Boccia is an adaptive sport, similar to bowls, designed for people with cerebral palsy, acquired brain damage or severe physical disabilities. It is played with six red balls, six blue balls and one white ball, and players must throw balls of the same colour as close as they can to the white ball.
Sounds easy, right? Well, it is not – players need high precision, great self-control and a carefully planned strategy.
The UA gives you the chance to engage in a fantastic Paralympic sport and learn about these surprising disabilities.
For years, the University of Alicante's Sports Service has been working on an inclusive sports project to expand our offer of instructor-based physical activities and schools with various forms of adaptive and inclusive sports: wheelchair basketball, adaptive diving, goalball and boccia.
To promote this activity, it will be available for free during this academic year.
Boccia, just like wheelchair slalom and goalball, is a specific adaptive sport, which means it was designed for people for whom it is really difficult to take up other sports.
This sport is played in over 50 countries all around the world, which is why it has been a Paralympic sport since Los Angeles 1984.
Boccia is governed by the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) and, in Spain, by the Spanish Sports Federation for People with Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Damage (FEDPC) and the Spanish Sports Federation for People with Physical Disabilities (FEDDF).
Boccia events are mixed gender and comprise the following categories: BC1 (competitors play with their hand or foot, helped by an assistant), BC2 (they play with their hand or foot, without an assistant), BC3 (players need an assistant and a ramp) and BC4 (players have physical disabilities and need no assistance).
The main goal is to allow people with cerebral palsy, brain damage or severe physical disability, as well as people with no disabilities, to get started in a physical and sports activity and promote their integration into society.
Boccia has a wide range of physical and psychological benefits:
- Increased concentration and self-control.
- Greater development of basic physical skills such as coordination and dexterity.
- Increased creativity and decision-making skills.
- Increased joint mobility in several body parts.
- Greater neuromuscular and spasticity control.
People aged 16 years and over who are members of the UA administration, service, research or academic staff or UA students, as well as members of other Alicante associations and groups of people with functional diversity who have the disabilities listed above.