Students are on the ball

Our Sport students have organised and officiated the Disability Sport Yorkshire national under-19s Boccia tournament in partnership with governing body, Boccia England.

The students completed the Boccia Young Officials Award which is a nationally recognised qualification and the first step on the Boccia officiating ladder. The competition provided students the opportunity to work with young disabled people and provided invaluable hands-on experience of being involved in a sporting event.

Boccia is a precision ball sport played indoors with soft leather balls that tests muscle control and accuracy. Pupils from Shelley College; Oakfield Park School; Greenacre Academy; Outwood Academy Danum and Kelford School visited the College to take part in the South Yorkshire qualifier for the Yorkshire Regional Final which will be held in March.

Kane Sanderson, 17, a Level 3 Sport student, said: “I really enjoyed the tournament. It has given me a good insight into officiating a nationally recognised event. The tournament was very competitive and provided me with experience and skills I can use in the future.”

Ian Spencer, an Events Development Officer for Disability Sport Yorkshire, added: “Disability Sport Yorkshire have been organising regional competitions in partnership with Boccia England for several years now, utilising the excellent facilities at Barnsley College.

“The students from the College have been enthusiastic, helpful and willing to learn. This is the main reason we have continued to hold the event at the College.”


Last updated: 30th January 2018

Originally posted on: 30th January 2018