Boccia is a target ball sport similar to bowls but played with blue and red leather balls. The aim of the game it to get your colour closer to the white ball. The session is aimed to improve participant’s skills and tactics in a fun social environment. The session is open to both adults and young people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities.

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As with all our other activities in our venues, we've introduced a number of measures to ensure everyone's safety.  We'll continue to review these measures over the coming months as the environment and guidelines from the Scottish Government and national sports governing bodies change.

It is very important that you read our safety guidelines below before attending any class. These include where to drop off and pick up children at each of our venues and much more essential information to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe Edinburgh Leisure experience.

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See our class timetable, space availability and request to book a class. Click below to find out how.

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This is the entry level for new boccia participants. The focus is on understanding the game, participation and developing the basic boccia skills.

This class is for people who are at a competitive level in boccia and regularly compete. The participants will work towards developing specific game related skills and tactics.

On our class timetable you can check spaces, request to book a space, here's how:

  1. Check where and when your class will be on when we reopen and whether it has spaces using the 'Class timetable and availability' button below. 
  2. If there are spaces, you can complete a 'Booking Request Form'. Your space is not guaranteed at his stage. We will check and get back to you to confirm we have held a space and what the next steps are.  Your space is guaranteed once we have your Direct Debit instruction and we have emailed confirmation to you. Normally we collect Direct Debits on or around the 1st of each month. The monthly amount is calculated and collected over 12 months.

What is boccia?

Boccia (pronounced botcha) is a Paralympic target sport played indoors on a court. Players propel a boccia ball by rolling, throwing or kicking it towards the target (jack) ball. As an activity, boccia is similar to boules but uses a soft leather ball, which means it can be played at any time in any place and by anyone.

Who can play?

Boccia is ideal for all people with a disability and is popular with wheelchair users and individuals with cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and acquired age-related disability.

What ages can play?

Our sessions are open to anyone from 5 to 105 however most participants tend to be in high school or adults.

Can I take part if I cannot throw a ball?

Participants who are unable to self-propel a ball can use a ramp to play the ball onto the court. We do have a small number of ramps available for use by participants but cannot guarantee one will be available.

Do I need to bring a career?

Participants are not required to bring a career however, each participant/participant’s primary career will be asked to complete a form detailing their support needs and from this the lead coach will discuss with the participant/participant’s primary career if they may require support from a career to full access the sessions.

Where can I play boccia?

Please see our 'Class Availability' timetable above.

Is there the opportunity to compete at boccia?

Most weeks within the sessions we will play either full or conditioned games. There are boccia tournaments ran by external partners throughout the year and coaches will pass information and application packs onto participants if they wish to take part, however attendance at these tournaments is will be entirely at the participants own discretion.

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