A Sheffield Boccia club has been awarded the top level club accreditation after only two years.
The Sheffield Smashers club, based at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, is now a level two accredited club by Boccia England, allowing them access to national funding.
Thanks to this success, the club can now apply to Boccia England to help one of their coaches gain a national coaching award.
To achieve the accreditation, the Sheffield Smashers have consistently demonstrated a high level of development and practice in all aspects of the sport.
Boccia, pronounced Bot-cha, is a Paralympic sport similar to bowls, created for people with disabilities affecting their motor functions. Athletes compete alone or as part of a team to throw, kick or use a ramp to launch a ball to get as close as possible to the ‘jack’.
Marc Scott, club development officer for Boccia, said: “The Sheffield Smashers have put in a lot of work and dedicated hours to achieve all the criteria needed, so congratulations to them. I’m looking forward to working with them in the future to develop the club even more.”
Michelle Hayden, development manager for South Yorkshire Sport, said: “It’s great to see such a worthy club getting recognised by the national association. It’s inspiring to see the members work so hard to achieve something they more than deserve and we hope it will encourage more disabled people to take part in such a fantastic sport.”