the sport competitively at local, national and international level.

Seven Norwood Homes from across London took part in the charity’s first Boccia Tournament. The homes played five-minute games against each other, with Team Woodcock Dell from Kenton emerging victorious.

This was a great result as Woodcock Dell have been receiving Boccia coaching form the Norwood Sports team for the last two years, as part of a programme supported by Sport England Funding. The Norwood Sports team now aims to provide this tournament on a regular basis and branch out into different inclusive sports.

Andrea Ford, Norwood Sports Manger, said: “The tournament was a fantastic afternoon of fun and laughter teamed with healthy competition. Everyone was able to participate and it was great to see teams made up of people we support and also staff from their home.  We hope we will be able to hold similar events in the future.

Helen, Assistant Homes Manager, Woodcock Dell, said: “I want to thank the Norwood Sports Team for their enthusiasm and motivation arranging the Boccia tournament. It was a very positive experience. The people we support were really engaged, which isn’t easy for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. I hope that these opportunities can continue and develop in the future.”

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Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

It supports children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.