Boccia tournament is huge success

First-year BTEC Sports students from Truro College recently lead pupils from various local schools during a Boccia Tournament organised by charity organisation Panathlon and the Cornwall Schools Partnership.

The students attended the event as officials and team managers, which they prepared for through a training session before-hand so as to learn the rules and experience the game themselves.

Vicky Pring, the Deputy Team Leader for Sport at the College, was thrilled with how the day went, saying: “It was an excellent day for both the participants and leaders and hopefully the leaders gained practical, sports-based skills and leadership skills to use in later life.”

The tournament was not only a great opportunity for the students to gain experience in coaching but a wonderful experience for the pupils involved in the competition. Boccia is a sport specifically aimed at those with a physical disability, requiring a lot of skill and precision. This tournament saw 16 teams from various Cornish schools competing to move on to the South West finals in Exeter.

Steve Hillman, Inclusion Officer for the Cornwall Schools Partnership, said: “From all of us a massive thank you to Truro College for hosting us and a massive thanks to their leaders too. It’s great to have a tournament like this in Cornwall and for Chris to come down this far is really appreciated.”

Chris Sugden, Event Manager for Panathlon, said: “It’s always a great pleasure to come down here, always great fun. It’s a fun competition but also a progression. While a lot of the pupils just enjoy the day some are more competitive and like the opportunity to move on to the next stage.”