The Merton School Sport Partnership held the annual Borough Boccia Competition on Friday 25th January 2019 at Canons Leisure Centre. This year, a record 30 teams took part eclipsing last year’s 24. The day was spilt over two sessions with 15 teams in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. For each session the teams were split into 3 groups of 5 to battle for their place in the final seeding groups made up of 5 groups of 3 teams – the first group playing for medals.
Boccia is an inclusive mixed-gender Paralympic event that can be played by all ages, abilities and disabilities. The aim of the game is to propel your ball nearest to the ‘Jack’ ball to win.
The day consisted of 4 group games for all the teams followed by 2 final placings games to decide the overall positions. The children taking part were really enthusiastic and positive which gave the event an enjoyable atmosphere. It was evident that teams had been practicing as there was some great team tactics played.
The MSSP team was particularly impressed with the attitudes between teams – always being supportive and congratulating each other after the matches. It was inspiring to see children helping their opponents and being considerate of any physical or learning difficulty.
All the teams showed great sportsmanship towards their peers and opponents but we were proud to announce two REFSPECT winners per tournament. Bond and SS Peter and Paul were awarded the prize for the morning session with Singlegate and Cricket Green winning for the afternoon. There were many other moments throughout the day from schools that this award could have been nominated for including Malmesbury for being able to remain for the afternoon session due to a team withdrawal. This meant the groups had the correct number of teams allowing all children to compete as expected. Thank you!
A big thank you to Canons Leisure Centre for hosting and to the Harris Academy Morden sports leaders for officiating all the matches. They were excellent and a credit to their school. Thank you to all the schools that attended, we hope the children had a fantastic day and we hope to see them back again at next year’s event. The final medalist positions were as follows;
1 Poplar A
1 Joseph Hood
2 William Morris B
3 William Morris A