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You 'Boccia' believe it's back for 2018/19!

This event is open to all primary schools in the Borough, however, due to there being a limited number of places available please book early. 

This year we will have a morning session for 12 teams (10am-12noon) and an afternoon session for 12 teams (12.30pm-2.30pm).

Upon registration, in the comments box, please indicate which session you would prefer to attend. Although we cannot guarantee your preference, we will do our best to accommodate this.


Competition Format 

  • Inclusive event open to all special and mainstream schools.

  • Match duration will be dependent on entries and determined at the time of the draw.

  • Points awarded are: 3 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.

  • Group placing determined by: most games won, highest points, points difference.

  • For supporting boccia in your school please visit https://bocciaengland.org.uk/

Draw Format

  • Round robin groups. All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.


  • All teams will proceed to a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final to determine the Overall Standings. Final pool standings will be determined from results. Winners of the pools will take top seed of their pool, 2nd take 2nd seed of their pool, etc. 


  • Team Medals: GOLD and Trophy: winners. SILVER: runners-up. BRONZE: 3rd place.

  • Certificates will be presented to all participants.

 Format & Rules


  • Boccia is a game similar to bowls where each team’s objective is to try and position their balls as close to the target ball (jack) as possible. A game consists of two sides, the red side and the blue side. Each team is made of 3 players with 2 balls.

  • 3 on court at any time (minimum 1 girl + 1 boy).

  • Group games played at two ends (dependent on time available). Finals played at three ends (dependent on time avaliable).

  • All players must be seated during the game.

  • The ball can be propelled by rolling, throwing or kicking. A ramp may be used to help children when rolling.

  • The red side always propels the jack in the first end.

  • The jack ball is white and is thrown first. The jack ball must cross the ‘V’ line to be in play.

  • The player who propels the jack ball also propels their team’s first coloured ball.

  • A player from the opposite side then propels their first coloured ball.

  • The side furthest from the jack plays until they get closest, or run out of balls.

  • The end is complete when all balls from both sides have been propelled.

  • One point is awarded for every ball of the same colour which is closest to the jack.

  • The blue side then starts the second end.

  • After both ends have been completed the winning side is the team with the higher accumulative score from both ends. If the scores are equal during group stages a draw is given. If scores are equal during knockout stages a tiebreak end is played.

  • A tie break end – Each team has a maximum of 3 balls (1 per person max) playoff with the jack being placed on the ‘replaced jack cross’ in the middle of the court. Played out as normal game. A coin toss again decides who plays the first jack ball.


Results and event report will be available on the news webpage within 24 hours of the event ending.

Photo Consent


Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

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First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but staff may not be available to tend to less urgent first aid if they are preoccupied delivering the event. It is important that schools also provide their own first aid kit and qualified person to tend to their children at our events. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should also be with the travelling group to and from any events.

Safeguarding and DBS

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request. 


Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and authorised to attend by your school who will maintain responsibility for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.




MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a safe, enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REF-SPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.


For more information about REF-SPECT please click here.