The three-day camp at Sport & Fitness brought together members of Boccia UK’s World Class Programme, which included athletes who represent Great Britain at international competitions, including the Paralympic Games. With almost 100 days to go until the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, the training camp was crucial for the athlete’s preparation. The camp was also the BC4 athletes first together in 13 months due to the Covid-19 Pandemic!
Boccia is a sport designed for athletes with high support needs and has no Olympic equivalent. It is a target sport played indoors with soft leather balls. It is a sport of intriguing tactics and incredible skill.
During the camp, athletes and coaching staff used the accessible facilities at the University’s Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre. The hotel is closely situated on campus to the Sport & Fitness centre, which allowed the athletes to maximise their time spent training.
It is the first time the squad have used facilities at the University of Birmingham, as well as the first time Sport & Fitness centre has welcomed a Paralympic team.
Commenting on their experience, Performance Coach Claire Morrison said it’s been fantastic to have the squad training together again after a year apart:
“It has been absolutely fantastic here. Everyone has been so helpful, the facilities are excellent. As a court surface, it’s been brilliant, it’s the kind of surface we love to play and train on. It allows us to play to a high skill level, and the whole environment is really safe. We have felt very comfortable coming in to train. Training is going really well for the squad. This is the first time that the athletes have been back training together for well over a year. It was important for us to get it right here and ensure that the final refinements are made before Tokyo, and the guys have done just that”.
Speaking to BC4 athlete Louis Saunders, he said they have achieved a great level of training at Sport & Fitness:
“It’s been amazing, the court is really good. The balls are rolling really straight so we can achieve a high-level training level. Its been great for our confidence and preparation towards Toyko”
Teammate and fellow BC4 athlete Evie Edwards explains that training is going well:
“Really good facilities, the hall has been brilliant to train in, and as a result, preparations are going well”.
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