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Boccia at the NRH

Boccia is a very popular sport in the NRH, with the game often being incorporated into a patients’ rehabilitation programme, whilst also being a source of enjoyment through the Recreational Therapy Service. Thanks to our donors and supporters, the NRH Foundation has been able to support this activity in the NRH over the years through the replacement of the equipment.

What is Boccia?

“Bocce” is a simple game that originated in ancient Rome 2,500 years ago.  The name Bocce is derived from the Latin “Bottia”, which means Boss.  The sport was always heralded for its athletic qualities, spirit and competition and rejuvenation properties to the body.

Boccia, based on Bocce, introduced in New York in 1984, is a precision Paralympic ball sport that requires precision and accuracy.  It is played in the NRH’s new state-of-the-art sports hall and uses up the space about the size of a badminton court.  It can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. It is a fully accessible sport.  Athletes may throw, kick, or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court.  Boccia regularly improves physical conditioning, nurturing patients’ movement skills and physical abilities.

Where some patients have very limited independence, boccia provides this independence by providing the opportunity for a patient to make decisions, choose options and plan strategies.  The sport provides patients with the therapeutic opportunity to socially engage in a non-threatening environment by encouraging patients to interact with their peers, allowing them to develop new physical skills, communication, and confidence.  The activity provides exercise independence in a safe environment under the supervision of trained staff and volunteers in the NRH.

Every year, the NRH hosts the annual Sports Championships for its inpatients, where Boccia consistently stands out as one of the most competitive and enjoyable games. The NRH Foundation takes pride in supporting this activity that is not only fun and inclusive but also contributes to a patients’ rehabilitation journey.

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