St Annes take Humber boccia title
11 teams representing schools from across the Humber, East Riding and North Lincolnshire took part in the second Humber boccia competition once again held at Bishop Burton College. The competition was organised by FDSO in partnership with the college, Boccia England and Lords Taverners and was supported by sponsors Action 4 Employment. The competition forms part of the pathway to the Lords Taverners National under 19’s Boccia Championships to be held in Sheffield in March.
Teams competed in 2 groups, playing in a round robin format against each of the other teams in their group with the group winners and runners up qualifying for the semi finals.
Students from Bishop Burton College assisted with the organisation of the event as well as officiating on the day as part of the Boccia Young Officials Award, which all of the learners have now successfully achieved. There were even some students from last year’s event who volunteered to help out again.
Chris Johnson from the college explains why the event is important to the students, stating;
‘The students study 'Exercise for Specific Groups' as part of their course as well as team sports and leadership. These help prepare them for the 'real' world of work by gaining experience working with children with different abilities and educational needs. This variety is essential and can count towards their Community Sport Leader's Award, their NCFE in Volunteering and help make them more employable in the future’
After an exciting day of intense competition Kings Mill A from Driffield were group 1 winners with Northcott A from Hull finishing in second place.
Group 2 winners were Northcott B with St Annes A from Brough as runners up.
The semi final line up saw Kings Mill take on St Annes in game one and a Northcott derby in the second game.
Both games were very close with each team playing some excellent tactical boccia. Eventually it was Northcott B and St Annes A that came out on top and reached the final.
Again the final was of a very high standard. The second end proved crucial as the St Annes team surrounded the jack ball to take 5 points in total. Despite a valiant fight back from Northcott it was St Annes who held on to take the trophy.
Congratulations to all those who took part in an excellent day of boccia and a big thank you to Bishop Burton College, Boccia England and Action 4 Employment for supporting the event.
All the results can be downloaded by clicking the link