Boccia is a Paralympic sport for athletes with disabilities that have a major impact on motor skills. Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls.
Boccia Wales was formed in 2007 with the aim of developing a pathway for players from Grass Roots to Elite Competitive opportunities.
Since its inception Wales has been represent at National & International level, with Jacob Thomas from Pembrokeshire representing GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
For information on opportunities local to you go our club search pages, whilst competitive opportunities information can be made through our Academy Manager, Gerwyn Owen
Email Gerwyn or Tel: 02920 344926 / 07918716344
The Welsh Association of Visually Impaired Bowlers, which has six affiliated clubs, was formed to promote, encourage and organise the playing of bowls by visually impaired people in Wales.
The six affiliated clubs are based in Newport, Blackwood, Cardiff, Barry, Swansea and Milford Haven. Unfortunately, the Association does not have any affiliated clubs in Mid or North Wales at the moment but, if any visually impaired person living in those areas is interested in playing bowls, please contact any of the numbers below to see if the Association can help in any way.
Most of the clubs play outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter and they do compete against other clubs in invitation competitions and friendly matches. There are also opportunities to compete in Welsh and UK championships and even Commonwealth games and World championships but the clubs are also happy to welcome bowlers who simply want to enjoy a sociable and relaxing game of bowls.
If you are visually impaired but still reasonably active and looking for a sports outlet, bowls might be your game – give it a try! You will be warmly welcomed at any of the clubs and you can have some instruction, free of charge, if you have not played before.
If you are already a bowler but starting to have eyesight problems, please be aware that taking up VI bowls does not exclude you from continuing to play in a sighted team. The only adaptation for VI bowlers is a thin white cord down the middle of the rink and many of our VI bowlers play for and against sighted teams.
If you are interested in finding out more about VI bowls or the club in your area, please contact any of the following:
John Wilson Tel 01792 895865
Tony Harris Tel. 01495 271376
Sheila Kinch Tel 02920 400897
As a registered charity Disability Ski Wales provides people with disabilities the opportunity to ski and have fun.
The organisation holds social events such as BBQ,s, Xmas dinner, & winter ski holidays.
All volunteers are provided with full training prior to supporting the running of the club.
From the 19th July 2014 their venue, Llanddudno Dry Ski Slop centre in North Wales has been awarded the title Centre of Excellence, the first in Wales and the UK.
For more information please visit:
North Wales: Pete Harris. 07854972660 / Gordon Roe 01824 703384
South Wales: Chris Harvey 01792519784.
WSAPLD was founded in 1981 to provide opportunities for people experiencing learning difficulties of all abilities to take part in competitive and instructional sport. The association welcomes new members. It enjoys a close association with the Federation of Sport for Disabled Wales and is organised into main regions.
The flagship of the Association is the Welsh Special Games which is held every year over a 4 day period and hosted alternately by the two Regions. Competition is based on a banding system which ensures equally matched events.
For more information please contact:
Sue Robinson for the South region: Email Sue
Matthew Paine North region: Email Matthew
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Known as WPTSA, the organisation is a registered charity which formed in 1960 in the Spinal Injuries Unit of Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff.
WPTSA works to enable people with spinal injuries to fulfil their lives through sport. The association currently funds Wheelchair Tennis, Table Tennis, Powerlfiting and Bowls.
For further information please contact the Chair: Jim Munkley on 07860839762
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