Enter competition

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 (10am-12noon) and an afternoon session (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 final placings groups to determine the 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.

Safeguarding and DBS

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.

 We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events

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 vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible 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.

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here

Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT 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 REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.

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.

Social Media

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.

Email: info@mertonssp.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.

Comments, Compliments and Complaints

MSSP aims to deliver a first class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here