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.

We are very happy to have coaching in our venues again. The positive feedback we have received from customers already using our venues saying how safe and enjoyable their experience with us has been has been has been hugely appreciated. We are working hard to ensure that our coaching customers have the same experience. 

As with all our other activities in our venues, to ensure the safety of everyone we’ve introduced a number of measures.  We will continue to review these measures over the coming months as the environment and guidelines from the Scottish Government and national sports governing bodies change. Our priority will always be the safety of our customers and our teams. Some key things to be aware of are:

  • We may use different entrances and exits to our buildings than normal.
  • We have to maintain a safe number of people in our venues at any one time. If you are coming into our buildings with your child for their lesson, only one adult can accompany a participant and we are asking our customers not to take siblings/other children with them if at all possible. Children under 12 do not have to distance from each other, but still have to distance from other adults and therefore still have to be accounted for in our safety measures and calculations.
    Important: In some sports the national sports governing body's guidelines mean we cannot allow accompanying siblings/other children.     
  • Please follow the rules about wearing face coverings. Currently anyone aged 5 years and over is required to wear a face covering until their class.

Before you come to your first class class it’s important to read where to go and what to do at your venue – see here for full details.

Full details of our guidelines and what to expect in each of our venues can be found in ‘Coaching Guidelines’ below.

We know that this is a little different – for everyone - but we can assure you that our welcome will be as warm and our lessons as fun as ever. Our teams will always be there to look after you and your family. We appreciate your understanding as we work together to keep everyone safe. 

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.

You can see what what classes are running where, check availability and even request a space - all online in 3 simple steps:

  1. Decide which class would be right for your child using our class information above.
  2. Find out where and when your class is on and whether it has spaces using the 'Class Availability' button below. 
  3. You can then check space availability (updated every 4 hours) and complete a simple online 'Request Form'.
Once we receive your form we'll do a check and get back to you to confirm whether we have a space held for you and what the next steps regarding payment are. Please be aware that your space is guaranteed only when we confirm we have received your Direct Debit instructions.

Please note: we cannot currently run our Adult Boccia class as this is restricted under Level 3 of the Scottish Government's guidance.  Please continue to request a space if you are interested. We will book  you in (if possible) and get back in touch as soon as we can confirm when these classes can start.

We have introduced rules and measures to ensure that we can welcome you back into an environment that is safe for you and our staff. We all have a responsibility as a community to keep each other safe, and by following our guidelines we can do this whilst enjoying being back

1. Important things to know about our coaching classes

2. How to find your way and what to expect in each of our venues

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.

For further coaching frequently asked questions click here.