Celebrating Boccia Success

Celebrating Boccia Success

Athletes from a West Yorkshire specialist school have been celebrating their recent sports success.

The group, from St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf, took part in the recent Panathon Challenge for Boccia which was held in Doncaster recently. The team competed in the North of England Deaf Boccia Finals.

The event saw four teams from the school, which is based in Boston Spa, compete in the hotly contested event. Boccia is a precision ball sport related to bowls and pétanque.

Head of PE at the school Kate Pirie said: “The individuals and teams did very well and we had one semi-finalist from within our teams, which was a great achievement.

“The sport is one we practice at school as part of our PE curriculum which also includes football, pilates, circuit training, tennis, athletics and rounders. It’s all great for the fitness of the students and good practice for the upcoming Sport Relief Move for a Mile challenge the young people, and staff, will be undertaking!”

The Panathlon Foundation is a sports charity that enables children with disabilities in England to have competitive sporting opportunities.

St John’s provides a specialist educational environment, offering both residential and day placements to hearing impaired pupils and is also a specialist school for young people with sensory and physical impairments. St John’s is an oral school where pupils are taught by specialist teachers of hearing impaired children.